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Health Benefits of Brahmi or Bacopa Monnieri

Rajan is a botany and chemistry major. He has worked as a poultry breeder for 23 years, breeding layer and broiler parents.

Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri)

Gotu Kola (Centella asiatica)

Difference Between Gotukola and Bramhi

About Brahmi And Gotu kola - A Clarification

A lot of confusion exists among Brahmi and Gotu kola which many times are considered as one and the same herb. However, both are essentially different plants as can be seen below, although both herbs are used to improve brain function.

BRAHMI

Latin name: Bacopa monnieri

Brahmi is also called Indian Pennywort and Water Hyssop.

GOTU KOLA

Latin Name: Centella asiatica

Gotu kola is called Mandukparni in Sanskrit

In North and South India Gotu kola or mandukparni is also called Brahmi.

However

About Brahmi Herb

Brahmi is one of the most important of Ayurvedic herbs and can easily be grown anywhere where water is available.

The entire plant is useful medicinally. Brahmi balances the tri-doshas and dhatus. It prevents as well as treats disease.

As Swami Sivananda said, " It is rarely possible to come across a herb of such great worth".

Brahmi's uses in neurological and psychiatric disturbances are too well known.

It is also called the "Herb of Grace".

Brahmi or Bacopa monnieri

The Bacopa monnieri plant commonly grows in marshy areas all over India and other Southeast Asian countries and the USA.

Brahmi is a small, creeping, widely branching herb that has small oblong but thick leaves that occur opposite one another on the stem.

It bears white or light purple small flowers. Brahmi can also grow in and underwater, even in brackish water whether under the shade or in full sun. The only requirement is ample water.

Health Benefits Of Brahmi

Since centuries Brahmi has been mainly used as a revitalizing herb in Ayurveda.

However, It has antispasmodic, astringent, cardiotonic, diuretic, anti convulsant, anti inflammatory, analgesic, antipyretic and antiepileptic properties.

Brahmi reduces kapha and balances pitta. In right doses, it also balances the Vata.

This herb helps to overcome exhaustion, stress, debility and vata aggravation.

Brahmi also has satvic properties, of making the body pure. It helps one in overcoming addictions of all types including alcoholism and drug abuse, even the habit of consumption of excess sugar.

Brahmi purifies the blood and also helps in cleansing the system of toxins and poisons. It is therefore very useful in skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis, syphilis, leprosy etc.

It boosts immunity, is useful in alleviating venereal diseases including AIDS. It also controls excessive sexual urges.

Brahmi cleanses the kidneys and restores liver function after toxin damage. It cools the urinary system since it reduces pitta.

It calms and protects the heart and a heart attack.

Brahmi reduces stress and tension all over the body, cures constipation due to stress and relieves menstrual pain,

Brahmi prevents degeneration of brain tissue even helping to regenerate it. This property is useful in treating Alzheimer's.

It protects newborn infants against low blood sugar-induced severe brain damage.

It removes redness and swelling due to illness or irritation in any part of the body including the brain.

Brahmi provides very good antioxidant protection by preventing call damage due to free radicals thus reducing risks of many life-threatening diseases.

Note: Brahmi is NOT addictive in the least.

Some Home Remedies With Brahmi

(By Swami Sivananda from his book, Home Remedies)

# Brahmi drink (for strength. as a tonic and a cooling beverage)

Soak some Brahmi leaves in water overnight. Next morning grind these leaves to a paste along with some almonds, candy sugar and milk.

This drink will tone up the liver and remove all types of worms from the intestine as well.

It will also strengthen the brainpower and eliminate nerve weakness.

# Brahmi Leaves' Paste (for relief from diarrhoea and dysentery)

The paste of Brahmi leaves if applied on the child's navel helps to control diarrhoea and dysentery.

This paste is also useful in reducing swellings of joints, testicles, in elephantiasis and cures boils.

Even the juice of the leaves can be used for this purpose.

1-2 tsp of the juice of leaves mixed with cow's milk will help to cleanse the blood, cure skin diseases in children and fever AND stomach troubles and syphilis in adults.

Dried Brahmi leaf powder

Five grains of the powder added to 2 pounds of milk and consumed twice daily increases memory and strengthens the brain. It is also useful in leprosy.

The leaves should be dried in shade and then powdered and stored in an airtight bottle.

Brahmi Tea And Its Health Benefits

Brahmi tea is simple to make at home.

Just steep 1 teaspoon of brahmi leaf powder or a teabag in hot water for 5 minutes.

Strain and add honey or sugar as needed.

Brahmi tea calms the mind, relieves stress, elevates the mood and brings on good sleep.

Precautions

There are no known side effects of brahmi but since the effect of Brahmi during pregnancy or breastfeeding is not much known please avoid consuming it.

References

  • http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20850955
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  • http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21377853
  • http://www.ayurvedacollege.com/articles/students/Brahmi
  • http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22105846
  • http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23975094
  • http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21966114
  • http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22143822
  • http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18931935
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  • http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23092408
  • http://www.naturalnews.com/031771_Brahmi_benefits.html

Disclaimer

The information provided in this hub is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult your physician, or health care provider before taking any home remedies, supplements or starting a new health regime.

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

© 2014 Rajan Singh Jolly

Comments

Olamide235 on June 20, 2020:

Uwlc

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on June 19, 2020:

Thank you Olamide

Olamide235 on June 19, 2020:

Wow really nice

Marlene Bertrand from USA on September 27, 2014:

I always learn something new from you. I have never even heard of this herb. It is a beautiful plant. I'm always on the look out for new hair products so I'm going to take a look at the Brahmi Hair Oil.

Anita Saran from Bangalore, India on September 26, 2014:

Very helpful hub. Now I know that what I have is gotu kola, not brahmi although the nursery that sold it to me told me it was brahmi.

Nell Rose from England on September 24, 2014:

This was a fascinating read rajan, I wasn't sure what herb it was until I saw the name Pennywort, then I recognised it. I learned something new so thank you!

Dianna Mendez on September 22, 2014:

I have not heard of this before but I'm sure it I would try it for the health benefits. Thanks for the education!

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on September 20, 2014:

Thanks Devika and it's good to see you visit.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on September 20, 2014:

Always a new discovery from you and so interesting to learn of another herb.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on September 19, 2014:

Thank you, Bill. I appreciate your visit and comments. Hope you have a great weekend too, my friend.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on September 19, 2014:

I've never heard of it, so thanks for the information. I hope you are well my friend. Have a wonderful weekend.