Herb of the Month
Latin name : Bacopa
Common Name :
Babies tear, Bacopa monnieri, Herpestis
monniera, water hyssop
Used : Whole
Distribution : Brahmi
is an annual creeping plant found throughout
India including the North Eastern region.
Bacopa monniera is bitter in taste; has been
used in the Ayurvedic system of medicine for
centuries. Brahmi which occurs naturally in
India and has a long history of use in the
Ayurvedic medicine tradition in the
treatment of a number of disorders,
particularly those involving anxiety,
intellect and poor memory. Traditionally, it
was used as a brain tonic to enhance memory
development, learning, and concentration.
Bacopa monniera, is a small, creeping herb
with numerous branches, succulent, rooting
at the nodes, with numerous prostrate
branches, each 10-30 cm long. Brahmi leaves
are petiole, oblong, sessile, and fleshy.
Flowers are purple in color; axillary,
solitary with peduncles. In India and the
tropics it grows naturally in wet soil,
shallow water, and marshes. The herb can be
found at elevations from sea level to
altitudes of 4,400 feet, and is easily
cultivated if adequate water is available.
Flowers and fruit appear in summer and the
entire plant is used medicinally.
of using Brahmi :
Brahmi has been found to be very
beneficial in the treatment of anxiety neurosis and mental
fatigue. It has been found to significant improve IQ
levels, general ability, behavioral patterns and mental
concentration in children. Brahmi is useful for improving
mental clarity, confidence and memory recall. For these
uses of Brahmi, it has been widely used by students.
Brahmi is also used for the treatment
of epilepsy, insomnia, asthma and rheumatism.
Studies have also shown Brahmi to possess
Brahmi is effective against diseases
like bronchitis, asthma, hoarseness, arthritis,
rheumatism, backache, constipation, hair loss, fevers,
digestive problems etc.
Brahmi is bitter in flavor, in India
the plant is used in salads, soups, as a cooked lea
vegetable, or pickled.
Research has shown that Brahmi has
Antioxidant, Cardiotonic and Anticancer properties.
The plant is also used for all sorts of skin problems-
eczema, psoriasis, abscess, ulcerations- it is said to
stimulate the growth of skin, hair and nails.
Two chemicals in bacopa, bacosides A and B, improve the
transmission of impulses between nerve cells in your
brain. The neurobiological effects of these isolated
molecules were found to increase protein kinase activity
and new protein synthesis, specifically in cells in region
of the brain associated with long-term memory. Bacopa also
increases your level of serotonin, a brain chemical known
to promote relaxation. The herb's ability to boost brain
function while reducing anxiety may explain why it helps
Aside from increasing intellectual and cognitive function,
Brahmi induces a sense of calm and peace in its users. It
is unique in its ability to invigorate mental processes
whilst reducing the effects of stress and nervous anxiety.
This makes Brahmi extremely applicable in highly stressful
work or study environments where clarity of thought is as
important as being able to work under pressure. Many
people have the intelligence to perform to strict
standards, but lack the composure and self-confidence to
reach them. Additionally, Brahmi helps soothe the
restlessness and distraction that nervousness causes.
Brahmi is ideal for students and workers faced with this
Ailments for which
Brahmi can be used :
Improves intellect, consciousness, and
Calms the mind and promotes relaxation -
Increases protein synthesis and activity in brain cells
Improves memory, mental clarity and
Decreases anxiety, restlessness, and
Most commonly used to improve mental
alertness, and enhance learning and academic performance
Improves learning capacity
In a study of its effects on children, it
showed significant improvement in
exploratory drive, improved perceptual image of patterns and
increased perceptual organization and reasoning ability.
There was improvement in the performance of school children
with poor educational performance.
Who can take Bacopa (Brahmi) ?
Because herbal medicines are relatively mild and gentle on
the human body, Bacopa Brahmi can be taken by practically
everyone, regardless of age and gender. People can take
Bacopa for insomnia and memory loss also because it has been
effectively used against these ailments in clinical studies.
- Anyone concerned with improving their
- Anyone suffering from stress or
- Anyone wanting increased focus and
- Anyone struggling with any addiction
from morphine to food or sex
- Anyone wanting to remove age related
decline in mental capacity and increase
- Anyone concerned about developing
alzheimers or dementia
- Anyone wanting to stay alive longer,
brahmi is a potent tonic and longevity
Are there any side effects to
taking Bacopa (Brahmi)?
There are no known side effects to taking Bacopa. Till the
date, there is no record of any person who experienced side
effects after using Brahmi. Person of any age, staying in
any environment can benefit from Brahmi. The Brahmi is an
incredible herb which can change your mental ability
dramatically, it helps in improving grasping power in those
who take it regularly
Is Bacopa addictive?
Bacopa (Brahmi) does not contain any addictive components.
It is safe to use Bacopa for extended periods of time
without fear of addiction.
What kind of action does Bacopa
(Brahmi) have on the body?
Bacopa has a calming effect and is especially useful in
addressing concerns related to anxiety, hyperactivity, and
attention deficit disorders. Further, Bacopa helps improve
intellectual capacity, acuity, clarity of thought, and
concentration. Bacopa is especially important for improving
memory, especially in the elderly, and shortens learning
How long do I have to take Bacopa
before I can see results or improvements?
Herbal medicines address health concerns at the root and
work in ways to improve overall health. They provide
progressive, long-lasting results. Typically, Bacopa takes 3
- 4 weeks to take effect, although there are some individual
differences, depending on the seriousness of the health
Other use of Brahmi :
Anti Aging : Effects
of a standardized Bacopa monnieri extract has a positive
effect on cognitive performance, anxiety, and depression in
the elderly in a randomized, double-blind,
placebo-controlled trial. Studies in humans also show
that an extract of the plant has anti-anxiety effects.
No adverse effects were observed in
hematological or clinical parameters in the
The toxic effects of free
radicals are warded off by the brahmi,
: Aids in beating back and
neutralizing all the free radicals inside
the brain, the linings of the brain cells
are protected by the brain and this action
prevents long term damage to the nervous
tissues making up the brain.
& Anxiety : Ideally,
people who spend a lot of time in very
stressful work or study environments can
take the brahmi, not only for its calming
effects but also due to its unique property
of bringing about an improvement in the
cognitive functioning of the brain.
Supplements that contains Brahmi :