Brahmi : The natural herb for nervous system care











   Brahmi is commonly known as Thyme leaved gratiola. The plant have excellent memory enhancing property. 

Brahmi contains phytochemicals like 

-Saponin, 

-Betulinic acid, 

-Stigmasterol etc. which aids in it’s cardio-tonic and nervous system supporting actions. Dr.Varun Ram Raj of Ayurvedatarian uses the herb Brahmi for the treatment of wide range of nervous system cases. According to Ayurvedic textbooks, Brahmi is the main ingredient of all Medhya oushadhas (Medicines which promotes intellect). The single herb in powder or tablet form can be used to treat acute cough and breathing discomforts.


Botanical name : Bacopa monnieri

Family :  Scrophulariaceae 

Habitat: Found through out India


Parts Used

  • Whole plant


Classical categorisation based on Ayurveda

Charaka Samhita – Samjnasthapana varga (Used to promote intellect and memory)



Pharmacological Action

  • Memory enhancer
  • Anticonvulsant 
  • Diuretic 
  • Blood purifier
  • Anti-inflammatory 


Medicinal property according to Ayurveda

  • Rasayana (Rejuvenation property)
  • Medhya ( Promotes intellect)
  • Visaghna (Anti-poisonous )
  • Kandughna (Beneficial for reducing itching)
  • Kushtaghna (Used for treating skin disorders )
  • Jwaraghna (Reduces fever )


Therapeutic indications

  • Epilepsy (Apasmara) – Brahmi is processed along with old ghee, sankhu pushpi (Convolulus pluricaulis), and Vacha (Acorus calamus) ,taken internally is beneficial in epilepsy. 
  • Insanity (Unmada) – Juice prepared from Brahmi, Sankhu pushpi (Convolulus pluricaulis), and Vacha mixed with honey is beneficial insanity.
  • To promote intellect (Medhya janana)  - Daily intake of Juice of Brahmi along with honey and Sankhu pushpi churna can promote intellect

Dosage

Powder (Churna) – 5-10g

Decoction (Kashaya)- 90 ml

Juice (Swarasa)- 10-20 ml

Tablet - 2 tablets twice daily or as per the advice of the Ayurveda doctor 

Note: Ayurveda medications must be taken only after consulting an Ayurveda doctor. 


Formulations 

  • Brahmi ghrta
  • Manasamitra vataka
  • Brahmi vati
  • Saaraswatarishta
  • Kalyanaka ghrtha


Morphology :


 Succulent annual herb of spreading nature. 

Branches are numerous. 

Leaves are simple and oblong shaped. 

Flowers are small and axillary. 

Fruits are capsule and of ovoid shape. 

Seeds are minute and many.


Vernacular names of Brahmi

English – Thyme leaved gratiola

Hindi- Jalnim

Malayalam – Brahmi 



Synonyms of Brahmi 

  • Thoyavali
  • Matsyakshi
  • Vayastha
  • Somavalli


Rasapanchaka of Brahmi

Rasa- Madhura (sweet) Tikta (bitter) and Kashaya (astringent )

Guna-  Laghu (Light)

Vipaka- Madhura (sweet)

Virya- Sita (cold)


  The Madhura rasa (sweet taste) of Brahmi is helpful in reducing Vata dosha, it’s cold potency helps in alleviating Pitta dosha and it’s Tikta (Bitter) helps in reducing Kapha dosha. Hence Brahmi can be used in diseases causes by the vitiation of all 3 doshas. Brahmi 

Dr. Varun Ram Raj, is leading the research for Ayurvedatarian single herbs and herbal combinations for making the availability of high quality herbal as well as Ayurvedic products to the globe. 


Researches on Brahmi 



  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3746283/


Frequently asked questions:

  1. Is Brahmi a good herb to improve memory?

  Yes, Brahmi is a good herb to improve memory if used properly under the guidance of an Ayurveda doctor from India. 


        2. Is it possible to take Brahmi without taking an Ayurveda consultation?

  No, Brahmi must be taken only after a proper Ayurveda consultation. All Ayurveda medicines must take after consulting an Ayurveda doctor. 

       3. Which are the most used Ayurvedic herbs?

            Brahmi, Arjuna, Tulsi, Amalaki or Amla, Neem, Sunti, Gotukola, Pippali, Manjishta, Yashtimadhu, Aloe vera, Punarnava and Aswagandha are most used Ayurvedic herbs. Follow Ayurvedatarian for getting all the details and aspects of Ayurveda. 

      
     

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