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What does Ayurveda say about Brahmi?

Brahmi, also known as Bacopa Monnieri, contains antioxidant and acts as anti-inflammatory, diuretic, anticonvulsant, cardiotonic and bronchodilator. It can also help prevent peptic ulcers and act as a blood purifier in the body. 

This super herb is also known for improving memory and treating epilepsy & sleeplessness. It is often times used as an anxiolytic which means to relieve anxiety. When it comes to memory enhancement, the focus is predominantly on minimizing forgetfulness rather than on facilitating learning.

What does Ayurveda say about Brahmi? Let’s break it down

In Ayurveda, Brahmi falls under the category of Medhya Sasayana, a group of plants with medicinal properties which contain benefits specifically to boost memory and intellect. This property is also referred to as nootropic medication.

Brahmi grows naturally in areas with abundant moisture throughout the country. Fresh Brahmi herbs have a quadrangular creeping stem with fleshy leaves. Flowers are solitary, axillary, and have a pink perianth, while the stem bears clusters of white thin wiry roots.

Therapeutic Ayurvedic properties of Brahmi

RASA (taste): tikta (bitter), kasaya (astringent), madhura (sweet)

GUNA (quality): laghu (light)

VIPAKA (taste after digestion): madhura (sweet)

VIRYA (potency): sheeta (cold)

PRABHAVA (property): medhya (brain tonic)

Health benefits of Brahmi:

Assists in neuroprotection:

The bioactive components of Brahmi are bacosides which protect the brain from oxidative damage and age-related cognitive decline such as with Alzheimer’s disease or Parkinson disease through a variety of ways. Therefore, Brahmi acts as a neuroprotective and enhances the memory, intellectuality and cognitive function.

Acts as antihyperglycemic:

Extracts of Brahmi may have insulin-like property and antihyperglycemic benefits due to an increase in peripheral glucose consumption and protection against oxidative damage. Other Brahmi extracts with antioxidant properties have a positive effect on haemoglobin glycosylation (HbA1C) and the liver glycogen content in the body.

Filled with antioxidants:

Antioxidants are compounds that assist in protecting cells from free radicals, which are potentially damaging molecules. Bacopa monnieri or Brahmi, includes strong compound called bacosides, which may have an anti-oxidizing impact by neutralising free radicals and preventing fat molecules from interacting with free radicals, particularly in the brain, reducing neurodegeneration.

Gastroprotective activity:

The anti-ulcer and ulcer-healing properties of Brahmi extract may be attributed to its effects on numerous mucosal offensive and defensive mechanisms in stress-induced stomach ulcers. Brahmi’s ulcer-protective effect can also be attributed to its effect on mucosal defence factors such increased mucin secretion, mucosal glycoprotein, and decreased cell shedding, all of which contribute to a reduced gastric ulcer.

Acts as an anxiolytic:

Brahmi is an adaptogenic herb that boosts your body’s stress resistance. Therefore Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri) reduces stress and anxiety by improving mood and lowering cortisol levels, a hormone that is intimately linked to stress.

Acts as a memory booster:

Brahmi has a tremendous impact on memory and learning. It aids in the reduction of norepinephrine and dopamine levels in the brain, resulting in improved cognitive ability. 

Acts as a cardiotonic:

Bacopa monneri ethanol extract acts as a cardiotonic by causing vasoconstriction and neuromuscular blocking activities, as well as having a sedative effect that allows the heart to perform more efficiently.

Anti-inflammatory properties:

Brahmi works as an anti-inflammatory by selectively inhibiting the cyclo-oxygenase-2 (COX-2) enzyme, resulting in a decrease in COX-2-mediated prostanoid mediators, which helps to alleviate acute inflammation and pain.

General FAQ

Can I take Brahmi for a long period?

Ans:  Yes, Brahmi can be used for a longer period of time but only in recommended doses because it has rejuvenating properties that impact positively on the entire body system.

Are there any side effects of Brahmi?

Ans: Overdosing on Brahmi may result in loose mobility due to its spasmolytic activity, as well as decreased blood pressure and dry mouth due to its antihypertensive effects.     

Source: https://ayurvedant.com/blogs/popular-read/what-does-ayurveda-say-about-brahmi

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