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Health Benefits and Uses of Brahmi (Water Hyssop)

Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri)Health Benefits of Brahmi (Water Hyssop) / Antioxidant: (Free Radicals) / Reduces Inflammation: (Redness and Swelling) / Psychological Benefits: (Stress, Acute and Chronic Stress, Depression, Anxiety, Enhances Mood) / Treats Sleep Disorders: (Insomnia) / Neurological Health: (Neuroprotective, Increases Brain Functions, Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Epilepsy, Anhedonia) / Improves Cognitive Function: (Sharpens Memory, Free Memory Recall, Alzheimer’s Diseases, Dementia, Amnesia) / Respiratory Health: (Asthma) / Boosts Immune System: / Skin Care: (Skin Aging (Wrinkles), Acne, Wounds) / Hair Care: (Hair Growth, Baldness) / Improves Digestive Health: (Gastric Ulcers, Healthy Gut, Diarrhea) / Diabetes: (Blood Sugar) / Supports Cardiovascular Health - Heart Health: (Protects the Heart (Cardioprotective):, High Blood Pressure) / Cancer - Treatment and Prevention: (Colon Cancer) / Relieves Pain and Cramps: (Joint Pain) / Sexual Health: (Male Contraceptive) / Kills Bacterial Infections: (Antifungal) / Reduces Addiction: (Dependence on Opioids)Uses of Brahmi (Water Hyssop)(Traditional Uses of Brahmi, Culinary Uses of Brahmi, Other Uses of Brahmi) | Ayurvedic Uses and Health Benefits of Brahmi (Water Hyssop)

With the scientific name of Bacopa monnieri, this tropical, perennial, non-aromatic creeping herb has been admired in Ayurvedic and traditional medicines across the world for generations. Brahmi has traditionally been used in Ayurvedic medicine for its beneficial qualities and for balancing all three doshas. The plant’s scientific name translates to “energy of universal consciousness” and according to folklore, has been thought to support the mind. You may also know it by other different name, such as water hyssop, baby tears, Jalnaveri, Jalanimba, Sambrani chettu, Nirbrahmi, Indian Pennywort, thyme-leaved gratiola, Bacopa, Babies tear, Bacopa monnieri and Hespestis monniera, Herb of Grace, but among them brahmi is the most common name. This particular creeping herb is native to the wetlands of southern and Eastern India and Sri Lanka, Australia, Europe, Africa, Asia, and North and South America. The plant grows small white flowers and has thick leaves that resemble those of a succulent. Brahmi is frequently incorporated into aquariums due to its ability to grow and live in water.

Bacopa is a medicinal herb used in Ayurveda, where it is also known as "Brahmi", after Brahma, the creator God of the Hindu pantheon. Fêted as the "herb of grace" and "the thinking person’s herb", Brahmi oil gifts you mental clarity by alleviating all kinds of mental ailments with its neuro-pharmacological effects. “It is known as the rejuvenator for all systems in the body and is one of the most commonly used medicated oils”.

Brahmi or Bacopa monnieri is a very well-known medicinal herb. It is used in Ayurveda for centuries. Brahmi is useful in nervous disorders, bronchitis, fever, swelling, abdominal pain, and flatulence. Brahmi has stomachic, digestive, rejuvenative, anti-epileptic, anti-pyretic and analgesic activities.

The oblong juicy leaves of this herb, when put under steam distillation yields Brahmi oil, which is known for its stimulating properties used for enhancing the efficiency of the brain in terms of accuracy, intelligence and attention and mostly prescribed for children to make them more studious, active and attentive.

Antioxidant:

Antioxidants are substances that help protect against cell damage caused by potentially harmful molecules called free radicals. Research suggests that damage caused by free radicals is linked to many chronic conditions. Bacopa monnieri contains powerful compounds that may have antioxidant effects. The antioxidants contained in Brahmi are essential for promoting a healthy lifestyle.

 

 

In a 2010 study "Pharmacological investigation of Bacopa monnieri on the basis of antioxidant, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties" in J. Chem. Pharm. Res. by Abhishek Mathur, Satish K. Verma, Reena Purohit, Santosh K. Singh, Deepika Mathur, GBKS Prasad and V.K. Dua of the whole plant using various extracts, methanol extracts were found to have potent antioxidant, antimicrobial, and anti-inflammatory properties. Active crude methanol extracts assayed for cellular toxicity to fresh sheep erythrocytes showed no cellular toxicity.

A 2009 study "Bacopa monnieri modulates antioxidant responses in brain and kidney of diabetic rats" in Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology by Radhika Kapoor, Saurabh Srivastava, Poonam Kakkar evaluated the protective effect of Bacopa monnieri on tissue antioxidant defense system and lipid peroxidative status in streptozotocin-induced diabetic rats. Results showed Bm extract modulates antioxidant activity, and enhances the defense against ROS generated damage in diabetic rats.

Another 2000 study "Antioxidant activity of Bacopa monniera in rat frontal cortex, striatum and hippocampus" by Bhattacharya SK, Bhattacharya A, Kumar A, Ghosal S of Bacopa monnieri extract on rat brain showed dose-related increases in SOD, CAT and GPX activities, suggesting a significant antioxidant effect after subchronic administration. The increase in oxidative free radical scavenging activity by Bacopa monnieri may explain, in part, the cognitive-facilitating action noted in Ayurveda practice.

Free Radicals:

According to the National Cancer Institute, antioxidants can eliminate free radicals, the dangerous byproducts of cellular metabolism that can cause cells to undergo apoptosis (cell death) or mutate into cancerous cells. For example, bacosides, the main active compounds in Bacopa monnieri, have been shown to neutralize free radicals and prevent fat molecules from reacting with free radicals. When fat molecules react with free radicals, they undergo a process called lipid peroxidation.

These free radicals affect everything from our skin to our cardiovascular system, so a regular dose of brahmi in a daily or weekly diet can help maintain a high quality of life and a healthy metabolism.  Antioxidants may also prevent certain types of cancer, research is ongoing into the direct pathways that the medicinal herb’s components take to prevent or slow the spread of cancer.

However, more scientific evidence and studies are required to support this claim. There is one particularly dangerous toxin, called acrylamide, which Brahmi has specifically shown resistance to; acrylamide is connected to neurodegenerative diseases, so this can add to this herb’s list of benefits as well.

Reduces Inflammation:

Inflammation is your body’s natural response to help heal and fight disease. Brahmi leaves have anti-inflammatory property, effective in reducing swelling and inflammation. It is mostly used intreatment of gout, arthritis and other joint diseases. However, chronic, low-level inflammation has been linked to many chronic conditions, including cancer, diabetes, and heart and kidney disease.

In test-tube studies, Bacopa monnieri appeared to suppress the release of pro-inflammatory cytokines, which are molecules that stimulate an inflammatory immune response. Also, in test-tube and animal studies, it inhibited enzymes, such as cyclooxygenases, caspases, and lipoxygenases, all of which play key roles in inflammation and pain. In animal studies, Bacopa monnieri had anti-inflammatory effects comparable to those of diclofenac and indomethacin, two nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs commonly used to treat inflammation. Nevertheless, more research is needed to determine whether Bacopa monnieri reduces inflammation in humans.

A 2008 study "Inhibition of lipoxygenases and cyclooxygenase-2 enzymes by extracts isolated from Bacopa monniera" in J Ethnopharmacol. by Viji V, Helen A showed Bacopa monniera possesses anti-inflammatory activity through inhibition of COX and LOX and down-regulation of TNF-alpha.

The leaves of the plant or Brahmi oil can be rubbed topically on the affected area to help lower inflammation and reduce irritation. When the brahmi leaves are being rubbed topically on the affected area of the body, then the compounds that is being released can also help to reduce the swelling as well as eliminate the irritation, and the inflammation inside your body. This is an ideal treatment for people who are suffering from gout, arthritis, or any other inflammatory conditions.

Redness and Swelling:

Any irritation or inflammation in the body causes redness, swelling, pain and itching. Autoimmune diseases are one of the causes of this type of painful swelling as are insect bites and other external injuries. Brahmi has anti inflammatory properties that can be helpful in fighting this kind of redness and swelling in the body and the brain. The Brahmi could be used in managing chronic discomfort due to inflammation caused by autoimmune disorders.

Psychological Benefits:

Stress:

Almost all of us including children live in a constant state of stress. Especially the stress that children go through during examination is terrible and needless to say, we adults always and forever live in a state of constant stress. I know it will be next to impossible to live a life free of stress, but we can learn to deal with it and certain herbs make it easier. Brahmi occupies a very important place in keeping us stress free.

The active ingredients in Brahmi can effect hormonal balance in the body and positively impact the balance of stress hormones in our body, thus inducing a calm, relaxed state in a natural way, avoiding the side effects of traditional pharmaceutical options for stress and anxiety relief. An anxiolytic property present in Brahmi extract soothes and calms anxious thoughts and panic attacks.

Brahmi works by stimulating the neurotransmitter hormones dopamine and serotonin in the brain. This brings about a feeling of peace and wellbeing. Brahmi is not an instant cure and works over time to control the substances that cause stress in the brain. It is a long-term but effective adaptogen which helps the body adapt itself to stress and function optimally under all circumstances. Brahmi is also helpful in post-natal depression.

Having all the beneficial saponins and phyto chemicals in possession, Brahmi oil acts as a natural adaptogen actively preventing the biochemical effects of stress and blocking the stress response in the body. It effectively reduces the expression of HSP70, a biomarker of stress in almost all the regions of the brain in particular the hippocampus and the cerebellum. Brahmi oil also increases the anti-oxidant enzymes such as superoxide dismutase, catalase and glutathione peroxide in the brain protecting it from oxidative damage and other stress related factors.

Using Brahmi externally as an oil and internally in the form of tea or capsules will help us pass through rough times in life without undue anxiety and depression. Try to make use of this herb often and combat stress effectively. Many confuse Brahmi with Indian Pennywort | Gotukala (Vallarai in Tamil and it’s botanical name is Centella Asiatica). Though Vallarai is also very good in improving the brain function, they both are different plants and have their own distinctive qualities.

You can chew the leaves from the Brahmi plant in order to get relief from the stress as well as anxiety. The active ingredients in the Brahmi can also effect the hormonal balance in your body as well as positively impact the balance of the stress hormones in the body, thereby inducing a very calm, as well as relaxed state in a more natural way. It will let you to avoid the side effect from a traditional pharmaceutical for stress and anxiety relief.

In one small 2014 study, researchers looked at the effects of a Bacopa extract in healthy participants engaging in multiple tasks. They found positive cognitive effects, some positive mood effects, and a reduction in cortisol levels in those taking Bacopa. Cortisol is a hormone that is associated with stress.

A 2003 study "Adaptogenic effect of Bacopa monniera (Brahmi)" in Pharmacol Biochem Behav. by Rai D, Bhatia G, Palit G, Pal R, Singh S, Singh HK showed the standardized extract of B. monniera possesses a potent adaptogenic effect.

Another 2002 study "Antistress effects of bacosides of Bacopa monnieri: modulation of Hsp70 expression, superoxide dismutase and cytochrome P450 activity in rat brain" in Phytotherapy Research, Volume 16, Issue 7 by D Kar Chowdhuri, D Parmar, P Kakkar et al in adult male Sprague Dawley rats on the antistress effect of bacosides of Brahmi showed Bacopa monnieri has the potential to modulate the activities of Hsp70, P450 and SOD, to prepare the brain to act under adverse conditions such as stress.

Acute and Chronic Stress:

It aids in overcoming acute and chronic stress. In addition to that this oil for the mind helps one in overcoming addiction to ill habits such as drug dependence, smoking, alcoholism etc. Furthermore, Brahmi oil assists in reducing the inflammation in the nerves and possesses neurological anti-aging effect.

With the presence of bacopaside I, bacopaside II and bacopasaponsin C, Brahmi oil naturally alleviates depression and anxiety. Just a gentle massage with Brahmi oil effectively relieves you from tension and fear and provides you a peaceful sleep. It lifts up your spirits and soothes your mind by calming down the nerves with a promise to provide you an eternal elevation.

The best way to alleviate stress is to blend 5 drops of Brahmi oil with 5 drops of Sandalwood oil, 5 drops of Lavender oil and 5 drops of Ylang Ylang oil with 10 ml of Virgin olive oil and massage your system followed by a warm bath diluted with 3 drops of Brahmi oil especially before going to bed can help you in relaxing your nerves, soothing your muscles, alleviating fatigue mentally and physically and grant you the determination to fight stress and its ill effects.

Depression:

A mental health disorder that generally evokes when a person feels depressed, loss of mood, lack of interest in activities, feeling sad, anxious hopelessness and more. In case you are feeling the same then, taking Bacopa or so-called Brahmi can be beneficial to you. Brahmi or saponins contains the saponins called bacosides that helps to boosts the effects of specific neurotransmitters, including acetylcholine and serotonin. Brahmi also increases the effects of gamma aminobutyric acid or “GABA,” acetylcholine and serotonin, which are helpful to deal with depression.

Several animal researches of Bacopa’s effectiveness in treating depression have produced positive results, finding that Bacopa was nearly as effective as common prescription depression medications, but without the side effects. However certain human studies failed to find any anti-anxiety benefits from taking bacopa.

Brahmi has been used for thousands of years for treating anxiety and depression. When consumed internally, it is said to increase the serotonin levels in the brain which is the main reason for a calm mind. You can either take Brahmi in tablet form or try Brahmi tea.

"Bacopa Extract Displays Strong Serotonin Receptor Activity" in Nutraceuticals World study concluded Bacopa extract decreased cAMP production in cells with 5HT1a receptors, suggesting an agonistic effect. The effect was similar to results of a previous study where Bacopa displayed antidepressant effects comparable to imipramine.

A 2018 study "Comparative phytocheical evaluation of natural and micropropagated plants of Bacopa monnieri" in Marmara Pharmaceutical Journal by Firoj A Tamboli, Vinod D Rangari, Suresh G Killedar, Sagae U Jadhav, Trupti S Ghatage, Vishwajeet P Kore evaluated the comparative phytochemical constituents of natural and micro-propagated plants of Bacopa monnieri. The plant yields various phytoconstituents viz. alkaloids, phenolics, saponins, and flavonoids which are responsible for various activities of the plant. Results of comparative testing by HPTLC showed the phytoconstituents in micro-propagated plant are similar to that of the natural plant.

Another 2015 study "Bacopa monnieri promotes longevity in Caenorhabditis elegans under stress conditions" in Pharmacognosy Magazine by Suresh C Phulara, Virendra Shukla, Sudeep Tiwari, Rakesh Pandey evaluated the antioxidant and stress resistance potentials of Bacopa monnieri aqueous extract using Caenorhabditis elegans animal model system. Antioxidant activity was measured by DPPH. reducing power, and polyphenol content. Antistress potential was measured through thermal stress and oxidative stress. Results showed significantly enhanced stress tolerance and increased mean lifespan of worms during normal and oxidative stress. BMW was able to up-regulate expression of stress associated gene hsp-16.2 which significantly (p<0.001) extends the mean lifespan of worms under stress conditions. Results suggest BMW acts as an antistressor and potent reactive oxygen species scavenger which enhances survival of worms in various stress conditions.

In a "Antidepressant effects of methanol extract and fractions of Bacopa monnieri" in Pharmaceutical Biology, 2009 by Yun-Heng Shen, Yun Zhou, Chuan Zhang, Run-Hui Liu, Juan Su, Xiao Hua Liu et al evaluated a methanol extract and its fractions for antidepressant activity using forced swimming test (FST) and tail suspension test (TST) in mice. Results showed the ethanol extract, EtOAc fraction and n-BuOH fraction significantly reduced mobility times in both FST and TST All the samples showed no inhibition against locomotor activity.

Anxiety:

It’s considered an adaptogenic herb, meaning that it increases your body’s resistance to anixety by decreasing the levels of cortisol (the stress hormone), Brahmi helps to regulate its (cartisol) production. Lower levels of cortisol in turn reduce the ill effects of anxiety in the body. It is also helpful in treatment of disorders like depression, anxiety, insomnia, nervousness, etc. The active ingredients in this herb can affect hormonal balance in the body and positively impact the balance of stress hormones in our body, thereby inducing a calm, relaxed state in a natural way, avoiding the side effects of traditional pharmaceutical options for stress and anxiety relief. It can control anxiety: if you are prone to anxiety and panic attacks then it is suggested that you inculcate Brahmi in your daily diet.

Research suggests that Bacopa monnieri helps reduce stress and anxiety by elevating your mood and reducing levels of cortisol, a hormone that is closely linked to stress levels.

One rodent study showed that Bacopa monnieri had anti-anxiety effects comparable to those of lorazepam (benzodiazepine), a prescription medication used to treat anxiety. However, human studies on Bacopa monnieri and anxiety show mixed results.

For example, two 12-week human studies found that taking 300 mg of Bacopa monnieri daily significantly reduced anxiety and depression scores in adults, compared with the placebo treatment. Yet, another human study found that treatment with Bacopa monnieri had no effect on anxiety. More large-scale human studies are needed to confirm its effects on stress and anxiety.

A 2019 study "Bacopa monnieri Supplements Offset Paraquat-Induced Behavioral Phenotype and Brain Oxidative Pathways in Mice" published in Central Nervous System Agents by Gokul Krishna, Ravikumar Hosamani, Muralidhara evaluated the influence of Bacopa monnieri on behaviors reflecting anxiety-like state and motor function, along with selected biochemical changes in brain regions of mice chronically exposed to the herbicide, paraquat (PQ). Bacopa monnieri supplementation significantly reversed PQ-induced reduction of exploratory behavior, gait abnormalities and motor impairment. In another study, Bacopa monnieri prevented the reduction in dopamine levels and reversed cholinergic activity in brain regions essential for motor (striatum) pathology. Results suggest Bacopa monnieri supplementation mitigates paraquat-induced behavioral deficits and brain oxidative stress in mice.

Chewing 2-3 Brahmi leaves at a time can provide you relief from anxiety. Eating brahmi decrease the levels of cortisol in the body, which is a stress hormone. Brahmi lowers the effects of anxiety and makes one feel relaxed and calm. You can eat Brahmi leaves, dried and mixed into a powder. Also, you can drink Brahmi juice daily for 1-2 months or take Brahmi supplements. Daily consumption will allow you to deal with your anxiety attacks and also helps reduce anxiety, palpitations, nervousness, insomnia, tiredness, headache and stress. It soothes your mind and at the same time calms your nerves.

Enhances Mood:

An acute, double-blind, placebo-controlled, cross-over study of 320 mg and 640 mg doses of Bacopa monnieri on multitasking stress reactivity and mood was published in Phytotherapy Research by Sarah Benson, Luke A Downey, Con Stough, Mark Wetherell, Andrea Zangara, Andrew Scholey. This double-blind, placebo-controlled, cross-over study evaluated the acute effects of Bacopa monnieri extract (KeenMind-CDRI 08) in normal healthy participants during completion of multitasking framework (MTF). Study concluded that acute Bacopa monnieri supplementation produced some adaptogenic and nootropic effects.

Treats Sleep Disorders:

Insomnia:

Insomnia a sleep disorder where person is unable to sleep properly and Lack of quality sleep in turn causes various disorders like depression, anxiety, tension and stress.

Ayurvedic practitioner recommend to massage with Brahmi oil and take brahmi tonic to get relif from insomnia disorder. Massaging the scalp with Brahmi oil can help to overcome sleep disorder, which can lead to cure the depression, tension, anxiety as well as stress. It is also recommended that the person who is suffering from such negative domain of health can massage his head every night with this oil. It is also helpful with children who are hyperactive too.

Neurological Health:

"Effect of pre- and post-treatment with Bacopa monnieri on phencyclidine-induced disruptions in object recognition memory and cerebral calbindin, parvalbumin, and calretinin immunoreactivity in rats" published in Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment 2019 by P Piyabhan, P Tingpej. N Duansak about Neuroprotection, Cognitive Benefits and PCP Induced Schizophrenic Model, decreased gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA)-ergic neurons in the brain of both schizophrenic patients and animal models indicate that impairment of GABAergic function is implicated in the pathophysiology of the disorder. Study evaluated the cognitive-enhancement and neuroprotective effects of Brahmi on novel object recognition memory and GABAergic neuronal density defined by presence of binding proteins in a subchronic phencyclidine rat model of schizophrenia. Study demonstrated the effects, both partial restoration of cognitive deficit and neuroprotection, of Brahmi, and elucidated its underlying mechanism of actions via increased GABAergic neurons in a PCP-induced schizophrenic-like model. 

A 2008 study "Neuroprotective effect of Bacopa monnieri on beta-amyloid-induced cell death in primary cortical culture" in Journal of Ethnopharmacology by  Nanteetip Limpeanchob, Kornkanok Ingkaninan et al evaluated the neuroprotective effects of Brahmi extracts against beta-amyloid protein (25-35) and glutamate induced neurotoxicity in primary cortical cultured neurons. Results showed the Brahmi extract protected neurons from beta-amyloid induced cell death, but not glutamate-induced excitotoxicity. The neuroprotection may be attributed to its ability to suppress cellular acetylvholiinesterase activity but not the inhibition of glutamate-induced toxicity. The extract promoted cell survival and Brahmi treated neurons expressed lower level of reactive oxygen species suggesting Brahmi restrained intracellular oxidative stress which prolonged the life span of the culture neurons. The extract also exhibited both reducing and lipid peroxidation inhibitory activities.

Increases Brain Functions:

Brahmi protects the brain cells. It prevents and treats many diseases that are related to brain. For instance, scientists are now considering brahmi for treating Parkinson disease which affects the brain. It is also being researched as a potential medicine for patients who suffer from Alzheimer’s diseases which results in rapid degeneration of brain cells.

It is often referred to as a "brain-rejuvenating" plant. It is celebrated as a memory booster from time immemorial. In Ayurveda medicine, Brahmi extract and supplements are recommended for kids aged between 6 to 8 as they help greatly is increasing focus and attention among them. Consumption of Brahmi improves hand-eye coordination in kids and makes them more aware of their actions and surroundings by making the brain more alert. They stimulate the brain which promotes sharper thinking, memory and learning abilities. It is also suggested that people suffering from Alzheimer’s and seizures consume Brahmi.

Medicinally, the entire plant has been used in different formulations to treat various disorders, particularly those involving poor memory, intellect and anxiety. Used as a brain tonic, it promotes cerebrum development and rejuvenates the mind by improving concentration and memory. ‘Bacosides (chemical compound in Brahmi) is responsible for improving efficiency of transmission of signals. It also stimulates the mind by improving alertness and focus while simultaneously calming it by reducing stress and improving sleep quality.

One study in mice showed that supplementing with Bacopa monnieri improved their spatial learning and ability to retain information. The same study also found that it increased dendritic length and branching. Dendrites are parts of nerve cells in the brain that are closely linked to learning and memory.

Additionally, a 12-week study in 46 healthy adults observed that taking 300 mg of Bacopa monnieri daily significantly improved the speed of processing visual information, learning rate, and memory, compared with the placebo treatment.

Another 12-week study in 60 older adults found that taking either 300 mg or 600 mg of Bacopa monnieri extract daily improved memory, attention, and the ability to process information, compared with the placebo treatment.

Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD):

ADHD is a neurodevelopmental disorder that is characterized by symptoms like hyperactivity, impulsivity, and inattentiveness. Interestingly, research has shown that Bacopa monnieri may help reduce ADHD symptoms.

One study in 31 children aged 6–12 years found that taking 225 mg of Bacopa monnieri extract daily for 6 months significantly reduced ADHD symptoms, such as restlessness, poor self-control, inattention, and impulsivity in 85% of the children. A double-blind, placebo controlled, randomized trial of 36 children with ADHD showed a significant benefit at 12 weeks, with improvement in sentence repetition, logical memory and paired associate learning tasks.

Another study in 120 children with ADHD observed that taking an herbal blend that contained 125 mg of Bacopa monnieri improved attention, cognition, and impulse control, compared with the placebo group. Although these findings are promising, more large-scale studies examining the effects of Bacopa monnieri on ADHD are needed before it can be recommended as a treatment.

Water hyssop has been used to treat ADHD with promising results. Brahmi can be beneficial for the hyperactive children. The leaf of your brain also show many similarities with the cerebellum thus can also help the memory and its concentration.

Epilepsy:

Epilepsy is a brain disorder in which a person feel convulsion and seizures are series of disturbed brain action. Epilepsy generally takes place when permanent changes in brain tissue affect the brain to be too excitable and send out abnormal signals. For thousands of years, the leaves of the herb have been used to treat epilepsy as a neurological tonic as well as for cognitive improvement. It is also used to cure many neurological problem like epilepsy when taken along with Vacha. The chemicals of bacosides A and B can help to improve the neuro-transmission among the brain cells. They can also help to repair the damage of the neuron too. Its chemical properties helps to mitigate the neuro-degeneration. Brahmi contains antiepileptic properties that are very useful for epilepsy sufferers. It not only protects the areas of the brain responsible for serotonin uptake but also helps to stabilize the neurotransmitter. In addition Brahmi extracts do have a property that regulates the calcium flux across cell membrane channels.

Often characterized by undetectable periods of vigorous shaking, epilepsy is a group of long-term neurological disorders. With Bacoside –A as the major component, Brahmi essential oil is often paired with Ghee in Ayurveda to treat epilepsy by reducing the occurrence of convulsion.

It induces changes in specific parts of the brain such as striatum and the hippocampus to mediate the reducing activity of the epileptic seizures. Brahmi oil greatly influences the expression of mGluR8 receptors which possess protective mechanism against excito toxicity and hyper excitation. Additionally, Brahmi oil prevents the depletion of dopamine and serotonin and greatly reduces the death of cells in the midbrain that generate dopamine, which remains as one of the causes of Parkinson’s disease.

Numerous researches carried out in this regard confirmed the positive reduction of the depletion of serotonin and dopamine in rats subjected to chronic stress and supplemented with Bacopa monnieri. It has also been proved that the presence of Brahmi oil prevented the depletion of dopamine even in cases of neurotoxicity induced with rotenone and caffeine.

A study in mice showed hersaponin provided protection against seizures. The study using high doses of Bacopa extract demonstrated anticonvulsant effect, an effect not observed with lower doses.

A 2012 study "Decreased GABA receptor in the cerebral cortex of epileptic rats: effect of Bacopa monnieri and Bacoside-A" in Journal of Biomedical Science by Jobin Mathew, Savitha Balakrishnan, Sherin Antony, Pretty Mary Abraham and CS Paulose about Bacopa monnieri and Bacoside-A treatment reversed epilepsy associated changes to near control suggesting decreased GABA receptors in the cerebral cortex have an important role in epileptic occurrence.

Anhedonia:

A study "Bacopa monnieri augmentation therapy in the treatment of anhedonia, preclinical and clinical evaluation" published in Phytotherapy Research by Laura Micheli, Silvia Spitoni, Lorenzo Di Cesare Mannelli, Anna Rita Bilia, Carla Ghelardini, Stefano Pallanti have suggested efficacy in neuropsychiatric diseases. This study evaluated the effects against anhedonia using a standardized extract (20% bacosides). for a mouse model of a depressive-like syndrome induced by lipopolysaccharide (LPS). m The extract dose-dependently countered the immobility time in Porsolt and Tail suspension tests (p<0.01). At the sucrose preference test, directly related to the ability of feeling pleasure, the extract counteracted the reduction of sucrose intake induced by LPS (p<0.01). There was also reduction of cytokines, cortisol, and artemin LPS-dependent alterations in plasma and increased brain-derived neurotropic factor levels (p<0.05). In a clinical study of 42 patients with significant anhedonia, the Pears Sample T-test showed a significant improvement (p<0.05). Results suggest R. monnieri extract may be effective for the management of anhedonia. 

Improves Cognitive Function:

One of the most prized benefits of Brahmi is its ability to stimulate the mind, particularly in terms of memory and concentration. Brahmi is known to increase retention and focus. It has long been used in Ayurvedic medicine to increase focus and retention. Regular use of Bacopa is quite helpful to improve your mental performance and cognitive function.

According to the University of Michigan Health System, its leaves consist of bacosides, which help to improve learning, memory and overall mental function. Research of healthy individuals who took bacopa for three months found that the accuracy of their memory improved, and small studies of children in India found that taking 1,000 mg per day of Bacopa improved memory, reaction time and observation. But another study of 76 people aged 40 to 65 years found that taking bacopa had no impact on restoring memory and only slight improvement in retaining new information.

Some of the organic compounds in Brahmi stimulate cognitive pathways in the brain to boost cognitive ability, according to a 2018 study in Journal of Pharmacognosy and Phytochemistry.

There is a 2017 study "Systematic Overview of Bacopa monnieri Dominant Poly-Herbal Formulas on Children and Adolescents" by James D Kean, Luke A Downey, and Con Stough about effect on cognition and behavior in children and adolescents. Review summarizes clinical trials investigating the effect of Bacopa monnieri-dominant polyherbal formulas and their effects on cognition, memory, learning and behavior in children and adolescents. Nine trails met inclusion criteria. The review supports B. monnieri as a cognitive enhancer and provides modest evidence for use of B. monnieri in polyherbal formulations for improving and behavioral outcomes inn children and adolescent populations.

A six-week, randomized placeb-controlled trial 2016 "Efficacy of Standardized Extract of Bacopa monnieri on Xognitive Functions of Medical Students" in Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine by Navneet Kumar, L G Abichandani, G Venkat Ramana et al evaluated the effect of B. monnieri on memory of medical students with six weeks administration of Bacognize™. Results showed statistically significant improvement in tests relating to cognitive functions with the use of B. monnieri. Blood chemistry also showed significant increase in serum calcium levels (still within normal range).

In a 2014 meta-analysis reviewed randomized controlled trials on cognitive effects of Bacoba monnieri extract using chrane's risk of bias assessment and Jada's quality scales in Journal of Ethnopharmacology by Chuenjid Kongkeaw, C Norman Scholfield et al, 9 studies met the criteria using 518 subjects. Meta-analysis of 437 subjects showed improved cognition by shortened Trail B test (-17.9 ,s; 95% Cl-24.6 to - 11.2; p<0.001) and decreased choice retention time (10.6 ,s; 95%CI-12.2 to 9.2; p<0.001). Te meta-analysis suggests that B. monnieri has the potential to improve cognition, particularly speed of sttention but only a large designed head-too-head trial against an existing medication will provide definitive data on its efficacy o healthy or dementia patients using a standardized preparation.

"Effects of 12-Week Bacopa monnieri Consumption on Attention, Cognitive Processing, Working Memory, and Functions of Both Cholinergic and Monoaminergic Systems in Healthy Elderly Volunteers" in Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Volume 2012 by Tatimah Peth-Nui, Jintanaporn Wattanathorn, Supaporn Muchimapura, Terdthai Tong-Un, Nawanant Piyavhatkul, Poonsri Rangseekajee, Kornkanok Ingkaninan, and Sakchai Vittaya-areekul, in a randomized double-blind placebo-controlled designed study of 60 healthy elderly subjects, study showed Bacopa monnieri can improved attention, cognitive processing, and working memory partly via the suppression of AChE activity.

"Examining the Nootropic Effects of a Special Extract of Bacopa monnieri on Human Cognitive Functioning" is a 90-Day Double-Blind, Placebo-Coontrolled Randomized Trial published in Phytotherapy Research, 2008 by Con Stough, Luke A Downey, Jenny Llyod, Beata Silber, Stephanie Redman, Chris Hutchinsn, Keith Wesnes, and Pradeep J Nathan. This double-blind placebo-controlled trial evaluated the cognitive enhancing effects of B. monnieri on 62 participants for 90 days using a special extract of B. monnieri KeenMind™ or placebo. Results showed significantly improved performance on the 'Working Memory' factor, more specifically spatial working memory accuracy. Results provide further support for two other published studies on cognitive enhancing effects.

A 2004 study in Alternative Medicine Review, Volume 9, No 1 on rat model with extract with 25% bacoside A showed an anxiolytic effect comparable to benzodiazepene anxiolytic drug, lorazepam. Study results suggest only chronic administration of extract is associated with cognitive-enhancing effects.

Many studies have shown it to be an effective way to lower oxidative stress and to stimulate the formation of new neural pathways in the brain. This helps keep our minds sharp even when we get older.

Sharpens Memory:

One of the oldest uses of Water Hyssop is for improving memory. Studies have found that it improved memory processing, working memory and attention. Brahmi leaves can affect the hippocampus part of your brain, which is also responsible for intelligence, memory as well as concentration. When it comes from the memory intensifying property’s Brahmi will be truthfully imputable due to its two active molecules called bacopasides. Bacopasides is a compound that is known to improve memory, intensify focus, concentration and aids with learning new tasks. Brahmi herb is If taken routine can increase activity of protein kinase. It also increases protein production in the brain cells that play a role in learning and memory. Brahmi in addition rectifies and repairs a damaged nerve cell in the brain, helping to improve brain function and boosting memory. Like Vallarai plant, Brahmi also can be used for enhancing memory.  Especially for children who have trouble memorizing, Brahmi powder will come to the rescue very effectively.

Brahmi oil is Mother Nature’s gift for supporting cognitive enhancement and neuro-protective attributes. This is attributed to the rich content of saponins such as Bacoside A and B. It actively influences in regulating the levels of dopamine and serotonin, the neurotransmitters released by the nerve cells that pass on signals to other nerve cells that help in motor control, secretion of hormones and is the contributor of feeling of well being and happiness that makes you feel secure and complete.

With its antioxidant properties, it induces cell transport, metabolism of 5-HT and Tryptophan Hydroxylase (TPH2) resulting in providing a protective environment for the cells and promoting the neuron communication. It helps in increasing the branching points in the neurons and the dendritic intersections that results in the neuronal growth in hippocampus, the area in brain associated with enhancing memory retention and improvement in the learning performance.

This also results in increasing the encoding of information in the brain with increased retention speeds, improving delayed recall and verbal learning. It is for this reason, Brahmi oil has been in existence since primordial times in the field of holistic healing as a powerful memory enhancer to increase the speed of processing information and cognition and decrease the performance time, reaction time and error incidence for people of all ages especially children for good progress in the field of academic learning.

There was a study conducted on 76 adults on the affect of Brahmi on human memory. Half the people in the group were given brahmi capsules and the other half were not (placebo group). They were tested at  8 weeks and 3 months. After three months the participants were asked to discontinue the tablets and then they were tested again after 6 weeks of stopping the medicine. The results showed no difference in long term memory or short term memory acquired before conducting the experiment but there was a significant variation with the brahmi group in retaining new information compared to the placebo group.

The scientists have concluded that Brahmi extract has got significant effect on the hippocampus part of the brain which is responsible for memory. Brahmi will greatly benefit kids with attention deficient disorder and will help kids learn new things faster. Brahmi can be safely given even to infants without any side effects.

Adding 2 drops of Brahmi oil to a cotton ball and keeping it besides you during the study time or during your classes can aid in improving your memory power, enhancing concentration and helping you focus on things that you work upon without any deviation.

A double-blind randomized, placebo-control 2008 study "Effects of a Standardized Bacopa monnieri Extract on Cognitive Performance, Anxiety, and Depression in the Elderly" in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine by Carlo Calabrese, William L. Gregory, Michael Leo, Dale Kraemer, Kerry Bone, Barry Oken evaluated the effects of Bacopa monnieri whole plant extract on cognitive function and its safety and tolerability in 65 participants, 65 or older with mean of 73.5 years, without clinical signs of dementia. Bacopa participants showed enhanced AVLT delayed word recall memory scores. Bacopa also improved depression scores and combined state plus trait anxiety scores, along with decreased heart rate. Results suggest potential for safely enhancing cognitive performance in the aging.

Free Memory Recall:

A 2012 study "The Cognitive-Enhancing Effects of Bacopa monnieri: A Systematic Review of Randomized, Controlled Human Clinical Trials" by Jerome Sarris, MHSc, PhD, Chris Neale, BSc, MSc, Andrew B. Scholey, PhD, and Con Stough, PhD concludes there is some evidence to suggest Bacopa improves memory free recall with evidence for enhancement in other cognitive abilities.

Boosts Learning:

Learning is essentially processing information, storing it as memory, and recalling it at will. Your ability to learn goes down significantly as you age. You take longer to process information and cannot remember it in time. Apparently, scholars in the Vedic ages consumed brahmi to learn long verses of sacred hymns and scriptures. In animals, Brahmi has been seen to help with learning new motor skills. In healthy humans, both young and the elderly, as well as those who suffer from anxiety, brahmi has been seen to improve:

  • The rate of verbal learning – it was seen that those who received brahmi extract were less likely to forget an old list of words when a new list was introduced.
  • Paired-associated learning – a learning technique where one word is associated with another (say flower and bed); this is important in learning a new language.
  • Visual information processing – participants who had brahmi took less time to respond to visual cues.

The beneficial effect of Brahmi in boosting learning can be attributed to its ability to form synapses between nerve cells. In lay terms, this means that more information can be processed more quickly, so that we learn faster and recall information more easily.

Dyslexia:

Ayurveda holds that balancing the three doshas (vata, pitta, and kapha) and the three gunas (sattva, rajas, and tamas) with medhya rasayana may help improve learning disabilities like dyslexia. While brahmi in itself has not been tested for this effect, researchers suggest that singly or mixed with other nootropic herbs, brahmi may help.

Alzheimer’s Diseases:

Patients with Alzheimer’s disease may also benefit from taking Bacopa extract. It works by preventing cholinesterase from breaking down acetylcholine. Acetylcholine is the main neurotransmitter affected in Alzheimer’s disease as it plays a part in attention and memory. Their condition showed improvement and their quality of life became better with a decrease in irritability and insomnia. Their few medical properties also showed improvements in Alzheimer’s patients as in attention and language in terms of reading, writing and also verbal communication as well as awareness of time, place and person.

As a divine blessing to numerous diseases related to the brain and nerves, Brahmi essential oil is indeed one of the most effective natural cure for Alzheimer’s disease and is often portrayed by neuropsychiatric and behavioral changes where a person suffers from memory loss along with losing the ability to think and speak, completely reliable on caregivers in the most advanced stage. With no accurate cure, the symptoms worsen with the progress of the disease and it eventually leads to the death of a person. With natural sulfhydryl and polyphenols, Brahmi oil possesses endogenous antioxidant and anti-cholinesterase attributes with the help of which it inhibits the acetyl cholinesterase enzyme and reverses the symptoms of amnesia, enhances cognition and acts as a neuroprotectant against Alzheimer’s disease.

"Effect of Bacopa monnieri on Cognitive functions in Alzheimer's disease patients" published in International Journal of Collaborative Research on Internal Medicine & Public Health by Shishir Goswami, Anand Saoji, Navneet Kumar, Vijay Thawani, Meenal Tiwari, Manasi Thawani, an open label, prospective, uncontrolled, non-randomized trail evaluated the effect of B. monnieri on cognitive functions in Alzheimer's disease patients. Results of the clinical trial showed that Bacopa monnieri standardized extract (Bacognize™ 300 mg 2x daily p.o.) for 6 months resulted in improvement in some aspects of cognitive functions in geriatric patients suffering from Alzheimer's disease.

Researches have proved the efficiency of Brahmi oil in reducing the beta-amyloid deposits found in the brain of rats with Alzheimer’s disease induced by anti-cholinergic drugs. The presence of saponins helps in increasing the level of serotonin while decreasing that of dopamine widely aiding in memory retention.

With its anti-oxidant properties, Brahmi oil reduces the reactive oxygen scavengers, divalent metals, suppresses the lipoxygenase activity and decreases the formation of lipid peroxides thus greatly helping in alleviating various hazardous symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease in the long run.

In a study titled “Exploring the role of Brahmi in brain function and therapy” by National Institute of Mental Health and Neuroscience, India, it is suggested that the plant has neuroprotective properties and has therapeutic potential for people suffering from memory loss. This herb is also used to treat cognitive disorders like Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

A 2019 study "Bacopa monnieri, a Neuroprotective Lead in Alzheimer Disease: A Review on its Properties, Mechanisms of Action, and Preclinical and Clinical Studies" published in Drug Target Insights by Aimi Syamima, Abdul Manap, Shantini Vijayabalan, Priya Madhavan et al reports that Alzheimer disease is a neurodegenerative disease signified by cognitive decline, memory loss, and erratic behavior. This review presents findings of bacosides in therapeutic plants and their impact on Alzheimer disease pathology. Review reveals the effective use of B. monnieri in cognition and neuroprotection and its phytoconstituents that can be used in novel drug discovery. 

According to a 2016 study in International Journal of Life Sciences Scientific Research, Brahmi has the ability to reduce the onset of cognitive disorders such as dementia and Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Research has shown it to be an effective way of stimulating the creation of new neural pathways and lowering oxidative stress in the brain, which keeps our minds sharp well into our old age.

Another 2012 study "Anticholinesterase Efficacy of Bacopa monnieri against the Brain Regions of Rat - A novel approach to therapy for Alzheimer's disease" in Asian J. Exp. Sci., Vol. 26, No. 1 a Novel Approach for Alzheimer's Disease, in male albino rats of an ethanol extract of leaves and stems showed anticholinesterase Inhibitory properties. Results showed competitive inhibition in AChE in all brain regions studied. Results suggest a potential natural source of bioactive compounds that may be beneficial to the treatment of Alzheimer's disease.

"Cognitive enhancement and neuroprotective effects of Bacopa monnieri in Alzheimer's disease model" published in Journal of Ethnopharmacology 2010 by Nongnut Uabundi, Kornkanok Ingkaninan et al evaluated the effect of an alcoholic extract of Bacopa monnieri on cognitive function and neurodegeneration in an animal model of Alzheimer's disease induced by ethylcholine aziridinium ion (AF64A) in male Wistar rats. The Bacopa monnieri extract improved the escape latency time (p<0.01) in Morris water maze test. Reduction of neurons and cholinergic neuron densities were also mitigated. Results suggest a potential cognitive enhancer and neuroprotectant against Alzheimer's disease.

Meditating by focusing the mind on Agna or the point below the center of the forehead, appropriately in between the eyebrows, is the best way to improve concentration, activate the brain cells, enhance memory power, grant increased sense of awareness, provide absolute control over senses, and promotes the power of concentration.

This point is connected to the pituitary gland and is associated with the life-force. Adding 2 drops of Brahmi oil in diffuser or vaporizer during Agna meditation helps in treating Alzheimer’s disease and is a boon to people suffering from all kinds of brain disorders.

Dementia:

Lipid peroxidation is linked to several conditions, such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and other neurodegenerative disorders. Bacopa monnieri may help prevent damage caused by this process. For example, a study showed that treating rats with dementia with Bacopa monnieri reduced free radical damage and reversed signs of memory impairment.

A 2013 study "Neuropharmacological Review of the Nootropic Herb Bacopa monnieri" in Rejuvenation Research by Sebastian Aghiar and Thomas Borowski focused on the neuromolecular mechanisms putatively involved with the low-toxicity cognitive enhancing acting of B. monnieri. The herb has been used as a tonic and memory enhancer. Several randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trials have substantiated its nootropic utility in human. There is also evidence for potential attenuation of dementia, Parkinson's disease, and epilepsy. Studies suggest various mechanisms viz. antioxidant neuroprotection via redox and enzyme induction, acetylcholinesterase inhibition and/or choline acetyl-transferase activation, ß-amyloid reduction, increased cerebral blood flow, and neurotransmitter modulation (ACh, 5-HT, dopamine). Studies suggest low toxicity in model organisms and humans; however, long term studies in human have yet to be conducted. The review integrates molecular neuroscience with behavioral research.

Grant-in-Aid for the 2010 and 2012 Cooperative Re- search Project II from the Institute of Natural Medicine, University of Toyama"Study on the effects of Bacopa monnieri (L.) Wettst extract, a traditional Vietnamese herb and its potential compounds, bacoside A and – B, on cognitive and emotional deficits in an animal model of dementia, and molecular mechanism underlying their actions" by Do Thi Phuong evaluated an alcoholic extract of Bacopa monnieri on induced cognitive effects in olfactory bulbectomized mice. Results showed amelioration cognitive functions via a mechanism implicated in the enhancement of synaptic plasticity-related neuronal signaling.

Amnesia:

A 2011 study "Bacopa monniera selectively attenuates suppressed Superoxide dismutase activity in Diazepam induced amnesic mice" in Annals of Neurosciences, Volume 18, Issue 1 by Sudesh Prabhakar, Manish Kumar Saraf, Avijit Banik, Akshay Anand showed Bacopa monnieri has an anti-amnesic effect, significantly reducing SOD activity. Its anti-amnesic effect that may vary depending on the amnesic agent used. However, the antioxidant mechanism may be central to evoking the memory enhancing effects of Bacopa monnieri against diazepam induced amnesia.

Parkinson’s Diseases:

Another progressive neurodegenerative condition on the rise, Parkinson’s disease is correlated to abnormally low levels of Dopamine in the body. A clinical evaluation highlighted that Bacopa reduced protein aggregation, prevented dopaminergic neurodegeneration and restored lipid content, thereby proving its potential as a possible anti-Parkinsonian agent.

Brahmi can reduce the aggregation of alpha-synuclein proteins in the substantia nigra, a part of the brain that produces dopamine. These protein clumps kill dopamine-producing cells. Brahmi prevents the death of the dopaminergic cells and prevents the motor symptoms typical of Parkinson’s. Parkinson’s patients also have changes in the levels of other neurotransmitters like acetylcholine, glutamate, and GABA. Brahmi helps balance these by various regulatory mechanisms. Brahmi can also maintain the integrity of the fat (lipid) composition of nerve cells, which is crucial because, as per new research, changes in the lipid composition of nerve cells may also lead to the formation of protein clumps.

Schizophrenia:

Cognitive defects like poor attention, memory, and learning are central to schizophrenia. In schizophrenic rats, Brahmi has been seen to improve cognition by reducing the density of glutamate-producing neurons in a certain part of the hippocampus. Too much glutamate leads to toxicity and kills nerves and affects cognitive abilities. Interestingly, Brahmi was also found to increase neuron formation in another part of the hippocampus, which helped cognition. The researchers suggested that Brahmi could be a novel alternative approach to improving the health condition of psychotic patients.

Respiratory Health:

Since many times Ayurvedic practitioner used this Brahmi to treat respiratory disorders. When Brahmi is brewed in a tea or chewed as normal leaves, it helps to boost your respiratory health. It has been used in Ayurvedic treatments for asthma, bronchitis, congestion, chest colds, and blocked sinuses. It helps to clear out excess phlegm and mucus from our throat or respiratory system, airway passages to provide you rapid relief and give relief from inflammation, notes the University of Michigan Health System.

Asthma:

Brahmi acts like an elixir for people suffering from asthma. If you are dealing with respiratory problems then you can just chew a few Brahmi leaves every morning or you can also boil some in water and drink it like tea. You will notice an instant enhancement in your respiratory system and aids you in dealing with respiratory issues like colds, bronchitis, sinusitis, tonsils and congestion. It clears your throat of phlegm and mucus by acting as an expectorant.

Boosts Immune System:

Regular consumption of this herb can strengthen your immune system. The antioxidant compounds in it supplement the nutrients which result in an increased response time of the immunity system against bacterial or virus infections and other pathogens.

Skin Care:

Healthy skin are indeed the lustrous assets of every human being. With natural antioxidants, Brahmi oil rejuvenates the hair follicles and strengthens the hair from the roots. It acts as a cure to numerous problems related to hair and scalp such as dandruff, split ends, itchiness in the scalp and formation of flakes.

The antioxidant attribute of Brahmi oil mainly due to the presence of flavonoids, alkaloids and saponins also contribute to the utilization of this essential oil in the field of skin care as a revitalizing agent. It helps in tightening the pores and keeps the cells in tact by preventing the formation of wrinkles and treats numerous skin problems such as boils, psoriasis, abscess, eczema and pimples.

The presence of antioxidants in the Brahmi leaves can also help to dispel all the toxins from your body, especially from all the epithelium layer thus improving the skin complexion as well as stimulating the skin of its cell regeneration. Brahmi leaves can be used in treating of the psoriasis, abscess, eczema and ulceration. Brahmi is considered to be a very good herb for the skin, hair and scalp. It is used in many ayurvedic shampoo, hair oil, skin creams.

On rubbing Brahmi leaves on the affected areas of your body, the released compounds can help reduce swelling, irritation, and even inflammation inside the body. This herb is good for people suffering from gout, arthritis, and other inflammatory conditions. Applying Brahmi oil can also reduce the appearance of scars, giving you glowing skin.

Brahmi juice can aid you in dealing with wound scars. Just apply it to your wound and Brahmi will heal your wound and also double as a disinfectant. Brahmi makes your skin soft and supple and gives it a silky touch. Brahmi aids renewal and regeneration of skin cells and improves the skin’s melanin pigment. Its anti-oxidant properties also help with treating skin problems like eczema. A lot of people are prone to acne and Brahmi can relieve you of this issue. Apply Brahmi leaves to your pimples and see a generous reduction in its size.

Mix 1 drop of Brahmi oil with 1 drop of Sandalwood oil, 1drop of Rose oil and 1 drop of Lavender oil with 2 ml of coconut oil and massage it on your facial skin in gentle circular movements for visible results. It also promotes the growth of nails.

Skin Aging (Wrinkles):

We all dream to look younger with glowing skin forever, and if you are looking for natural anti-aging herbs, Brahmi can be your answer. Brahmi herbs are well known for its effects on the nervous system and indirectly support the cognitive aging process. This herb not only helps cognitive aging but also calm and improves daytime alertness. Brahmi contains Astringent properties that helps delay your skin aging.

Acne:

It has been found useful in the treatment of acne, in clearing aggravations of the skin, reduce the scarring. Applying Brahmi juice or oil on wounds helps to speed up healing, disinfecting the skin and reduce inflammation.

Wounds:

If you are looking to speed up the wound healing as well as disinfect your skin at the same time, then spread Brahmi juice or its oil on the affected area. It can help to reduce the appearance of the scarring and can leave you with a smooth, healthy skin that is enriched with many natural essential oils.

Hair Care:

Brahmi has few antioxidant properties, it is one of the best agents for promoting the growth of hair. It also helps in curing other common hair problems, such as hair fall and premature greying of hair. Brahmi in combination is the best for healthy hair. Brahmi works in many ways to improve the condition of scalp and hair. It cools the scalp, reduces dandruff, flakiness, split ends and dry scalp, relieves itchiness and irritation of the scalp and promotes the overall health of your hair. It also strengthens hair roots by providing nutrition to the hair. Regular consumption of Brahmi will make hair healthy in a few weeks.

Hair Growth:

Brahmi oil when applied on the hair regularly will help in promoting hair growth. It treats all the problems of the hair effectively. Brahmi oil prevents split ends if applied till the hair end, prevents dandruff if massaged into the scalp regularly and strengthen the hair roots.

You can inculcate Brahmi leaves in your home hair packs and rinse it off with a mild shampoo. Drinking Brahmi juice everyday also boosts the health of your hair. It reduces hair fall and covers the hair with a protective layer which makes your hair glossy and adds a sheen to it.

Baldness:

Brahmi is excellent for hair growth and the prevention of baldness according to Ayurveda and aromatherapy. With its nourishing properties, Brahmi oil aids in lessening hair fall and promotes hair growth aiding in the treatment of Alopecia Areata. In combination with Amla, it promotes the blood circulation in the scalp; it aids in restoring the natural color of the hair and prevents premature graying.

Massaging your scalp and hair with 2 drops of Brahmi oil along with 2 drops of Jatamansi oil, 2 drops of Rosemary oil and 2 drops of Tea tree oil with 5 ml of Almond oil followed by regular shampooing with 1 drop of Brahmi oil to your mild shampoo, can assist in controlling hair loss, clear dandruff, nourish the scalp, strengthen your hair from the roots and gift you with long, lustrous and shiny locks.

Improves Digestive Health:

Brahmi is quite effective as a home remedy for irritable bowel syndrome. It can also relieve constipation and promote digestion of food. Massaging Brahmi for the abdomen can alleviate gas pain and facilitate the passing out of gas from the stomach. Few properties present in Brahmi helps in digestion problems. Generally Brahmi extracts is helpful on the gastrointestinal tract. It also smooths muscles through inhibition of the calcium influx across cell membrane channels implying its benefit in intestinal spasm such as irritable bowel syndrome.

Gastric Ulcers:

Bacopa is quite beneficial for preventing and healing stomach ulcers, as well as protecting your gastrointestinal tract. It helps to stimulate the production of mucus in the gastrointestinal tract and appears to protect stomach cells. Another action that helps to prevent and treat ulcers is Bacopa’s ability to relax the muscles that control the intestinal blood vessels, according to animal research.

Brahmi contains Anti-Ulcer properties that prevents stomach ulcers. It helps to stimulate the production of mucus in the GI tract and appears to protect stomach cells. Brahmi also increases the level of acetylcholine, inhibits acetylcholinesterase and possesses cholinergic impacts.

Healthy Gut:

A 2010 study "Toxicological and Phytochemical Studies on Bacopa Monnieri" in Pharmacologyonline by Fazal Subhan, Muzaffar Abbas, Khalid Rauf, Abdul Baseer evaluated a hydroalcoholic extract of Bacopa monnieri for antimotility and toxicological studies. Results showed an anti GIT motility effect which may be due to the presence of saponins, tannins, flavonoids and triterpenoids and may involve the interaction of the constituents with alpha 2 and GABA receptors.

Diarrhea:

A 2012 study "Evaluation of Analgesic, Antidiarrheal and Cytotoxic Activities of Ethanolic Extract of Bacopa monnieri" in British Journal of Pharmaceutical Research by Hemayet Hossain, Md Sarifu Islam Howlader, Shubhra Kanti Dey, Arpona Hira and Arif Ahmed evaluated a crude ethanolic extract of leaves for analgesic antidiarrheal, and cytotoxic activity. The extract showed significant )p<0.01 and p<0.001) antinociceptive activity by acetic acid induced writhing at 250 and 500 mg/kbw dose, comparable to standard diclofenac. On castor oil-induced diarrhea in mice, there was decrease in mean number of defecation. The extract also showed significant toxicity to brine shrimp nauplii with LC50 and LC90 at concentrations of 40 g/mL and 150 g/mL, respectively.

Diabetes:

Blood Sugar:

Brahmi can help regulate blood sugar levels, particularly in patients with diabetes. It may even help improve the symptoms of hypoglycemia. Brahmi can be considered as an all-rounder plant and owing to the presence of antihyperglycemic properties in it, it is a great helper to diabetic patients. Consumption of Brahmi leaves allows diabetic patients to keep their blood sugar levelled and thus lets them enjoy their life and lead a healthy life.

In a 2015 research study based on a rat model published in the Journal of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Research, Brahmi has been linked to regulating blood sugar levels as it has an antihyperglycemic effect. When diabetic rats were administered with 500 mg of Brahmi for 30 days, a significant reduction was seen in their sugar levels. So depending on the type of your diabetes condition, it may be able to help improve your symptoms of hypoglycemia and allow you to live a normal life.

Supports Cardiovascular Health - Heart Health:

Protects the Heart (Cardioprotective):

A 2017 study in BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine by Sirintrn Srimachai, Sylvie Devaux, Celine Demougeot, Sarawut Kumphune, Kronngkarn Chootip et al evaluated Bacopa monnieri as a cardioprotectant against myocardial ischemia/perfusion injury using cardiac function and coronary flow as end points. Results showed improved myocardial function following ischemia / reperfusion injury throughout recovery of coronary blood flow contractile force, and increase in infarct size. Study suggests potential for a lead to a novel cardiprotectant strategy.

Another 2013 study "Cardioprotective Efficacy of Bacopa Monniera in Experimental Diabetes Mellitus: Biochemical and Histopathological Assessment" in MGM Journal of Medical Sciences by Apeksha J Ghatage, Ipseeta Ray Mohanty, Ujjwala Maheswari, Rajesh Kumar Suman AD Urhekar, Yeshwant Deshmukh exhibited significant myocardial salvaging effects in a model of chemically induced rats using streptozotocin (STZ). In addition, treatment was safe to vital organs with preservation of histopathological structures of hepatic, renal, and pancreatic tissues.

High Blood Pressure:

High blood pressure is a serious health concern, as it places strain on your heart and blood vessels. This can weaken your heart and increase your risk of heart disease. Research suggests that Bacopa monnieri may help keep blood pressure within a healthy range.

However, one 12-week study in 54 healthy older adults found that taking 300 mg of Bacopa monnieri daily had no effect on blood pressure levels. Based on current findings, Bacopa monnieri may lower blood pressure in animals with high blood pressure levels.  It did this by releasing nitric oxide, which helps dilate blood vessels, resulting in improved blood flow and lower blood pressure. Nevertheless, more human research is required to confirm these effects.

Another study showed that Bacopa monnieri significantly lowered blood pressure levels in rats that had elevated levels, but it had no effect in rats that had normal blood pressure levels.

Overactive Thyroid:

Hypothyroidism:

At a very high dose, Brahmi may have a thyroid-stimulating effect and help patients of hypothyroidism. In hypothyroid patients, levels of the T4 hormone remain low. In an animal study, brahmi increased the T4 levels by 41% without increasing the rate of oxidation in the liver. Rather, it increased antioxidant activity. It also did not affect the levels of T3. This indicates that brahmi exerts its influence directly on the thyroid gland. However, there has been no human study yet. So it’s essential to consult a doctor before you take Brahmi to treat your hypothyroidism symptoms.

Liver Health:

Overuse of alcohol, drugs, chemicals and toxin load negatively affects overall liver health. The level of liver enzymes rises during liver damage. Consumption of Bacopa Monnieri improves liver health and helps in bringing back liver enzyme level to their normal range. Bacopa Monnieri contains antioxidants that flush out toxins and other dangerous substances from the body. Hence, it detoxifies the liver.

In addition to this, healthy compounds present in this herb improve the structure and function of the liver that is otherwise altered during the damage. Hence, Bacopa Monnieri helps in strengthening the liver.

Cancer - Treatment and Prevention:

Brahmi promotes the antioxidant properties that generally reduces the rate of lipid peroxidation and the markers of tumor progression. Use of the brahmi can combat several forms of cancer as a result of its antioxidant activity.

In several studies conducted on bacopa and cancer, bacopa monnieri extract has shown cytotoxic actions to sarcoma 180 cells. Studies also indicate Bacopa’s ability to prevent cancer by preventing DNA replication of cancer cells within the body.

Oral administration of alcoholic extract of Brahmi slows the development of solid tumors. Generally Brahmi may be a possible chemoprotective agent against colon cancer. It is effective in preventing N-nitrosodiethylamine (DEN) induced liver cancer and may play a role in preventing this cancer. Above all are the health benefits of using Brahmi extract. Regular consumption of Brahmi gives you better results.

Test-tube and animal studies have found that Bacopa monnieri may have anticancer properties. Bacosides, the active class of compounds in Bacopa monnieri, have been shown to kill aggressive brain tumor cells and inhibit the growth of breast and colon cancer cells in test-tube studies. Additionally, Bacopa monnieri induced skin and breast cancer cell death in animal and test-tube studies. Research suggests that the high levels of antioxidants and compounds like bacosides in Bacopa monnieri may be responsible for its cancer-fighting properties.

A study "Chemopreventive Action of Bacopa monnieri (Brahmi) Hydromethanolic Extract on DMBA- Induced Skin Carcinogenesis in Swiss Albino Mice" in Journal of Pharmacognosy and Phytochemistry, Journal No: 8192, Volume 2 Issue 2 by Shiki Vishnoi & R. C. Agarwal evaluated Bacopa monnieri for cancer chemopreventive property on DBMA-induced skin pappilomagenesis in Swiss albino mice. Results showed chemopreventive activity with a significant reduction in tumor incidence, number of tumors and papillomas.

Please keep in mind that these results are from test-tube and animal studies. Until there are more human studies on Bacopa monnieri and cancer, it cannot be recommended as a treatment.

Colon Cancer:

A 2018 study "The Purified Extract from the Medicinal Plant Bacopa monnierii, Bacopaside II, Inhibits Growth of Colon Cancer Cells in Vitro by Inducing Cell Cycle Arrest amd Apoptosis" by Eric Smith,, Helen M Palethorpe, Yoko Tomita, Jinxin V Pei, Amanda R Townsend, Jennifer E Hardingham et al  has shown that bacopaside II from Bacopa monnieri blocks AQP1 water channel and impairs migration of cells that express AQP1. Aquaporin-1 is a transmembrane pore-forming molecule that facilitates rapid movement of water and small solutes across cell membrane. Study evaluated the anti-tumor potential inhibits colon cancer cell growth by inducing cell cycle arrest and apoptsis.

Relieves Pain and Cramps:

Joint Pain:

The anti-inflammatory properties of Brahmi make it a great cure for joint pains. Affected joints can be gently massaged with Brahmi oil or you can have in the form of capsules to alleviate the pain. The regular consumption of Brahmi extract gives you best results.

Sexual Health:

Male Contraceptive:

A 2009 study "Evaluation of antifertility potential of Brahmi in male mouse" by Singh A, Singh SK showed antifertility effects with reversible suppression of spermatogenesis and fertility without any apparent toxic effects.

Kills Bacterial Infections:

A 2017 invitro study "Evaluation of Antibacterial Activity of Bacopa monnieri Extract on Periodontogenic Bacteria" in Saudi Journal of Oral and Dental Research by Dr Sonu Suresh, Dr Sowmya NK MDS, Dr Metha DS MDS evaluated the antibacterial activity of ethanolic and aqueous extracts of pure Bacopa monnieri extract on periodontopathogenic bacteria. i.e., Porphyromonas gingivalis, Prevotella intermedia, Fusobacteria nucleatum Agregibacter actinomycetemcommitans. The MIC, MBC. and time kill curve assay were measured. Results showed durable antibacterial activity against common periodontogenic bacteria.

Another 2006 A Study on antimicrobial activity of Bacopa monnieri Linn. Aerial Parts in Journal of Natural Remedies, Volume 6, Issue 2 by T. Ghosh, T. K. Maity, A. Bose, G. K. Dash, M. Das evaluated the antimicrobial activity of an ethanolic extract of aerial parts of B. monnieri, with Ciprofloxacin and Cotrimazole as reference controls. Results showed concentration dependent antimicrobial activity against test microorganisms.

Antifungal:

A 2019 study "Antibacterial and antifungal actiivity of various extracts of Bacopa monnieri" in International Journal of Pharmaceutical Research by Fazlul MKK, Deepthi SP, Mohammed Irfan, Farzana Y, Munira B, Nazmul MHM evaluated the antibacterial and antifungal activity of various extracts of B. monnieri using agar disc diffusion tests against S. aureus, E. coli, Aspergillus flavus and C. albicans. The diethyl ether extracts showed potent activity against S. aureus while the ethyl acetate extract showed against against E. coli. The ethanolic extract showed potent antifungal activity against the two test fungi.

Another 2017 study "Phytochemical analysis of Bacopa monnieri and their antifungal activities" in Indian Journal of Traditional Knowledge by Paras Jain, H P Sharma, Fauziya Basri, Kumari Priya and Pallavi Singh about the hazardous effects of synthetic fungicides led to an interest in the use of biocontrol agents investigated the antifungal activities of Bacopa monnieri and its possible mechanism. A food poisoning method was applied. Extracts of B. monnieri effectively controlled the growth of chosen fungi as evidenced by IC50s of 31.25 µg/mL for Fusarium oxysporum, 6.25 µg/mL for Sclerotium rolfsii, 28.75 µg/mL for Alternaria sp., and 18.75 µg/mL for Rhizoctonia solani. Phytochemical screening yielded the presence of tannin, phlobatannin, saponin, saponin, steroid, flavonoid, cardiac glycosides, phenol, carbohydrate and alkaloid, with absence of anthraquinone and terpenoids.

Reduces Addiction:

Dependence on Opioids:

People suffering from chronic pain are prescribed few medicines to manage the pain. These drugs are highly addictive. The bacosides present in Brahmi are believed to help increase the pain-relieving effect of these drugs while reducing the “high” that they give. Therefore, the dependence on the drugs decreases. Bacosides also protect the organs of the body from opiate toxicity and damage.

 

A 2009 study "Effect of Bacopa monniera on liver and kidney toxicity in chronic use of opioids" by T. Sumathi, S. Niranjali Devaraj evaluated the protective effect of Bacopa monnieri against morphine-induced liver and kidney toxicity in rats. Study of Bacopa monniera in rats showed a significant protective effect against morphine induced liver and kidney toxicity.

Traditional Uses of Brahmi:

  • It is used as treatment for epilepsy, asthma, ulcers, tumors, gastroenteritis, ascites, enlarged spleen, anemia, inflammations, and leprosy.
  • An alcohol extract of the whole plant has been shown to have anticancer activity against Walker carcinoma.
  • In prehistoric times, used as nerve tonic for rejuvenating mental health and memory enhancement.
  • It improves mental function, memory and concentration, and also reduces learning time.
  • Plant contains the alkaloid brahmine, which has been shown to raise blood pressure when administered in therapeutic dosage, but to be hypotensive when given in very strong dosage.
  • Plant is used principally in the treatment of a range of nervous system disorders including neuralgia, hysteria, epilepsy, insanity, neurasthenia, aphonia and hoarseness.
  • Plant is also taken internally in a number of other conditions including indigestion, ulcers, wind, constipation, asthma, bronchitis and infertility.
  • Poultice made of the boiled plant is applied to the chests of children in the treatment of acute bronchitis and other coughs.
  • Juice made from the plant is applied as a wash on burns.
  • Bacopa has been used in traditional Ayurvedic treatment for epilepsy and asthma.
  • It is also used in Ayurveda for ulcers, tumors, ascites, enlarged spleen, inflammations, leprosy, anemia, and gastroenteritis.
  • Traditionally, it was used as a brain tonic to enhance memory development, learning, and concentration.
  • Crushed leaves have a calming quality on a variety of conditions, from joint pain and arthritis to epileptic seizures.
  • Juice from the Brahmi plant is used to treat the symptoms of fever.
  • Bacopa tea is taken to treat constipation and flatulence.
  • Teaspoon of leaf juice used for vomiting and purging.
  • It is applied to the scalp to promote hair growth and prevent hair fall land greying hair. It is used to treat baldness.
  • Indian medicinal system uses Brahmi to treat the symptoms of leprosy.
  • In Indian medicine, the paste made from Brahmi leaves is applied on the affected parts for half an hour twice a day.
  • In the Philippines, decoction of entire plant utilized as diuretic.
  • Hindu physicians use it as nervine tonic; used for insanity, epilepsy and hoarseness.
  • In India, used as diuretic, aperient, and nervine tonic.
  • In India and Pakistan, used as cardiac tonic, digestive aid, and to relieve bronchoconstriction.
  • In India, used for treatment of malaria. For falling hair, juice from leaves, roots, and white flowers taken orally. For snakebites, plant juice mixed with castor oil is applied externally, and leaf powder decoction mixed with hot cow's milk is taken orally.
  • In Ayurveda, used for anxiety, mental retardation, depression, psychosis and epilepsy.
  • Extract from the leaves is also helpful for curing jaundice and fever.
  • It helps in the growth of the nails, hair and skin. With a combination of Tulsi, Neem and Amla, Brahmi is used for nourishment of the hair and makes it thicker.
  • Brahmi juice can be used for the treatment of Spleen disorder. It also protects the liver, kidney and lungs.
  • Used to enhance memory, learning and concentration.

Culinary Uses of Brahmi:

  • Leaves can be eaten raw in mixed salads or cooked as a vegetable.
  • Leaves can also be added to soups or pickled.
  • Flowers are eaten in times of food shortage.

Other Uses of Brahmi:

  • Crushed leaves have a distinctive lemony scent.
  • Abscess: Prepare a paste of Bacopa Monnieri leaves by adding little water. Apply on affected parts twice a day.
  • Alzheimer: Massage the scalp with Bacopa Monnieri oil.
  • Arthritis: Warm the leaves of Bacopa Monnieri. Apply castor oil on it. Bandage them over painful joints.
  • Baldness: Bacopa Monnieri gives healthy roots to the hair and prevents hair fall. / Make a paste of fresh Bacopa Monnieri leaves. Apply it on scalp for an hour. Wash with Luke warm water.
  • Brain Disorders: Mix fresh juice of Bacopa Monnieri leaves and ghee in equal proportion. Have 1 teaspoon per day.
  • Bronchitis: Take fresh juice of Bacopa Monnieri leaves and ghee in equal proportion. Boil them. Take 5 ml twice a day.
  • Bruises: Take fresh Bacopa Monnieri leaves. Grind them with little water. Apply paste on affected parts twice a day.
  • Constipation: Boil Bacopa Monnieri plant juice with ghee. Take one tsp twice a day. Use it for few days.
  • Cough: Crush Bacopa Monnieri plant. Boil it to make poultice. Use it on chest for half an hour. Repeat it, for few days.
  • Cough and Cold: Boil whole plant of Brahmi. Tie in a cloth to form poultice. Apply this on chest and repeat frequently.
  • Dysentery: Grind dried Bacopa Monnieri leaves, cumin seeds and sugar to make a fine powder. Consume 1 teaspoon of its mixture. / In case of children - apply the paste of Bacopa Monnieri leaves to the child’s vael.
  • Elephantiasis: Make a paste of Bacopa Monnieri leaves. Apply it on affected parts for half an hour twice a day.
  • Epilepsy: Boil leaf juice of Bacopa Monnieri with classified butter. Take 4 ml of it twice a day.
  • Fatigue: Take 200 ml fresh plant juice of Bacopa Monnieri. Boil with same quantity of Ghee. Have one tsp twice a day.
  • Fever: Mix one teacup each of plant juice of Bacopa Monnieri and ghee. Boil it. Drink 5 ml twice a day.
  • Flatulence: Boil 200 ml Fresh plant juice of Bacopa Monnieri with 200 gram ghee. Take one tsp twice a day.
  • Grey Hairs: Massage your scalp and hairs using Bacopa Monnieri oil. Use it twice a week.
  • Improving Memory, Intellect and Mental Function: For enhancing brain function it can be taken alone as leaf extract in dose of 100-300 mg or combination with other herbs. There are various such herbal syrups, tablets are available in market. It is important to take regularly bacopa for more than three months for its positive effect on brain.
  • Inflammation, Gout, Rheumatism: Mix juice of Bacopa plant and molten petroleum jelly in 1:2 ratios. Apply this on affected areas.
  • Insanity: Boil Bacopa Monnieri juice with ghee by taking them in equal proportion. Have 1 tsp per day for few days.
  • Leprosy: Take Bacopa Monnieri fresh leaves and dry them in shade. Grind it to make a fine powder. Consume 3 grams of this powder, times a day.
  • Liver Disease: Take 4 to 5 leaves of Bacopa Monnieri. Soak in half glass of water overnight. Add 2 Almonds and grind. Mix little sugar and milk. Drink it once a day.
  • Memory Enhancer: The Nootropics property of Bacopa Monnieri helps to enhance the memory and concentrations. / Grind dried Bacopa Monnieri herb to make powder. Consume 5 grams of it with a glass of milk, twice a day.
  • Nervine: Soak 4 to 5 leaves of Bacopa Monnieri in water overnight. The next morning, grind the leaves with 2 Almond and one teaspoon of Sugar. Add milk in it. Drink it once a day.
  • Nervous Disorder: Take dried Bacopa Monnieri herb powder, snow lotus root powder and honey in a ratio of 5:4:6. Consume it once a day. It cures Nervous debility.
  • Neuralgia: Extract juice from Bacopa Monnieri leaves. Mix it with molten petroleum jelly. Apply on the affected areas when bearably hot.
  • Nootropics: The juice of whole plant has nootropics properties. It also provides tranquilizing effect.
  • Poor Concentration: Extract the juice of Bacopa Monnieri leaves by grinding and squeezing them. Take 1 teaspoon of the juice 2 times a day. You may also add honey to improve the taste.
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: Extract the juice of Bacopa Monnieri leaves by grinding and squeezing them. Take 1 teaspoon of the juice 2 times a day. You may also add honey to improve the taste.
  • Rheumatism: Mix Bacopa Monnieri leaves juice with molten petroleum jelly. Apply on affected areas when bearably warm. / Mix leaf juice of Bacopa Monnieri with paraffin wax. Apply on affected parts.
  • Skin Diseases: Take 2 teaspoons juice of Bacopa Monnieri leaves. Have it with Cow’s milk and juice apply on affected parts too.
  • Stammering: Massage warm Bacopa Monnieri oil on your scalp and leave it for around an hour. Then take a bath with warm water. It is quite beneficial remedy for Stammering.
  • Stomach Problems: Extract the juice of Bacopa Monnieri leaves. Take one teaspoon twice a day. / For kids - apply Luke warm juice of Bacopa Monnieri leaves over abdomen area.
  • Swelling: Make thick paste of Bacopa Monnieri leaves juice with melted petroleum jelly. Apply it as an ointment over affected areas.
Health Benefits of Brahmi (Water Hyssop)