ब्रह्मि, Sanskrit for Brahmi. This herb is also known as Bacopa, Babies tear, Bacopa monnieri, Hespestis monniera, Nirbrahmi, Indian Pennywort, Jalanevari and water hyssop are the other names that are used for Brahmi. In English it is commonly called as the 'Herb of Grace'. Hindu meanings of "the power of immense being", "the energy of universal consciousness", and the "creative energy or intelligence of the universe". hint to the brilliant benefits from taking this herbal action. Brahmi was the name derivation for Lord Brahmi.
Native to North India and grows wild in marshy areas near streams and ponds, this plant is easy to propagate and is cultivated for medicinal use. The oval-shaped leaves are used as tea or in powder form or capsules. Adaptive in nature, this is a known body adaptogen, used to improve the health of the adrenal system, the system that's in charge of managing your body's hormonal response to stress. Brahmi grows in both the sun and shade. Interestingly, this is known to be a favorite food of elephants.
Historically, Brahmi has been used by yogis to enhance meditation and in traditional Indian medicines for centuries. for the treatment of bronchitis, chronic cough, asthma, hoarseness, arthritis, rheumatism, backache, fluid retention, blood cleanser, chronic skin conditions, constipation, hair loss, fevers, digestive problems, depression, mental and physical fatigue and many more. It is used to treat all sorts of skin problems like eczema, psoriasis, abscess and ulceration. It stimulates the growth of skin, hair and nails. It is taken to get relief from stress and anxiety. Rich in Vitamin C, It is also high in Vitamin B and K, magnesium, and calcium. It has been found to be extremely effective for wound healing and tissue repair - even being used in India to treat second and third degree burns. A powerful antioxident, it has been reported to reduce oxidation of fats in the blood stream, which is the risk factor for cardiovascular diseases.
Brahmi is considered as the main rejuvenating herb for the nerve and brain cells. Traditionally used to promote the intellect, enhance mental performance, and support proper function of the nervous system. The leaves are highly sattvic (pure, harmonious) and historically have been eaten by yogis to assist in meditation. Brahmi is said to improve concentration, memory, and alertness. It is a natural blood purifier and helps support clear, healthy skin. Brahmi is also famous for promoting healthy, lustrous hair and is often applied as an oil to enhance appearance. The herb is cooling and relaxing, making it an excellent tonic for pitta. It also calms vata in the mind and reduces excess kapha in the body.
Those with predisposition to anxiety and nervousness would do well to include Brahmi on a long term basis. Though this is a tri-doshic herb offering better body performance, there are contraindications for those predisposed to diabetes, on cholesterol controlling drugs, pregnant or those with over-active thyroid. This is a common drug given to children in India to enhance brain performance and enhanced potential. It is important to work with your doctor and someone trained to understand herbal actions.
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