Brahmi is also known as Bacopa is a plant that is extensively used in Ayurveda for its numerous medicinal properties. A creeper and a perennial herb, Brahmi has been in usage for generations and is widely beneficial in treating various health conditions as recommended by Ayurveda, Siddha, Unani and other alternative medicines across the world. The western world refers to Brahmi as water hyssop, however, it should not be confused with Gotu Kola (Centella asiatica), often referred to as Brahmi.
Brahmi leaves are a powerhouse of valuable alkaloids and triterpene saponins that can stimulate brain chemicals for shaper thinking, memory and learning. The next time you find Brahmi leaves, toss them in your salad, dry and powder the leaves to sprinkle in your curries and chutneys.
Amazing Health Benefits Of Brahmi:
Brahmi has been hailed as a memory booster for several centuries for increasing focus and attention. Ayurveda recommends Brahmi extract or supplements for kids aged between 6 to 8 years for improving hand-eye coordination. It is also recommended for people suffering from seizures and those with Alzheimer’s.
If you are suffering from anxiety and sudden panic attacks, it’s time to include Brahmi in your daily diet. Studies reveal that drinking Brahmi juice or taking supplements daily for 4 weeks reduces anxiety, palpitations, nervousness, insomnia, fatigue, headaches, stomach discomfort caused due to stress.
Avoids Asthmatic Attacks:
Brahmi is highly beneficial for patients suffering from asthma. Chew on few Brahmi leaves or steep them in your tea for improving pulmonary function and to treat various respiratory issues like congestion, bronchitis, colds, sinusitis. It also acts as an expectorant by clearing phlegm and mucus in the throat and respiratory tracts.
The juice of Brahmi acts as an instant healer in treating wounds and disinfecting the affected area. Apply Brahmi juice on the affected area as it prevents scars by providing a soft, supple texture to the skin.
Controls Blood Sugar:
Brahmi leaves are known for antihyperglycemic properties and are widely recommended for diabetics. Studies reveal that regular consumption of Brahmi leaves can improve the symptoms related to diabetes and help in leading a healthy life.
Effect On Doshas:
Brahmi is a splendid herb for promoting nervous system activity and increasing memory, concentration, being regarded as a “Medhya Rasayana” or brain-rejuvenating plant in the ancient ayurvedic scriptures of Charaka Samhita, Sushruta Samhita, Ashtanga Hridaya. It possesses an inherent Tikta Rasa or bitter taste with a Kashaya i.e. astringent flavour. Brahmi is very easy to assimilate in the gut with a Laghu Guna and is also useful for cooling the body, thanks to its superb Sheeta Veerya. This potent herb aids in rectifying Vata and Pitta Dosha imbalance, to help maintain tridoshic harmony.
As per certified Ayurvedic doctors, it is safe to consume 2 – 3 grams of Brahmi powder daily along with meals. The decoction of brahmi powder in boiled water can be ingested at a dose of 25 – 50 ml per day for adults.
For infants and children, brahmi can be given in very small doses, in the form of Brahmi ghrita, mixed with honey, ghee and some water, which assists in bolstering brain power and immunity in kids.
In case of pre-existing health conditions such as diabetes, arthritis, hypertension, it is advised to consult with a physician prior to taking Brahmi powder or supplements.
Mostly, Brahmi is well-tolerated by the majority of individuals. However, people with low blood pressure and a reduced rate of heartbeat tend to experience dizziness, headache and fainting after consuming Brahmi powders or supplements and it is hence recommended for such individuals to avoid taking this herb.