Herb of the Day: Brahmi


acopa momniera

Other names are Indian pennywort, and water hyssop

Brahmi is a perennial creeping herb with crinkled leaves and white flowers much related to spinach and snapdragons. It grows floating in the tropical marshes and wet lands in Florida, India, and Central America. The tops of the plant are used in the herbal medicine. It is a important herb used in the ( Ayurvedic medicine  ).Brahmi is closely related to the herb with similar medicinal properties of  ( gotu kola ). In the Indian herbal therapies, brahmi has been established as a powerful nerve and brain tonic. It has a reputation for increasing intelligence, longevity, and circulation in the brain, which improves both long term and shot term memory and decreasing senility and aging. The Ayurvedic practitioners uses the herb for a number of conditions, the blood cleansing, fevers, inflammations, joint pain, and a variety of skin problems.

The benefits of brahmi are, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson” disease, and attention deficit disorder ( ADD ), and memory problems. Laboratory studies show that brahmi improves intellectual function by balancing the chemicals, gamma-aminobutyric acid ( GABA ) and glutamate in the brain. It allows the orderly firing of nerve cells involved in verbal memory and symbol recognition. The 2 main active incredients in brahmi, bacosides A and B, which shows to increase protein kinase activity and new protein synthesis in the regions of the brain associated with long term memory. It has a calming effect which does not interfere with normal physical activities thus becoming the herb choise for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD ) in children. It is also an antioxidant that neutralizes free radicals in the brain protecting the linings of cells in the brain from the toxic free radicals. It also is a treatment for irritable bowel syndrome, especially if diarrhea was the predominant symptom, because of its calming effects.

Brahmi is is available as a bacoside extract in tablet form. For best results adults should take 3,000 milligrams 1 to 2 times a day.It may show improvement with in 4 weeks. It is also combined with the circulatory boosters of the herbs ginko and lecithin.

Avoid brahmi if you have a excess amount of estrogen productions, birth control pills.


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