Health Benefits Of Brahmi or Bacopa monnieri
Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri)
Gotu Kola (Centella asiatica)
Difference Between Gotukola and Bramhi
About Brahmi And Gotu kola - A Clarification
A lot of confusion exists among Brahmi and Gotu kola which many regard as one and the same herb smotimes. However both are essentially different plants as can be seen below though both herbs are used to improve brain function.
Latin name : Bacopa monnieri
Brahmi is also called Indian Pennywort and Water Hyssop.
Latin Name : Centella asiatica
Gotu kola is called Mandukparni in Sanskrit
In North and South India Gotu kola or mandukparni is also called Brahmi.
However, according to The Ayurvedic Formulary of India, Bacopa monnieri is Brahmi and Centella Asiatica is Mandukaparni or Gotu kola.
Brahmi is a heating herb while Gotu kola is cooling in nature.
These two are entirely different herbs.
About Brahmi Herb
Brahmi is one of the most important of Ayurvedic herbs and can easily be grown anywhere where water is available.
The entire plant is useful medicinally. Brahmi balances the tri-doshas and hatus. It prevents as well as treats disease.
As Swami Sivananda said " It is rarely possible to come across a herb of such great worth".
Brahmi's uses in neurological and psychiatric disturbances are too well known.
It is also called the "Herb of Grace"
Brahmi Leaves and FlowersClick thumbnail to view full-size
Brahmi or Bacopa monnieri
The Bacopa monnieri plant commonly grows in marshy areas all over India and other Southeast Asian countries and the USA.
Brahmi is a small, creeping, widely branching herb that has small oblong but thick leaves that occur opposite one another on the stem.
It bears white or light purple small flowers. Brahmi can also grow in and under water, even in brackish water whether under the shade or in full sun. The only requirement is ample water.
Health Benefits Of Brahmi
Since centuries Brahmi has been mainly used as a revitalizing herb in Ayurveda.
However, It has antispasmodic, astringent, cardiotonic, diuretic, anti convulsant, anti inflammatory, analgesic, antipyretic and antiepileptic properties.
Brahmi reduces kapha and balances pitta. In right doses it also balances the Vata.
This herb helps to overcome exhaustion, stress, debility and vata aggravation.
Brahmi also has satvic properties, of making the body pure. It helps one in overcoming addictions of all types including alcoholism and drug abuse, even the habit of consumption of excess sugar.
Brahmi purifies the blood and also helps in cleansing the system of toxins and poisons. It is therefore very useful in skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis, syphilis, leprosy etc.
It boosts immunity, is useful in alleviating veneral diseases including AIDS. It also controls excessive sexual urges.
Brahmi cleanses the kidneys and restores liver function after toxin damage.It cools the urinary system since it reduces pitta.
It calms and protects the heart and a heart attack.
Brahmi reduces stress and tension all over the body, cures constipation due to stress and relieves menstrual pain,
Brahmi prevents degeneration of brain tissue even helping to regenerate it. This property is useful in treating Alzheimer's.
It protects newborn infants against low blood sugar induced severe brain damage.
It removes redness and swelling due to illness or irritation in any part of the body including the brain.
Brahmi provides very good antioxidant protection by preventing call damage due to free radicals thus reducing risks of many life threatening diseases.
To top it all Brahmi is NOT addictive in the least.
Some Home Remedies With Brahmi
(By Swami Sivananda from his book, Home Remedies)
# Brahmi drink (for strength. as a tonic and a cooling beverage)
Soak some brahmi leaves in water overnight. Next morning grind these leaves to a paste along with some almonds, candy sugar and milk.
This drink will tone up the liver and remove all types of worms from the intestine as well.
It will also strengthen the brain power and eliminate nerve weakness.
# Brahmi Leaves' Paste (for relief from diarrhea and dysentery)
The paste of brahmi leaves if applied on the child's navel helps to control diarrhea and dysentery.
This paste is also useful in reducing swellings of joints, testicles, in elephantiasis and cures boils.
Even the juice of the leaves can be used for this purpose.
1-2 tsp of juice of leaves mixed with cow's milk will help to cleanse the blood, cure skin diseases in children and fever AND stomach troubles and syphilis in adults.
Dried Brahmi leaf powder
Five grains of the powder added to 2 pounds of milk and consumed twice daily increases memory and strengthens the brain. It is also useful in leprosy.
The leaves should be dried in shade and then powdered and stored in an airtight bottle.
Brahmi Tea And Its Health Benefits
Brahmi tea is simple to make at home.
Just steep 1 teaspoon of brahmi leaf powder or a teabag in hot water for 5 minutes.
Strain and add honey or sugar as needed.
Brahmi tea calms the mind, relieves stress, elevates the mood and brings on good sleep.
There are no known side effects of brahmi
since the effect of Brahmi during pregnancy or breastfeeding is not much known please avoid consuming it.
The information provided in this hub is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult your physician, or health care provider before taking any home remedies, supplements or starting a new health regime.
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