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The Health Benefits of Brahmi

Updated on March 1, 2014

Brahmi is an important herb used in Ayurvedic medicine for improving memory and revitalising sense organs. Brahmi is widely used as a memory booster for those with low IQ (Intelligent Quotient) and those who complain of stress and strain.

Brahmi (Scientific name: Bacopa monnieri, Family:Scrophulariaceae) is a small creeping herb, commonly found in marshy places. Leaves are fleshy, flowers are solitary white or purple and the fruit is capsule.

Propagation: by seed or by vegetative parts.

Bacopa monnieri (Brahmi)
Bacopa monnieri (Brahmi)

One important point to remember

You should use only original Brahmi. Some times Centella asiatica (Hydrocotyle asiatica Family: Apiaceae) a 'look alike' is used as Brahmi (Bacopa monneiri).

'look Alike'

Centella asiatica (Hydrocotyle asiatica) Family:Apiaceae
Centella asiatica (Hydrocotyle asiatica) Family:Apiaceae

Medicinal Properties of Brahmi

Chemical Constituents: The herb contains alkaloid brahmine, herpestine, bacoside A bacoside B, saponins, monnierin and hersaponin.

  • The paste of the leaves is used as a remedy for rheumatism.
  • The leaves are useful as diuretic and laxative.
  • The juice of the leaves is given to the children for relief in bronchitis and diarrhoea.
  • It clears our voice and improve digestion.
  • It is also capable of imparting youthful vitality and longevity.
  • The drug is reported to be cold, sweet, astringent and used as tonic for heart and nerves.
  • It is used against dermatosis, anemia, diabetes, cough, dropsy, fever, arthritis, spleen disorder and as a blood purifier.

The herb forms an important ingredient of a number of ayurvedic preparation such as Brahmi thailam, Brahmi rasayanam,Saaraswaarishtams and Brahmi ghritham

Medicinal Plants

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    • Vinaya Ghimire profile image

      Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

      Brahmi is found abundantly in my farm, and as a student I took it to increase my memory power.

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      Deena 5 years ago from India

      Commonly, Brahmi used as memory booster especially for children.

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      Trsmd 5 years ago from India

      Is Brahmi used commonly or as medicine?