Bacopa monnieri also known as water hyssop, herb of grace or Indian pennywort is a glabrous, small, prostrate or creeping annual herb. It is distributed in tropics and subtropics of the world in Sri Lanka, India, Nepal, China, Taiwan, Vietnam and Pakistan. It is also found in Florida, Hawaii and southern states of USA and the Mediterranean basin. It grows gregariously in damp, marshy places, the banks of pools and along streams and ditches. It is a native to the wetlands of southern and Eastern India, Australia, Europe, Africa, Asia, and North and South America.
Bacopa monnieri is a unique nervine tonic, which rejuvenates the nerves and brain cells for healthy brain functioning. It also promotes relaxation of the mind. It is used in the treatment of a number of disorders, particularly those involving anxiety, intellect and poor memory. It decreases stress, anxiety, restlessness and senility and balances the mood.
It is used as a brain tonic to enhance memory development, learning, and concentration. It increases cerebral blood flow, enhances intellect and consciousness. It aids memory acquisition and retention and reduces stress induced forgetfulness. It also helps in preventing cognitive deficits.
- Nervine tonic
- Mood balancer
- Brain tonic
- Memory enhancer
Ayurveda Insight on Brahmi
Brahmi has madhura, tikta, kashaya rasa, madhura vipaka, sheeta virya and laghu, sara properties. It alleviates Kapha and Vata doshas. It is medhya, rasayana, svarya, vishahara, ayushya, matiprada, prajasthapana and mohanashaka in action. It is useful in Kushtha, Jvara, Shopha, Pandu, Prameha and Manasavikara.