Benefits of Brahmi

Brahmi is a creeping annual and spreads along the banks of rivers. It is a water-loving plant. Brahmi literally means the ‘energy or shakti of Brahman’. It is a good nervous system tonic.

Benefits of Brahmi: Improves memory, intelligence, intestinal disease, hypochondria, fever, liver disease, skin diseases, arthritis, epilepsy, depression, cough, insomnia, liver enlargement, hair loss, lymph gland enlargement, tetanus, weakness, nervous disorders.

Action: Alterative, diuretic, febrifuge, nervine, rejuvenative.

Scientific name: Bacopa monnieri

Useful part: Leaves.

Dosage: 2–6g per day dried or 5–30ml.

Energetics

Rasa (taste): Bitter, sweet

Vırya(energy): Cooling

Vipaka (post-digestive effect): Sweet

Guna (quality): Light, flowing(sara/laxative)

Dosa effect: VPK=, V+ in excess

Dhatu (tissue): All tissues, especially plasma, blood, nerve

Srotas(channel): Circulatory,digestive, nervous, excretory

Description: It is a creeping annual, prostrate, juicy,succulent, glabrous annual herb rooting at the nodes with numerous ascending branches.Leaves are simple, opposite, decussate, sessile, obovate-oblong or spatulate, entire, fleshy. Flowers are pale blue or whitish. Fruits are ovoid, acute, 2-celled, 2-valved capsules.

Classical and common names

Ayurvedic: Brahmi, Sarasvati

Hindi: Barami, Jalnim

Bengali: Boihim-sak

Malayalam: Brahmi, Nirbrahmi

Tamil: Nirpirami, Piramiyapundu

Kannada, Marathi: Nirbrahmi

Botanical classification

Kingdom: Plantae

Division: Magnoliophyta

Class: Magnoliopsida

Order: Lamiales

Family: Scrophuariaceae

Genus: Bacopa

Species: Bacopa monnieri