Brahmi (Gotu Kola) is a small creeping herb commonly found growing in humid, wet and damp soil. It can be seen growing around lakes, ponds and streams. Its scientific name is Bacopa monnieri and is commonly called the Indian pennywort. It is also known as “Brahm booti”. In Ayurveda, Brahmi is held in high esteem. The name Brahmi literally means “God like”. Brahmi is a well known brain tonic and a memory booster. It improves the brain cell function. It has a unique ability to invigorate mental processes and reduces nervous anxiety. Brahmi induces a sense of calm and peace. Regular intake of Brahmi improves concentration and increases learning capacity. It has shown positive results in the patients suffering from insomnia. It has a tranquilizing and pacifying effect on the mind and wipes away the negative effects of stress. Brahmi is rightly called the “food for brain.”
Brahmi is also a blood purifier. It is effective in healing the injured tissues, skin rashes, acne, eczema and psoriasis. A paste of brahmi is very effective in treating burns. Brahmi has a positive effect on the circulatory system. It strengthens the veins and capillaries. Regular intake of brahmi gives relief in muscle cramps. It helps in maintaining the normal level of blood pressure. It is a mild laxative and diuretic. It maintains normal body temperature. It is very effective in amenorrhea and diarrhoea. Brahmi is a very potent antioxidant. It slows down aging. Brahmi also has anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-allergic effects.
Brahmi can be cultivated if adequate water supply is available. It propagates by seeds or cutting. Fresh Brahmi leaves can be taken in the morning. The leaves can also be shade dried, powdered and used. Many ayurvedic preparations have extracts of Brahmi as one of the main ingredients. Capsules of Brahmi extracts are also available in the market.
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