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  Latin Name Bacopa monnieri
English Name Thyme leaved gratiola
Hindi Name Brahmi
Part Used Whole Plant

It is a classical Ayurvedic brain tonic. Brahmi means “divine” and refers to Saraswati, the Goddess of Speech, Creativity and sacred Knowledge. It increases the natural ability of the body to throw off the effects of stress and other negative emotions.

1Concentrated extract of Brahmi contains the active molecules Bacoside A &B. Bacoside A. 2Antistress effects of bacosides of Bacopa monnieri was evaluated in different studies. 3Bacopa extract prophylaxis also prevented the depletion of reduced glutathione, thiol levels, and perturbations in antioxidant enzymes caused by 3-NPA. Collectively these findings provide evidence on the significant prophylactic neuroprotective efficacy of Brahmi exract in prepubertal mice brain. It is also helpful in protecting brain against oxidative-mediated neurodegenerative disorders involving oxidative stress conditions. 4Biochemically, nervous-system effects of Brahmi have been attributed to an enhancement of the effects of the neurotransmitters acetylcholine and possibly serotonin or GABA (Gamma Amino Butyric Acid).

Brahmi is Medhya Rasayana herb and mainly balances Prana Vata and Sadhaka Pitta. It nourishes brain and brings the co-ordination between mind, body and consciousness and promotes purity at the level of thoughts and emotions.


References:

 

1. The Wealth of India, First Supplement Series (Raw Materials) Vol. 1: A-Ci, page 112-113, 2005
2. PMID: 12410544, Phytother Res. 2002 Nov;16(7):639-45.
3. PMID: 22203611, Neurotox Res. 2011 Dec 28.
4. PMID: 20821261, Neurochem Res. 2011 Jan;36(1):7-16. Epub 2010 Sep 7.


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