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ANBACOPA MONNIERI

Common Name          :           Brahmi
Botanical Name         :           Bacopa Monnieri
Family
                    :           Scrophulariaceae
Other Names             :           Babies Tear, Herpestis monniera, Water Hyssop
Parts Used                :           Whole Plant
Habitat                    :           Commonly growing in marshy places ascending to an altitude of 1,320 m. It is an annual creeping plant found throughout India including the North Eastern region.

Plant Description
Bacopa Monniera, is a small, creeping herb with numerous branches, succulent, rooting at the nodes, with numerous prostrate branches, each 10-30 cm long. Brahmi leaves are petiole, oblong, sessile, and fleshy. Flowers are purple in color; axillary, solitary with peduncles. In India and the tropics it grows naturally in wet soil, shallow water, and marshes. The herb can be found at elevations from sea level to altitudes of 4,400 feet, and is easily cultivated if adequate water is available. Flowers and fruit appear in summer and the entire plant is used medicinally.

Introduction:

Bacopa monniera is bitter in taste; has been used in the Ayurvedic system of medicine for centuries. Brahmi which occurs naturally in India and has a long history of use in the Ayurvedic medicine tradition in the treatment of a number of disorders, particularly those involving anxiety, intellect and poor memory. Traditionally, it was used as a brain tonic to enhance memory development, learning, and concentration.

Active Ingredients :

The herb contains the alkaloids brahmine, herpestine, and a mixture of three bases. It also contains the saponins, monnierin ; hersaponin, bacoside A and bacoside B. Other constituents present in the plant are D-mannitol, betulic acid, ß- sitosterol, stigmasterol and its esters, heptacosane, octacosane, nonacosane, triacontane, hentriacontane, dotriacontane, nicotine, 3-formyl-4-hydroxy-2H-pyran, luteolin and its 7-glucoside. The presence of a-alamine, aspartic acid, glutamic acid and serine is also reported1.

Uses :

In India the plant is used for all sorts of skin problems- eczema, psoriasis, abscess, ulcerations- it is said to stimulate the growth of skin, hair and nails. Brahmi extract has been found to be very beneficial in the treatment of anxiety neurosis and mental fatigue. It has been found to significant improve IQ levels, general ability, behavioral patterns and mental concentration in children.
Brahmi is also used for the treatment of epilepsy, insomnia, asthma and rheumatism. Indian studies have also shown Brahmi to possess anticancer activity.  It is effective against diseases like bronchitis, asthma, hoarseness, arthritis, rheumatism, backache, constipation, hair loss, fevers, digestive problems etc.

Brahmi is useful for improving mental clarity, confidence and memory recall.  As Brahmi is bitter in flavor, in India the plant is used in salads, soups, as a cooked leaf vegetable, or pickled.
Indian research has shown that Brahmi has Antioxidant, Cardiotonic and Anticancer properties. Demand for Aqueous Bacopa Extract in the world market is growing due to increasing awareness and supportive research into the use of Bacopa extracts as Natural Memory Supplement, which not only improves memory but also increasing the intellect, liver support and blood purifier. Our Brahmi undergoes strict quality control, and is free from any pesticide and heavy metal residue. There is strict microbiological testing to ensure that our Brahmi confirms to WHO standards.

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