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Brahmi- The Herb That Never Ceases to Amaze

Tracing its roots to the Sanskrit word 'Brahman’, Brahmi derives its name from Lord “Brahma”, the Hindu Deity of creation. Brahman is the universal or God consciousness, and Brahmi, literally means the energy manifested in Lord Brahma.

The tiny but potent Brahmi occupies a place of pride in AYUSH systems of alternative medicine as one of the most revered and widely used herbs in Ayurveda. A revitalizing herb with significant medicinal properties, it has been extensively used as a brain tonic and is widely recommended for the treatment of anxiety, brain related disorders, various skin conditions, immune system etc.Treasured by Ayurvedic medical practitioners since Vedic times, Brahmi finds a mention in ayurvedic treatises such as Sushruta Samhita and Charaka Samhita. Its scientific name is Centellaasiatica.  This perennial creeper is a weak herbaceous plant with small oblong leaves. It can be taken as a syrup, ghrita (medicated ghee/ clarified butter), tea, churana (powder), medicated oil and decoction, or it can be eaten fresh (leaves).

Brahmi Benefits: Lets delve deeper into the therapeutic benefits of using this almost miraculous herb!

Anxiety and Stress Reliever

Brahmi is effective in reducing stress and anxiety.   By decreasing the levels of cortisol, the stress hormone, Brahmi helps to regulate its production. Lower levels of cortisol in turn reduce the ill effects of anxiety and stress in the body. It is also helpful in treatment of disorders like depression. Studies reveal that taking Brahmi supplements or Brahmi juice on a regular basis reduces depressive symptoms, anxiety, insomnia and nervousness caused by stress.

Brain Tonic (or Brain Rejuvenator / Stimulator)

Medicinally, the entire plant has been used in different formulations to treat various disorders, particularly those involving poor memory, intellect and anxiety. Used as a brain tonic, it promotes cerebrum development and rejuvenates the mind by improving concentration and memory. ‘Bacosides’, the dynamic elements of Brahmi are responsible for improving efficiency of transmissionof signals. Brahmi stimulates the mind by improving alertness and focus while simultaneously calming it by reducing stress and improving sleep quality.

Treatment of Cognitive (Mind) Disorders

Brahmi is known to help ease the symptoms of cognitive disorders like Alzheimer’s, Amnesia and Dementia. The presence of amyloid compound in the neurons is primarily responsible for damaging the brain cells. Brahmi contains bio-chemicals called ‘Bacosides’ which help in re-building brain tissues by influencing thebrain cells. Research studies reveal that it stimulates the creation of new neural pathways in the brain and is also effective in reducing oxidative brain stress, keeping us sharp and reflexive in our old age.

Skin and Hair Curative

Brahmi is considered to be a very soothing herb for the skin and scalp. It has been found useful in the treatment of acne,especially in clearing aggravations of the skin. Applying Brahmi juice or oil on wounds helps to speed up healing while disinfecting the skin at the same time. It is known to reduce the scarring and leaves you with smooth, healthy skin enriched with itsnatural essential oils. It is also known to promote healthy hair growth, as it supports scalp circulation while its regenerative effect helps to repair and strengthen hair follicles.

Antioxidant and Immune Booster

Regular consumption of Brahmi helps in strengthening the immune system. The antioxidant compounds present in Brahmi help to eliminate free radicals, which can otherwise mutate into cancer cells or have negative effects on our body. Thus, it helps in strengthening our immune systemagainst various diseases and ailments.

Insomnia Treatment

Massaging the scalp with Brahmioil helps to overcome insomnia, the sleep disorder where one is unable to sleep properly. Lack of quality sleep in turn causes various disorders like depression, anxiety, tension and stress. Ayurvedic experts recommend regular scalp massage with Brahmi oil along with Brahmi tonic to cure insomnia. Brahmi oil has a refreshing effect on the mind; used together with a mental tonic, it not only helps in insomnia, but also improves concentration, memory power and reduces stress.

Anti-inflammatory Properties

Brahmi leaves have specific anti-inflammatory capacity, effective in reducing swelling and inflammation. The leaves of the plant or Brahmi oil can be rubbed topically on the affected area to help lower inflammation and reduce irritation. It has been known to be beneficial for treatment of gout, arthritis and other joint diseases.

Blood Sugar Regulator

Brahmi is known for its anti-hyperglycaemic properties and is thus helpful in regulating blood sugar levels. Studies reveal that it can help relieve the symptoms of Hypoglycaemia and regular intake of brahmi leaves can help lower blood sugar levels. It can thus be used therapeutically in the treatment of diabetes.

Respiratory Health

Brahmi has been used to treat respiratory disorders like asthma and enhancing the pulmonary function. When ingested as a tea, tonic or chewed as normal leaves, it can boost our respiratoryhealth. It has been used since ages for treating bronchitis, congestion, chest colds, andblocked sinuses. It helps to clear out excess phlegm and mucus from our system and relieves throat and respiratory track inflammation.

Posted By: Payel Banerjee

Post Date: 2019-10-24 12:30:22  Total Likes: 4

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Dr jagdish Yadav

एलोपैथ के डॉक्टर बाकी सभी पेथी के डॉक्टर को झोलाछाप समझते है एक दिन एक मरीज एसएमएस हॉस्पिटल गया इसके पास आयुर्वेद डॉक्टर की स्लिप थी तो देखते ही बोला तुम ऐसे झोलाछाप के पास क्यु जाते हो।

Dr jagdish Yadav

आयुर्वेद हॉस्पिटल के नंबर बड़ने चाहिए और सरकार की हर पॉलिसी का फायदा आयुष hospita भी लागू हो लाइक फ्री मेडिसिन बीमा सभी ओर मेडिसीन पैकिंग इंप्रूवमेंट हो


Very Useful info.

Rakesh Dixit

Brahmi is effective in reducing stress and anxiety. By decreasing the levels of cortisol, the stress hormone, Brahmi helps to regulate its production.

Rahul Chaudhary

Respected Sir/Madam i am suffering from Hair fall.How to use Brahmi and in which form to reduce hair fall and regrow hair? Thank you


Very Useful info. and thanx

Julie Hare

What are some contraindications to taking Brahmi? Who should avoid taking it? Is it safe in pregnancy? Breast feeding? For children?