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Benefits of Brahmi And Its Side Effects

A unique Ayurvedic herb, Brahmi also known as Bacopa Monnieri is an ancient plant highly efficient in the prevention and cure of an array of health problems with its herbal curing properties. It is widely known to boost the brain, relax the nervous system and enhance intelligence and memory retaining power. Use of Brahmi as a brain tonic goes as far back as 5000 BC. It is also known to prevent cancer, alleviate stress level and increase the sexual drive of a human body.

Benefits of Brahmi And Its Side Effects

Table of Content

Brahmi
Nutritional Value of Brahmi
Health Benefits of Brahmi
Enhances cognitive ability
Reduces stress levels
Boosts the immune system
Improves respiratory health
Cures epilepsy
Gives healthy skin
Alleviates digestion related problems
Balances blood sugar levels
As a cure for arthritis
Rids anxiety
Protects from toxicity
Renders comfort
Uses of Brahmi
Side-Effects & Allergies of Brahmi
Cultivation of Brahmi

Brahmi

The leaves of the Brahmi plant resemble a cerebellum indicating its efficiency in enhancing the cognitive abilities of a human body. Brahmi is a creeper plant growing in wetlands in the wild and is believed to be existing since millions of years the world over. The term Brahmi is a Sanskrit word derived due to its ability to promote sattva meaning pure consciousness. The Brahmi herb has numerous branches growing at altitudes as high as 4400 feet above sea level.

Nutritional Value of Brahmi

Apart from the presence of highly effective organic compounds, Brahmi is also found to be highly rich in alkaloids and triterpene saponins. The leaves of Brahmi are widely used in salads and even chewed raw as a way of consuming vitamin supplements. It is bitter sweet in taste and gives an astringent like cool feeling on chewing.

Health Benefits of Brahmi

Mentioned below are the best health benefits of Brahmi
Health Benefits of Brahmi

Enhances cognitive ability

Brahmi is highly efficient in preventing the body from severe cognitive disorders like Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. The herb lowers the stress levels in the brain and promotes creation of fresh neural pathways enhancing the overall cognitive power of the brain. It helps strengthen all aspects of the memory – long term memory, short term memory and the memory retaining capacity of the brain. It helps keep the mind sharp, free and healthy. It tackles problems like shor attention span and hazy memory.

Reduces stress levels

Brahmi has been widely used since forever to overcome and tackle stress related problems. The active ingredients present in Brahmi help reduce the level of cortisol in the body which in turn uplifts the mood. Cortisol is the stress causing hormone to which Brahmi strongly reacts thus blocking its effects. Brahmi induces calm and serenity in the mind and relaxation in the body.

Boosts the immune system

The antioxidant compounds present in Brahmi enhance the body’s efficiency in responding to viruses, pathogens and bacteria. It modulates the immune system and makes it adept at tackling and preventing the body from invasion of any foreign negative features. A lot of diseases and ailments can be kept at bay with a regular intake of Brahmi leaves in the form of salad, soup, raw or by boiling it with tea.

Improves respiratory health

Since ancient times, Brahmi has been widely used for the treatment of congestion, bronchitis, sinuses, blocked nose and chest. It helps clear excess mucus clearing the respiratory tract of any blockage affecting normal breathing. Brahmi also has anti-inflammatory properties.

Cures epilepsy

Owing to its highly efficient ability to create new neural pathways, Brahmi since time immemorial has been used to treat patients suffering from epilepsy. It helps prevent epileptic fits, bipolar disorder and other mental disorders like neuralgia.

Gives healthy skin

Brahmi juice or oil extracted from Brahmi leaves have been proven highly efficient in treating skin infections. The natural oils present in the herb help render clear glowing skin, prevents scarring and help make it smooth and supple.

The anti-inflammatory properties present in the active nutrient of Brahmi help in relieving gastro-intestinal disorders of the body. Brahmi acts as a sedative and soothes disorder like stomach ulcers and inflammation in the belly and gastro-intestinal tract.

Balances blood sugar levels

Brahmi has proven highly efficient for people suffering from diabetes. The herb is believed to increase the blood sugar levels in the body enabling hypoglycemia levels in the body. It is however advisable to consult with a trained medical professional on guidance on the use of Brahmi depending on the type of diabetes in a particular patient if is being used specifically for the cure of diabetes.

As a cure for arthritis

Brahmi has been highly efficient in treating conditions such as arthritis, gout and other conditions that cause and result in inflammation. It is a known cure for bowel syndrome and gastric ulcers.

Rids anxiety

Research suggest that Brahmi is highly efficient in the treatment and prevention of anxiety and other stress related conditions like insomnia, irritability and neuroses.

Protects from toxicity

Brahmi protects the human brain from the carcinogenic effects of acrylamide which is a compound responsible for damaging brain tissue and is found in fried foods. Brahmi has been proven by research to prevent the body from neurotoxic components and oxidative stress.

Renders comfort

Brahmi is highly believed since ancient times to be a stress buster and an instrument that fights discomfort and unease. The herb has also proved its potential in the field of neuropathy.

Uses of Brahmi

Brahmi is widely used to treat anxiety, enhance the body’s cognitive abilities, treat cognitive disorders and render an overall sense of comfort to the body. Also widely considered to be an efficient tool to tackle conditions like cancer, arthritis and Alzheimer’s, Brahmi has been in use since time immemorial as a brain tonic and stress buster. The herb is widely consumed by chewing its raw leaves, crushed leaves in the form of ointments, oils, leaves used in salads, soups and boiled with tea.

Side-Effects & Allergies of Brahmi

There are no fatal side effects known for the use of Brahmi however, it is strongly recommended to not use the herb for a stretch of more than 12 weeks in a row. It is considered to be naturally healing and allergenic however people suffering from asthma, low heart rate and disorders of the urinary tract are advised to not consume Brahmi without consulting with a registered physician.

Cultivation of Brahmi

The growth of the Brahmi herb adapts to a wide range of soils. It grows rapidly in a sprawling pattern at high altitudes above sea level. The leaves that resemble a cerebellum grow out of the nodes of the many branches the plant develops. The herb is a creeper plant that grows not longer than 6 inches in height. It is mostly seen growing in water bodies like canals and marshy areas. Brahmi is essentially an Indian Ayurveda plant.

Popular Questions & Answers

What is the health benefit of Brahmi? Does it leave any negative impact on heart rate or pulse rate? What is it's proper dose?

Diploma in Obstetrics & Gynaecology, MBBS
General Physician, Delhi
People do eat one capsule of brahmi everyday but I have not heard about any side effects of this supplement, may be there are no studies done on a large number of cases as it is never taken alone but as a supplement along with lots of other medicines, each having own side effects.
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I have diagnosed with vestibular migraine, Can it be cured completely? How it can affect my life?

MBBS, Craniosacral Balancing, Quantum Touch, Visceral manipulation
Pain Management Specialist, Panchkula
Yes it is completely treatable even distantly (seems to be impossible but it is a true fact. For complete treatment details you can consult us on Lybrate. Distant demo session is given to know how the disease effects are removed session by session. More details about the definitely permanent treatment of incurable disease on website it's name on Lybrate profile personal statement column.

Hi doctor I am a student, whenever I study I forget after that please suggest me something for that How can I increase my concentration level.

BHMS
Homeopath, Mumbai
Hello lybrate-user Assuming you not having any neurological disease I would suggest the following. 1) Plan and priorities schedules according to your daily time tables, weekly plan, monthly plan and your annual syllabus dividing your whole year task. To plan in simple words is to see into future as of now. This will make the study schedule smoother and reduce stress and strain which in turn help you to remain focused on your studies. 2) Make a checklist of the task that you intend to study and maintain a diary or excel sheet to record your past present and future task so that you don't forget anything which will systtematise task schedule. 3) Analysing your daily /weekly/monthly/yearly task schedule and make sure that you record any waste of time or unproductive task so that you avoid your mistake and correct appropriately. 4) Now when you seat to study you should not tired and causes of distraction are removed so that you have non disturbing peaceful environment. 5) Maintain health hygiene, eat nourishing meals and sleep atleast 7-8 hours. Healthy mind Wealthy studies. My educational counseling during my clinical practice suggest above guidelines to stay focused and concentrate on studies. I hope it helps you. Hopefully your questions is answered.

Please suggest. my understanding power has decreased compared to past?How can I increase that.

MD-Ayurveda
Ayurveda, Patiala
Take brahmi vati gold, 1 tabs twice a day after meals with a cup of hot milk. Take ample sleep and reduce the usage of mobile phone, Tv etc. Continue the regime for 1 month. Go for brisk walk for 45 mins in the morning, daily. good luck.

Popular Health Tips

Rehabilitation From Drug Abuse Ayurveda!

BAMS
Ayurveda, Bhopal
Rehabilitation From Drug Abuse Ayurveda!

Drug addiction is a condition, which is abnormal or pathological and occurs due to excess use of alcohol, drugs, smoking or other such addictive substances. The different effects of addiction are acute drug use, drug-seeking behavior, relapsing vulnerability, slow response to natural stimuli, and last but not the least, low motivation in life.

Drug addiction is regarded as a community disease as it leads to crimes, violence, failure in school, child-abuse, the loss of productivity and domestic violence. That is why it is very important to eradicate this problem from the society; especially the teens should be educated on the same.

Madatya in Ayurveda
In Ayurveda, the problems of drug addiction is dealt under the heading of Madatya, meaning ‘intoxication’. The state of individual occurs due to continuous use of drug, alcohol, tobacco or any substance of high intoxication. Madatya is relative to the third and fourth stage in the addiction process i.e., drug dependence and drug abuse. Madatya kills the will to live a happy and healthy life because it is a total opposite of ‘ojas’, which means a source of energy. Madatya and wellness can’t go hand-in-hand in a body.

Addiction and doshas
The Ayurvedic states that the doshas are aggravated by the overdose of drugs into one’s body. They are Vata (Air), Kapha (Water), Pitta (Fire) or a combination of all three doshas termed as Tridosha.

Treatments in Ayurveda
In Madatya, Ayurveda balances the aggravated doshas. It first detects the doshas, and then treats them. Ayurveda uses herbal remedies to treat the symptoms, discards the toxins (ama) collected in the body and motivates and regenerates cells and tissues. There is a phase in the de-addiction process where the patient becomes confused because their intelligence level drops due to drug abuse. Ayurveda treats this problem with the use of herbs like Yashtimadhu (Glycyrrhizaglabra), Brahmi (Bacopamonnieri), Shankhpushpi (Convolvulus pluricaulis) and Guduchi (Tinosporacordifolia).

In Ayurveda, treatment of Sattva Guna, meaning the quality of goodness, is done to promote mental health. The patients are made to follow strict healthy practices like consumption of natural vegetarian food, practice Yoga, and meditation and follow a daily routine of less anxiety and stress. Activities like wearing neat and clean clothes, walking and spending time in natural flowery ambiance with good friends, listening to good music and all other forms of natural relaxants and entertainment are also a part of treatment. These will boost the soul and mind of the patients and make them grateful to God for their lives.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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How Ayurveda Can Help You Manage Stress Based Poor Sexual Life?

BAMS, MD - Ayurveda
Ayurveda, Delhi
How Ayurveda Can Help You Manage Stress Based Poor Sexual Life?

If you are suffering from excessive stress, it is likely that your physical and emotional health may be affected. Your sexual life too is affected due to stress. Too much of stress leaves you physically tired and exhausted. Because of this, you will not have enough energy to have sex. Moreover, when you are stressed out about some issue, your libido gets affected, and you might not have any interest in having sex.

Effects of stress on your sexual life

  1. Stress results in a negative body image. The hormones which are associated with stress may impact metabolism. With the increase in the production of these stress hormones, you may feel sluggish and gain weight, thereby providing a negative body image due to which you might not have the desire to indulge in sexual activity. Stress causes lowered self-esteem which results in less sex.
  2. Stress results in reduced libido. The hormones associated with stress are required by the body in small amounts, but the overproduction of these hormones can suppress sexual hormones, leading to decreased libido.
  3. Extreme stress may affect personal relationships and cause conflicts between a couple. This will result in rare sexual activity as proper communication between a couple gets reduced.
  4. You may start drinking excessively because of stress. Too much alcohol is bad for sexual health. It makes sex dull and less pleasurable. Alcohol causes dehydration, which affects lubrication. Stress also affects a person’s fertility and menstruation cycle, which could hamper your sex life.

Ayurvedic treatment for stress
Ayurveda offers effective treatments to get rid of stress. By using natural and herbal Ayurvedic medicines, you can get rid of unnecessary stress from your life and revive your sexual life. Here are some effective Ayurvedic treatments for getting rid of stress:

  1. Several Ayurvedic herbs are stress reducing in nature. You can use herbs such as ashwagandha, bala, brahmi, gotu kola, saraswati churna, vacha, tulsi, shankapushpi, Siberian ginseng, liquorice, vidari and shatavari.
  2. You should consume food items, which help in reducing stress. These include coconut, walnut, mangoes, pineapples and bananas, fried in ghee.
  3. Several natural drinks can help in relieving stress. These include tomato juice, ginger tea, garlic milk, and tulsi tea.
  4. You should practice stress relieving activities such as yoga and meditation. Several yoga asanas in different poses should be practiced.
  5. You can try several stress relieving Ayurvedic therapies. These may include Shirodhara (bliss therapy), Abhyanga (warm oil massage), Shiro Abhyanga and Nasya (head massage).

Ayurveda helps in controlling stress. A combination of several benefits known as Panchakarma is provided by Ayurveda for reducing stress. Reduced stress will drastically improve your sexual performance and sexual stamina. In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Top Ayurvedic Remedies To Control Hair Fall!

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Surat
Top Ayurvedic Remedies To Control Hair Fall!

Hair loss can be harrowing for both men and women, especially if it tends to be above normal for extended periods of time. Losing more hair than that can signify problems within the body such as hormonal changes, ageing, lifestyle-related issues etc. 

Lifestyle change tips to avoid hair fallEven before getting into Ayurvedic remedies to control the loss of hair, it is important to reduce the problems which may be contributing to the problem in the first place. Some of the things that you may be required to do are:

  1. Maintain or start of on a healthy diet and cut fatty, oily and processed foods from your diet.
  2. Start exercising to ensure that your body is in the best shape it possibly can be and thus everything within, is functioning optimally.
  3. Start doing yoga, breathing exercises and other meditative techniques to ensure that your stress levels are kept under control.
  4. Get head massages regularly as they improve blood circulation within the scalp 
  5. Quit smoking, excessive alcohol consumption and inculcate good sleep habits which help prevent hair loss problems. 

Controlling hair loss with Ayurvedic tips:

  1. Indian gooseberry or amla: A pack of amla, bramhi and henna powder can be made with curd and water. Apply it and keep it for a couple of hours and then wash it off. Amla juice mixed with lemon juice can be massaged on the scalp after the wash. This will make the follicles on your scalp stronger. 
  2. Ritha: An age old solution to hair problems, Ritha is also known as soapberry as it contains naturally foamy and cleansing agents. Crush the Ritha seeds and keep them soaked in water overnight. Wash your hair with the mixture in the morning and continue for a month to see visible results.
  3. Aloe vera with cumin seeds: Mix about one-third cup of aloe vera juice with a little bit of cumin or Jeera powder. Use this mixture at least twice a day, for a few months to see results in the prevention of hair thinning.
  4. Bhringaraaj: One of the most effective Ayurvedic herbs used in many medicines, it can be taken internally to help the system repair the hair related problems, or applied externally as Bhringaraaj oil to encourage hair growth and stopping hair loss.
  5. Brahmi oil: Considered brain food in its herb form, Brahmi oil is known to be very good for hair-related ailments and is very effective at stopping hair loss and help new hair growth.
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How Ayurvda Helps Manage Hair Loss?

MD-Ayurveda,Kayachikitsa(Ayurvedic physician), BAMS, MD
Ayurveda, Jammu
How Ayurvda Helps Manage Hair Loss?

More and more people are turning towards Ayurveda for their hair loss problem. Hair loss can be embarrassing and hamper one's self-esteem and confidence. When treated early hair loss can be reduced and even stopped completely.

Ayurvedic consideration:

Ayurveda believes that hair fall control is very much associated to the body type and also the stability of your mind body structure. Ayurveda considers the hair as a byproduct for bone formation. The tissues, which are responsible for formation of bones are also responsible for your hair growth. Hair fall is considered to be a problem of pitta dosha in Ayurveda and excess of Pitta dosha in the body is the chief cause of hair problems. Ayurvedic hair loss treatment measures are known for their effectiveness. Usually the Ayurvedic treatment for hair loss includes diet, meditation, yoga, and yes, we cannot forget medicated herbal oil massage. 

Ayurvedic Dietary Recommendations for Hair Loss Treatment:

As hair fall is considered a problem of pitta dosha, you need to identify the bad eating habits that are contributing to the increase of pitta in your body.

Pitta is increased by excessive intake of tea, coffee, alcohol, meats and excessive smoking. Pitta is also aggravated by eating too much fried, oily, greasy, spicy, sour, and acidic foods.

Ayurvedic Herbs recommended for Hair Loss Treatment:

  1. Bhringaraj: It is known as king of the hair, promotes hair growth on the head and effectively stops and reverses balding and premature graying. It helps to calm the mind promoting sound sleep. Bhringaraj (Eclipta prostrata) is taken internally and used externally as Bhringraj oil and is an excellent rejuvenator.

  2. Brahmi: This hair pack is available in most Indian grocery stores and used with curd is an excellent hair pack.

  3. Amla: Indian gooseberry is packed with Vitamin C and thus loaded with antioxidants. In powdered form it can be mixed with henna, brahmi powders along with curd to make a great hair pack.

  4. Neem: This is a natural remedy against dandruff and lice and also has blood purifying abilities. Use in powdered form with coconut oil or curd to massage scalp.

  5. Ritha: These are natural soap nuts that are used for cleaning hair without stripping off the natural oils. Use in powdered form to massage scalp and wash off thoroughly.

  6. Ashwagandha: Weak immune system is one of the factors for hair loss. Ashwagandha makes you feel energized and healthier. It stops stress, increases vigor and helps regrow lost hair.

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Hair Fall - Control It With These Ayurvedic Remedies!

B.A.M.S.
Ayurveda, Lucknow
Hair Fall - Control It With These Ayurvedic Remedies!

Hair loss can be harrowing for both men and women, especially if it tends to be above normal for extended periods of time. Losing more hair than that can signify problems within the body such as hormonal changes, ageing, lifestyle-related issues etc. 

Lifestyle change tips to avoid hair fall: Even before getting into Ayurvedic remedies to control the loss of hair, it is important to reduce the problems which may be contributing to the problem in the first place. Some of the things that you may be required to do are:

  1. Maintain or start of on a healthy diet and cut fatty, oily and processed foods from your diet.
  2. Start exercising to ensure that your body is in the best shape it possibly can be and thus everything within, is functioning optimally.
  3. Start doing yoga, breathing exercises and other meditative techniques to ensure that your stress levels are kept under control.
  4. Get head massages regularly as they improve blood circulation within the scalp 
  5. Quit smoking, excessive alcohol consumption and inculcate good sleep habits which help prevent hair loss problems. 

Controlling hair loss with Ayurvedic tips:

  1. Indian gooseberry or amla: A pack of amla, bramhi and henna powder can be made with curd and water. Apply it and keep it for a couple of hours and then wash it off. Amla juice mixed with lemon juice can be massaged on the scalp after the wash. This will make the follicles on your scalp stronger. 
  2. Ritha: An age old solution to hair problems, Ritha is also known as soapberry as it contains naturally foamy and cleansing agents. Crush the Ritha seeds and keep them soaked in water overnight. Wash your hair with the mixture in the morning and continue for a month to see visible results.
  3. Aloe vera with cumin seeds: Mix about one-third cup of aloe vera juice with a little bit of cumin or Jeera powder. Use this mixture at least twice a day, for a few months to see results in the prevention of hair thinning.
  4. Bhringaraaj: One of the most effective Ayurvedic herbs used in many medicines, it can be taken internally to help the system repair the hair related problems, or applied externally as Bhringaraaj oil to encourage hair growth and stopping hair loss.
  5. Brahmi oil: Considered brain food in its herb form, Brahmi oil is known to be very good for hair-related ailments and is very effective at stopping hair loss and help new hair growth.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Table of Content

Brahmi
Nutritional Value of Brahmi
Health Benefits of Brahmi
Enhances cognitive ability
Reduces stress levels
Boosts the immune system
Improves respiratory health
Cures epilepsy
Gives healthy skin
Alleviates digestion related problems
Balances blood sugar levels
As a cure for arthritis
Rids anxiety
Protects from toxicity
Renders comfort
Uses of Brahmi
Side-Effects & Allergies of Brahmi
Cultivation of Brahmi