(L.) (family: Scrophulariaceae)
is a perennial creeping annual
plant found throughout the Indian
subcontinent in wet, damp and
marshy areas. Commonly known as
Brahmi, the plant has been used
by Ayurvedic medical practitioners
in India for almost 3000 years
and is classified as a “medhyarasayana”,
a drug used to improve memory
and intellect (medhya).
Brahmi, Thyme leaved gratiola.
Bacopa monniera L., Herpestis
monniera Linn., Monniera
monnieri L., Lysimachia
monnieri L. Cent.
Brahmi is an important ‘Medhya’
(Brain tonic) in Ayurveda for
improvement of intelligence,memory
and revitalization of sense organs.
It is also capable of imparting
youthful vitality and longevity.
It clears voice and improves digestion.
It is reported to be cold, bitter,
sweet, cooling, laxative, intellect
promoting, annodyne, carminative,
anticonvulsant, depurative, cardiotonic,
bronchodilator, diuretic, emmenagogue,
sudorific, febrifuge and tonic.
It is useful in biliousness, neuralgia,
inflammations, epilepsy, insanity,
tumours, ulcers, splenomegaly,
ascites, dyspepsia, flatulence,
constipation, asthma, bronchitis,
skin diseases, leprosy, leucoderma,
syphilis, hoarseness, elephantiasis,
dysmenorrhoea, sterility, fever
and general debility. It helps
to regain general mental health
through its rejuvenative effect.