Brahmi: Super Brain Toxic
“Brahma” who is the Hindu god of creation, the name Brahmi is derived from this God. This super herb is found throughout the Indian subcontinent in wet, damp and marshy areas. In Ayurvedic medicine, Brahmi is classified as a Medhyarasayana, which is the name given to drugs used to improve memory and intellect.
Brahmi has been used by Indian Ayurvedic medical practitioners for almost 3000 years. All ancient Ayurvedic literatures claims that Brahmi is strongly recommended for the management of a range of mental conditions including anxiety, poor cognition, stress, sleeplessness, depression, lack of concentration, memory loss, intelligence, motivation, attention, etc.
In last 15-20 years of modern scientific research suggest that it is useful on the central nervous system, where it improves understanding, memory, intellect, speech, corrects aberrations of emotions, mood swings, and personality of an individual.
Brahmi may increase certain brain chemicals that are involved in thinking, learning, and memory. Some research suggests that it may also protect brain cells from chemicals involved in Alzheimer’s disease. In 1993, the Central Drug Research of India (CDRI) began extensive research of their rich herbal treasures to source active ingredients for modern therapeutic uses; they started clinical trials with Brahmi. No adverse effects were recorded. The CDRI presented their research findings to numerous international mental health research conferences. May 1996 the Royal Society of British Science published a paper on Nitric Oxide, the article explained that the nitric oxide in Brahmi has an extremely positive effect on learning and memory recall, as well as on blood circulation and the function of certain organs like liver, lungs and kidneys. This herb may boon for students at any age. Surprisingly, Brahmi is also very good hair tonic and works as anti-graying, hair loss and dandruff.
November 25th 2009, I had been invited by Legislative Assembly of Ontario (Parliament) to give a presentation: Ayurveda – Acupuncture as Recommendations of Treatment Plan for Mental Health & Addiction, where I have strongly suggested Brahmi as solid safe drug.
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No side effects have been observed from Brahmi (Bacopa Monniera), and it has been taken by people in India for centuries.