Bacopa, a popular Ayurvedic plant that has been used for ages, is also known as "Brahmi," after the god Brahma, the creator god and supreme intelligence of the universe.
Bacopa monniera was categorised by the ancient Vedics as a "Medya Rasayana," or "rejuvenator of the intellect." The plant was used to bless new-born children since it was thought to improve intelligence. Bacopa is a common component in many Ayurvedic tonics and formulations and is a standard in Ayurvedic treatment.
What is Bacopa?
The non-aromatic perennial herb known as bacopa monnieri is indigenous to wetlands in Asia, Africa, Australia, Europe, North America, and South America.
The rectangular, succulent leaves of the bacopa are between 1/8 and 1/4 inch thick. Small, white, and with four to five petals, its blossoms are tiny. As a nootropic and therapeutic herb, it is also raised commercially. Other names for it include Indian pennywort, herb of grace, thyme-leaved gratiola, and water hyssop.
Bacopa monnieri is an aquatic plant that thrives in brackish and swampy environments. Bacopa can be grown in bog gardens, ponds, aquariums, or hydroponically.
History and traditional use of Bacopa:
The Atharva-Veda and other sacred books from India from the sixth century include the earliest known references to Bacopa monnieri. According to legend, Bacopa was utilised by ancient Vedic scholars to aid in memorising lengthy scriptures and chants.
Since at least 1,400 BC, bacopa has been utilised in the traditional Indian medical system known as Ayurveda. Bacopa is referred to as "Brahmi" in Ayurvedic medicine in honour of Brahma, the Hindu creator god[*].
Nota: Although Gotu Kola (Centella asiatica), often known as Brahmi, is unrelated to Bacopa monnieri, it is also a medicinal plant.
Bacopa has laxative, emetic, bitter, and hot properties, according to Ayurveda.
Practitioners of Ayurveda believe it to be beneficial for ulcers, tumours, an enlarged spleen, biliousness, leprosy, inflammation, and indigestion. Bacopa is used to ghee (clarified butter) for issues of the spirit or mind to increase absorption.
Health benefits of Bacopa:
- Treats cognitive diseases: Bacopa’s bioactive components and neuroprotective properties include a reduction in ROS, a reduction in neuroinflammation, an inhibition of amyloid-aggregation, and an improvement in cognition and learning. In addition, we suggest that Brahmi might prevent Tau-mediated toxicity based on prior research.
- Strengthens Immunity: This plant improves immunity by reducing stress by soothing the body and mind, which prevents the hormones associated with stress from strengthening. Bacopa boosts immunity by providing the body with vital antioxidants and minerals that help stave off illnesses and infections. As a result, use of Bacopa helps to boost immunity.
3.Improves Skin texture: Bacopa improves skin texture by influencing the pigment in our skin called melanin, which is responsible for skin tone and texture. It focuses on cell regeneration in addition to treating skin disorders including eczema and acne. Additionally, it addresses dandruff-related scalp disorders and encourages hair growth.
- Prevents Asthmatic Attacks: Bacopa is extremely beneficial for asthma sufferers. Chew on a few Brahmi leaves or steep them in your tea to enhance pulmonary function and treat a number of respiratory issues include congestion, bronchitis, colds, and sinusitis. By eliminating mucus and phlegm from the respiratory and throat tracts, it also serves as an expectorant.
- Treats Epilepsy: Bacopa leaves have been used as an epilepsy remedy for thousands of years. This is due to how Bacopa affects neurological pathways, which also helps people prevent epileptic fits and a number of mental diseases include neuralgia and bipolar disorder.