Bacopa Bacopa monnieri

Bacopa monnieri
Bacopa monnieri
  • Common Names
  • Bacopa , Water hyssop, Brahmi
  • Botanical Name
  • Bacopa monnieri
  • Family

Medicinal Uses & Benefits of Bacopa

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How to Use: Bacopa

Bacopa appears to strengthen memory and improve concentration by enhancing the conductivity of nerve tissue. It is relatively new here in the West, and has garnered a good deal of buzz as a nootropic supplement used to enhance memory, but has been used in traditional Ayurvedic medicine since ancient times to treat mental illness and a range of mental functions. Traditional applications and in vitro lab studies show that Bacopa has a direct effect on improving brain functions, increasing concentration, and in promoting memory functions. 1

Preparation Methods & Dosage :Dried Bacopa can be used as a tea. Its warming, woody and slightly bitter taste can be made palatable with honey. The liquid extract may be easier to administer in high enough doses to achieve the memory enhancing effects. The effectiveness of brahmi is increased by simultaneous supplementation with inositol and/or a B-vitamin complex. Studies of a propritory formula combining bacopa, astaxanthin (from Haematococcus pluvialis algae), phosphatidylserine, and Vitamin E have also show postive effects on mild congnitive impairment (MCI). 2

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Bacopa Remedies

Ayurvedic Medicine ayurvedic medicinea Brahmi is the common name of both goto kola (Centella asiatica) and Bacopa monniera. These two herbs are not botanically related but are used almost interchangeably in Ayurveda, both targeting the brain and nervous system. Traditional formulations include spices and honey to make a palatable mixture. (Balch, Phyllis A. CNC)

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Plant Description

  • Plant Class: Perennial, creeping herb
  • Etymology: Brahmi, due to the plant's association with the Hindu god Brahma
  • Flowers:Small, white flowers with four or five petals
  • Parts used: whole herb
  • Leaves:Opposite, succulent and thick
  • Distribution: throughout India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, China, Taiwan, and Vietnam, and is also found in Florida, Hawaii and other southern states. Habitat includes wetlands and bogs

Regional Traditions :Ayurvedic *

How to Grow Bacopa

Bacopa makes a great addition to water gardens.