Insufficient reliable information about the safety of taking Bacopa if you are pregnant or breast-feeding.
Bacopa might slow down the heartbeat.
Bacopa might cause “congestion” in the intestines. This might cause problems in people who have a blockage in their intestines.
Brahmi may increase fluid secretions in the lung.
Brahmi can increase levels of thyroid hormone.
Brahmi is likely to increase secretions in the urinary tract.
Frequently asked questions
What is Brahmi?
Brahmi is an Ayurvedic medicine for anger control, it enhances cognitive ability, alertness, and promotes relaxation & sleep. Brahmi can be taken internally as a supplement and Brahmi oil can be applied on the crown of the head to enhance sleep. Brahmi is a nerve tonic that can increase concentration and learning capacity. It can reduce irritability and restlessness in both children and adults.
What are the uses of Brahmi?
Brahmi (Bacopa Monnieri), is called the Herb of Grace and used in traditional Indian medicine for centuries to treat bronchitis, chronic cough, asthma, hoarseness, arthritis, rheumatism, backache, fluid retention, chronic skin conditions, constipation, hair loss, fevers, digestive problems, depression, mental and physical fatigue and many more. It also has an effective use as a blood cleanser.
What is the significance of Brahmi in Ayurveda?
Ayurveda recommends the use of Brahmi for memory problems and poor concentration. Brahmi specifically enhances the quality of Sadhaka Pitta which directly influences the nature of consciousness. It has been seen that by chewing a few leaves of Brahmi on an empty stomach the memory retention capacity of the brain can improve. In some areas of India, Brahmi leaves are ground into chutney and used regularly.
What are the recommended Lifestyle Changes while taking Brahmi?
Eat and sleep well. Omega 3 fatty acid [tuna, salmons, sardines] improves brain power. Vegetarian sources of omega 3 include walnuts, ground flax seeds, and soya beans.
Limit calories and saturated fats
Eat more fruits and vegetables like spinach, broccoli, apples, mangoes, and watermelons.
Exercise regularly - when you exercise the body, you exercise the brain
Memory is linked to the health of the body, soul, mind, emotions, and sentiments. The quality of interpersonal relationships influences the quality of memory.
Practice relaxation techniques
Play brain boosters to increase concentration and reduce forgetfulness- Sudoku puzzles, crosswords, etc.
Do things in a different way to activate brain cells. For instance: If you are a right-hander, comb your hair with your left with closed eyes, stir food with your left hand, etc.
Learn something new - a new hobby, language, musical instrument or dance
Reduce the use of technology to reduce distraction
Try the Pomodoro technique
How does Bacopa/Brahmi work?
Brahmi might increase certain brain chemicals that are involved in thinking, learning, and memory. Some research suggests that it might also protect brain cells from chemicals involved in Alzheimer's disease. It also treats:
Anxiety - Taking Bacopa syrup daily for 4 weeks reduces symptoms of anxiety, including nervousness, racing heart, trouble sleeping, headaches, tiredness, difficulty concentrating, and stomach discomfort in some people with anxiety.
Attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) - Taking Bacopa for 6 months can improve ADHD symptoms such as restlessness and learning problems by 20% or more in some children with ADHD.
Improves memory - Research shows that taking Bacopa improves memory in otherwise healthy older adults. Also, taking Bacopa extract seems to improve memory and hand-eye coordination in children from the age of 6-8 years.
Epilepsy (seizures) - Taking Bacopa extract for 5 months might prevent seizures in some people with epilepsy.
What does Brahmi taste like?
Brahmi has a bitter and sweet taste and is known to impart a cooling energy.
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