Sunday, August 18, 2019

Bacopa Medicinal Herb in Ayurveda

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Bacopa is the great ‘medhya’ Ayurvedic herb…

It is a great immunostimulant, tranquilizing, mind pacifying, neuroleptic, psychotropic herb with great action on Nervous system – anticonvulsant, antispasmodic, cholinesterase inhibition, CNS depressant or sedative, neuromuscular blocking, anesthetic and mild barbiturate potentializing effect. Besides it has antiviral, anti-bacterial, anti-tumor, antipyretic, antihistaminic or antiallergic effects.

Habitat:

This ayurvedic herb is found in humid, wet and damp soil, shallow water and marshes. It is found commonly up to 4000 feet of altitude from sea level in India and the tropics like Srilanka, Singapore. It is found in areas adjacent to well where water is being poured and soil is wet. It could easily be cultivated if water supply is adequate.

About The Plant:

Brahmi is a small creeping herb with many branches.

The Stem:

this is soft, succulent, hairy and with glands. Roots emerge out of nodules and directly go to soil. That is why this herb looks quite short and drooping despite being 2-3 feet in height. Branches run for 4-12 inch in length.

The Leaves:

Leaves are fleshy, 0.5-0.75 inch long, oblong or rounded, without petioles. These  are attached to branches in alternate order.

The Flower:

Bluish white or light pink colored flowers come out of the angle of leaves. Flowering appears in summer after which fruition results.

The Fruit:

This is oval and sharp at apex.

The Propagation:

Brahmi can easily be propagated by seed or by cuttings.

Is It Native To Florida?

Several species of this herb are native to Florida. This is a small and sprawling herb found commonly in fresh and brackish waters. According to Wunderlin 1998, at least three species of this herb are native to Florida.

B. caroliniana or water hyssop or lemon bacopa is distinguishable by its blue flowers and lemony scent when its leaves are crushed. This herb is commonly found in Southern US and MD (Kartesz, 1999).Add to Bacopa Monniera Benefits along with other herbs…

  1. Memory Enhancing.
  2. Aid In Learning Skills.
  3. Stress, Anxiety and Depression.
  4. Children with ADHD.
  5. Visit Bacopa related pages on this site to get more information about this herbal supplement.
Arjun
As a native Indian and an Ayurvedic holistic healer, Arjun writes in the lane of herbal healing and home remedies. Certification: BAMS (Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine & Surgery With Modern Medicine).

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