May 26, 2016

Brahmi

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What other names is Bacopa known by?

Andri, Bacopa, Bacopa monniera, Bacopa monnieri, Herb of Grace, Herpestis Herb, Herpestis monniera, Hysope d'Eau, Indian Pennywort, Jalanimba, Jal-Brahmi, Jalnaveri, Nira-Brahmi, Moniera cuneifolia, Sambrani Chettu, Thyme-Leave Gratiola, Water Hyssop.

What is Bacopa?

Brahmi is a plant that has been used in traditional Indian medicine (Ayurveda). Be careful not to confuse brahmi (Bacopa monnieri) with gotu kola and other natural medicines that are also sometimes called brahmi.

Brahmi is used for Alzheimer's disease, improving memory, anxiety, attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), allergic conditions, irritable bowel syndrome, and as a general tonic to fight stress.

People also take brahmi to treat backache, hoarseness, mental illness, epilepsy, joint pain, and sexual performance problems in both men and women. It is also sometimes used as a "water pill."

Possibly Effective for...

  • Improving memory. Some research shows that taking specific Bacopa extracts (KeenMind; BacoMind) improves some measure of memory in otherwise healthy older adults. Also, taking Bacopa extract seems to improve some measures of memory and hand-eye coordination in children aged 6-8 years.

Possibly Ineffective for...

  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Bacopa appears to be no more effective than a sugar pill in keeping IBS symptoms from returning after remission.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Anxiety. Early research suggests that taking 30 mL of Bacopa syrup daily for 4 weeks reduces symptoms of anxiety, including nervousness, racing heart, trouble sleeping, headaches, tiredness, difficulty concentrating, and stomach discomfort.
  • Epilepsy (seizures). Early research suggests that taking Bacopa extract for 5 months prevents seizures in some people with epilepsy.
  • Asthma.
  • Backache.
  • Hoarseness.
  • Mental illness.
  • Joint pain (rheumatism).
  • Sexual problems.
  • Fluid retention.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate bacopa for these uses.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).


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