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Bacopa Monnieri Herb Uses, Benefits, Cures, Side Effects, Nutrients

General Name
Bacopa Monnieri
Glycemic Index / Load
Thyme Leaved Gratiola
Botanical Name
Bacopa Monnieri, Herpestis Monnieri, Monnieri Cuneifolia, Lysimachia Monnieri, Scrophulariaceae family
Hindi Name
Barami, Jala Brahmi, Jal Neem, Safed Chamni, Brahmi

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Bacopa Monnieri Cures

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Action of Bacopa Monnieri

Nutrients in Bacopa Monnieri

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Taste of
Bacopa Monnieri

Nature of
Bacopa Monnieri


Parts Used

Aerial Parts, Whole Plant

Side Effects, Risk Factors of, and Cautions for Bacopa Monnieri

Do not use if you have Thyroid related problems.
Avoid this herb in low heart rate conditions (bradycardia).
Do not combine with prescribed blood thinners.
Reduce the dosage of the sedative drugs like Barbiturates, if taking Brahmi.
Avoid taking this herb if you have stomach ulcers.
Two alkaloids found in Bacopa Monnieri, Brahmine and Herpestin may be toxic if taken in high dosage, may cause extreme Headache.
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Bacopa Monnieri is a creeping plant.
It is perennial.
It grows in a tropical climate.
It crawls up to One Meter.
Best used for Memory Loss.
Note 1.
In India, there are two herbs for the brain. Bacopa Monnieri and Indian Pennywort. Most people consider them to be similar. Well they both benefit the brain. And, that's where the similarity ends.
In fact, they possess different properties.
Both promote cognitive memory. Bacopa Monnieri is better of the two.
Bacopa Monnieri is used for treating disorders. Indian Pennywort is used as a tonic for improving mental health. The first is curative the second is preventive, to arrest premature decline in mental activity.
Use Bacopa Monnieri when Insanity or Epilepsy have already set it. Use Indian Pennywort when you are healthy and have reached the age of 50.
Bacopa Monnieri, Brahmi, enhances fertility. It will help the embryo to stay in the Uterus.
Indian Pennywort , Mandukaparni, on the other hand, may cause the uterus to reject the embryo.

Bacopa Monnieri, Brahmi is bitter. Indian Pennywort is an astringent.
Bacopa Monnieri is warm in nature and Indian Pennywort is cool in nature.
Combines well with Bael to fight Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
Fresh juice of Brahmi: 10-20 ml
Powder of Brahmi: 2 – 3 grams in divided dose per day in adults.
Note 2.
Some people call Bacopa Monnieri as Aindri, But it should not be confused with Amomum Subulatum which is also known as Aindri.
At some places Centella Asiatica is also known as Brahmi, But its widely accepted names are Mandukaparni or Gotu kola.


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Materia Medica for Bacopa Monnieri

Bacopa Monnieri General

Bacopa Monnieri is a Tonic for the Brain and the Nerves. It promotes mental health and rejuvenates an aging brain. It improves Cognition and Mental Acuity. It sharpens the Intellect and enhances consciousness. This very function becomes more important when it is used to treat and cure diseases like Insanity, Convulsions, Senility and Epilepsy.
It is an excellent herb when you want to enhance the speed of learning, increase retention and boost memory; like in children.
It sedates but does not dull the mind. It improves mental clarity.
Bacopa Monnieri is used as a Diuretic.
Some times a bad liver may not allow the benefits of Bacopa Monnieri to reach the Brain. If you suspect that the patient has an ineffective liver, but still needs Brahmi for the Brain, try the transdermal route. Massage the head with Bacopa Monnieri essential oil. It works just as well.
If you are not the capsule type and believe in growing your own plants, I must warn you that it is bitter in taste. Do not hesitate in adding sugar or honey to the leaves.
It inhibits cholinesterase and reduces the formation of amyloid plaque in the brain which leads to Alzheimer.
Bacopa Monnieri is beneficial in Skin Problems. It causes the blood vessels to dilate and improves circulation in the Skin.
In Ayurveda, Bacopa Monnieri pacifies the Kapha and Pitta dosha. It has light and cooling property. It tastes bitter and sweet. The sub-taste of Bacopa Monnieri is astringent.
Bacopa Monnieri is a Kidney stimulant herb. It promotes the efficient functioning by the Kidneys.
It increases the production of both T4 and T3 levels in the blood.
It fights against the Helicobacter Pylori (H. pylori) bacteria. Helicobacter Pylori enters the body and causes Ulcer in the stomach, it may lead to Stomach Cancer.
Avoid giving Brahmi in powder or capsule form, for children up to 5 years of age.
For children from 5 to12 years of age, Brahmi powder or capsule can be given in a dose of 200 mg per day.
For 12 to 18 years of age, give Brahmi extract capsule 250 mg, and powder up to 2 grams once or twice a day, after food. It should be mixed with ghee or honey.
For adults, Bacopa extract up to 400 to 2000 mg, can be given once or twice a day after food.
Do not take Brahmi for more than 2 months.
Brahmi is safe to consume during pregnancy but for a very short duration of 1 to 2 weeks. It is safe to take during lactation.
Consult your doctor before taking this herb.
Single Herb

Bacopa Monnieri ( Brahmi ) for Swelling

Make thick paste of Bacopa Monnieri leaves juice with molten petroleum jelly. Apply it as an ointment over affected areas.
Attention : We can reuse hardened jelly for a long time that we get after each application.

Bacopa Monnieri ( Brahmi ) for Fatigue

Take 200 ml fresh plant juice of Bacopa Monnieri . Boil with same quantity of Ghee. Have one tsp twice a day.

Bacopa Monnieri ( Brahmi ) for Fever

MIx One teacup each of plant juice of Bacopa Monnieri and ghee. Boil it. Drink 5 ml twice a day.

Bacopa Monnieri ( Brahmi ) for Flatulence

Boil 200 ml Fresh plant juice of Bacopa Monnieri with 200 gram Ghee. Take one tsp twice a day.

Bacopa Monnieri ( Brahmi ) for Insanity

Boil Bacopa Monnieri juice with Ghee by taking them in equal proportion. Have 1 tsp per day for few days.

Bacopa Monnieri ( Brahmi ) for Bronchitis

Take fresh juice of Bacopa Monnieri leaves and Ghee in equal proportion. Boil them. Take 5 ml twice a day.

Bacopa Monnieri ( Brahmi ) for Constipation

Boil Bacopa Monnieri plant juice with ghee. Take one tsp twice a day. Use it for few days.

Bacopa Monnieri ( Brahmi ) for Cough

Crush Bacopa Monnieri plant. Boil it to make poultice. Use it on chest for half an hour. Repeat it, for few days.

Bacopa Monnieri ( Brahmi ) for Neuralgia

Extract juice from Bacopa Monnieri leaves. Mix it with molten petroleum jelly. Apply on the affected areas when bearably hot.

Bacopa Monnieri ( Brahmi ) for Rheumatism

Mix Bacopa Monnieri leaves juice with molten petroleum jelly. Apply on affected areas when bearably warm.
OR : Mix leaf juice of Bacopa Monnieri with paraffin wax. Apply on affected parts.

Bacopa Monnieri ( Brahmi ) for Alzheimer

Massage the scalp with Bacopa Monnieri oil. This oil is easily available in the market.

Bacopa Monnieri ( Brahmi ) for Grey Hairs

Massage your scalp and hairs using Bacopa Monnieri ( Brahmi ) oil. Use it twice a week.

Bacopa Monnieri ( Brahmi ) as Memory Enhancer

The Nootropic property of Bacopa Monerri helps to enhance the Memory and Concentration.
Grind dried Bacopa Monnieri ( Brahmi ) herb to make powder. Consume 5 grams of it with a glass of Milk, twice a day.

Bacopa Monnieri ( Brahmi ) for Epilepsy

Boil leaf juice of Bacopa Monnieri ( Brahmi ) with Clarified Butter. Take 4 ml of it twice a day.

Bacopa Monnieri ( Brahmi ) for Arthritis

Warm the leaves of Bacopa Monnieri ( Brahmi ). Apply Castor oil on it. Bandage them over painful joints.

Bacopa Monnieri ( Brahmi ) for Liver Diseases

Take 4 to 5 leaves of Bacopa Monnieri ( Brahmi ). Soak in half glass of water overnight. Add 2 Almonds ( Badam ) and grind. Mix little sugar and milk. Drink it once a day.

Bacopa Monnieri ( Brahmi ) as Nervine

Soak 4 to 5 leaves of Bacopa Monnieri ( Brahmi ) in water overnight. The next morning, grind the leaves with 2 Almonds ( Badam ) and one teaspoon of Sugar. Add milk in it. Drink it once a day.
OR : Extract the juice of Bacopa Monnieri leaves by grinding and squeezing it. Mix the juice with Honey. Consume 1 teaspoon of this mixture daily.

Bacopa Monnieri ( Brahmi ) Leaves for Elephantiasis

Make a paste of Bacopa Monnieri ( Brahmi ) Leaves. Apply it on affected parts for half an hour twice a day.

Bacopa Monnieri ( Brahmi ) Leaves for Abscess

Prepare a paste of Bacopa Monnieri ( Brahmi ) Leaves by adding little water. Apply on affected parts twice or thrice a day.

Bacopa Monnieri ( Brahmi ) Leaves for Skin Diseases

Take 2 teaspoons juice of Bacopa Monnieri ( Brahmi ) Leaves. Have it with Cow's milk and juice apply on affected parts too.

Bacopa Monnieri ( Brahmi ) Leaves for Stomach Problems

Extract the juice of Bacopa Monnieri ( Brahmi ) Leaves. Take one teaspoon twice a day.
For Children : Apply lukewarm juice of Bacopa Monnieri ( Brahmi ) Leaves over abdomen area.

Bacopa Monnieri ( Brahmi ) Leaves for Bruises

Take fresh Bacopa Monnieri ( Brahmi ) Leaves. Grind them with little water. Apply paste on affected parts twice a day.

Bacopa Monnieri ( Brahmi ) Leaves for Baldness

Bacopa Monnieri ( Brahmi ) gives healthy roots to the hair and prevents hair fall.
Make a paste of fresh Bacopa Monnieri ( Brahmi ) Leaves. Apply it on scalp for an hour. Wash with lukewarm water.
OR : If fresh leaves are not available, powder dried Bacopa Monnieri ( Brahmi ). Soak in lukewarm water overnight. Apply it next morning for an hour. Do it thrice a week.

Bacopa Monnieri ( Brahmi ) for Stammering

Massage warm Bacopa Monnieri ( Brahmi ) oil on your scalp and leave it for around an hour. Then take a bath with warm water. It is a quite beneficial remedy for Stammering.

Bacopa Monniera as a Nootropic

The juice of whole plant have Nootropic properties. It also provides tranquilizing effect.

Bacopa Monnieri for Brain Disorders

Mix fresh juice of Bacopa Monnieri leaves and Ghee in equal proportion. Have 1 teaspoon per day.

Bacopa Monnieri ( Brahmi ) for Poor Concentration

Extract the juice of Brahmi leaves by grinding and squeezing them. Take 1 teaspoon of the juice 2 times a day. You may also add Honey to improve the taste.

Bacopa Monnieri ( Brahmi ) for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Extract the juice of Brahmi leaves by grinding and squeezing them. Take 1 teaspoon of the juice 2 times a day. You may also add Honey to improve the taste

Bacopa Monnieri ( Brahmi ) for Dysentery

Grind dried Bacopa Monnieri leaves, Cumin seeds and Sugar to make a fine powder. Consume 1 teaspoon of this mixture.
In case of Children : Apply the paste of Bacopa Monnieri leaves to the child's navel.

Bacopa Monnieri ( Brahmi ) for Nervous Disorder

Take dried Bacopa Monnieri herb powder, Snow Lotus root powder and Honey in a ratio of 5:4:6. Consume it once a day.
It cures Nervous Debility.

Bacopa Monnieri ( Brahmi ) for Leprosy

Take Bacopa Monnieri fresh leaves and dry them in shade. Grind it to make a fine powder. Consume 3 grams of this powder, two times a day.
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Herbal Treatment For Alzheimer 2

Take the following herbs in equal quantity :
Celastrus Paniculatus, Butterfly Pea, Indian Pennywort, Bacopa Monnieri, Withania Somnifera .
Grind them together. Have 1/4 teaspoon with lukewarm water daily.

Herbal Treatment For Frizzy Hair 11

Take following herbs in mentioned quantity :
200 g Indian Gooseberry ( Amla )
200 g Acacia Concinna ( Shikakai )
20 g Bacopa Monnieri ( Brahmi )
1 g Asphaltum ( Shilajit )
40 g dried Pomegranate peel ( Anar ka chilka )
20 g Eclipta Alba ( Bhringraaj )

Soak them overnight in any Iron bowl. Grind to make paste. Apply it on your Hair and Scalp. Wash after 3 hours with lukewarm water. Do not use shampoo. You may use Shampoo next day.

Herbal Treatment For Macular Degeneration 1

Cut 4-5 Indian Gooseberries ( Amla ) and remove their seeds. Now grind them and add 2 tablespoon Bacopa Monnieri ( Brahmi ) powder. Mix some Honey ( Shehad ) and have it twice a day.

Herbal Treatment For Hair Care 1

Everyone wants gorgeous hair that shines. Many products are available in the market for the same. These products give attractive look to your hair for some time. Any how they contain harmful chemicals that may cause permanent hair damage. For damaged hair it is difficult to regain its original form. It's better to go for natural products. For this purpose, we explain you the century old formula which makes your hair healthy, strong and shiny. This formula cures Dandruff. The combination of herbs given below will also cure Frizzy hair, making hair smooth and lustrous.
Ingredients you will need :
Orange : Santra : Peels : 100 gram
Indigofera Linifolia : Torki : 100 gram
Psoralea : Babchi : a small bottle
Camphor : Kapur : 3 to 4 pieces
Indian Gooseberry : Amla : Powder : 250gram
Eclipta Alba : Bhringraj : 100 gram
Almond : Badam : Oil : 100 ml
Bacopa Monnieri : Barami : Oil : 30 ml
All dried ingredients except Camphor place in a blender and blend coarsely. Now take 1 liter of your desired oil coconut oil and mustard oil preferable. Keep that oil on low flame. After 5 to 10 minutes, add all blended ingredients and oils too. Cover and wait until the ingredients turn to little dark. Switch off the flame. Add Camphor ( Kapur ). Cool and store in a glass bottle. Use lukewarm oil 2 or 3 times a week for an hour. Use natural or mild shampoo to wash.
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Anuradha Bakshi
06 Apr 2015
Can we give Brahmi Sherbat to children for better concentration. Will it have the same effect as the dry form or tablets.
25 Mar 2021
Bramhi is a tranquilizer, makes one lazy. It's highly overrated. Use Rosemary instead, it's 100X better.
Venkat Prabhu
07 Apr 2015
My grey hair problem solved using it.
07 Apr 2015
Yeah according to me Brahmi contains memory enhancing effects. It is good to use for children. It is amazing in taste.
23 Apr 2015
Dear Anuradha,

Yes Sarvi I am totally agree with you. I have been using this from past few years. It helps in improving the concentration and memory. My seven years old daughter love to drink Brahmi. And yes it is good in taste, that is why children love to drink Brahmi without complaining.
24 Apr 2015
I am 53 years old but still alert and senile.
I was debating which of the two herbs should I take to maintain my mental agility.
Brahmi or Indian Pennywort.
30 Jan 2016
i have been given a herb for memory. as above. but have no idea how to prepare it. can you please help with how to use fresh herb Bacopa monnieri,,
Shoyn Teen
03 Feb 2016
Dear Dianne
Brahmi is quite an effective Herb to enhance memory. There are two methods to take it, one is to take it orally. Grind 5 gm of this Herb into a powdered form. Have it twice with a glass of milk. Please make sure,the dosage per day should not exceed 5gm. Other method is to apply Brahmi oil on the forehead and on temple. Do it thrice a week
Fish ( Florida )
12 Aug 2016
There is contradictory info, this says bacopa is cooling, and later that it is warming.
30 Aug 2016
Thank you for the suggestion. Issue has been taken care of. Yes, Brahmi is warm in nature.
This advice is for educational purpose only. It is not intended to replace a doctor. Please consult your doctor before taking any herb.
Miriam ( Zimbabwe )
12 Sep 2016
I would like to know where I can find Brahmi
Darjeelingjelly ( Usa connecticut )
26 Sep 2016
Will I have constipation after this? I suffer from ibs-c (the constipation type) thank you. Sorry for the awkward question
28 Sep 2016
That's okay. There is nothing awkward about it. Feel comfortable in asking what ever bothers you.
If you are talking about this very herb, then no it shall not cause constipation. In fact this herb is used to cure Constipation. For IBS---
Have 1 tablespoon of Gooseberry juice.
Take a few leaves of Basil, Mint and half lemon. Fill a water bottle and add all ingredients in that bottle. Drink this water for whole day. We also recommend you to go for yoga daily. try the postures that are good for your abdominal muscles, it will improve digestion
This advice is for educational purpose only. It is not intended to replace a doctor. Please consult your doctor before taking any herb.
Sabina ( India )
01 Nov 2016
How to prepare Brahmi ppowder and and take it orally to enhance memory?
Azazel ( INDIA )
24 Nov 2016
can i used brahmi for hair gain
29 Nov 2016
Brahmi is a good herb for your nervous system.. If you suffer from hair fall problem, use the Chilli infused Oil. This will help to cure your problem. You can read about this herb : http://herbpathy.com/Uses-and-Benefits-of-Chili-Infused-Oil-Cid10744
Andrew Larwood ( UK )
18 Dec 2016
Dear Sir, where can I buy Brahmi oil and Bacopa Monnieri leaves or powders?

Is there an outlet in the UK or should I buy from India?

Who do you recommend as the source for the products?


25 Mar 2021
Sir you must use Rosemary instead. Bacopa is a powerful tranquilizer & very highly overrated. Rosemary is way better if you want a memory herb. I am speaking from my experience & that of my friends. Bacopa messes you up, all you want to do is relax & chill & makes you NOT want to read or focus on studies or in fact do anything productive. I later checked various forums & reviews on websites like amazon & many people have similar experiences. I grew up believing that Bacopa was a memory herb, turns out to be false. A tranquilizer it is. Take it on your vacation instead, to relax better, is what I would suggest.
Megha vora ( Maharashtra )
20 Dec 2016
How to use barcopa available in tincture form ..
Satpal Bhanot
20 Dec 2016
The tincture can be consumed by diluting in water. And taking it as per the recommended dosage or as per the condition you want to cure.
24 Nov 2018
Hi plz differentiate the herbs Bacopa monnieri and Centella Asiatica. Give their names in Tamil language?

What is Saras Brahmi or Arishta in Ayurveda ?

I am confused with both the herbs. My son needs a memory enhancer related to vallarai keerai in Tamil.
Ingrid ( Spain )
17 Oct 2019
Is this herb recommended for people with resting (laying down) heartbeat at 56? Thanks
31 Oct 2019
Dear Ingrid, This herb is not recommended for people with low heart rate.
This advice is for educational purpose only. It is not intended to replace a doctor. Please consult your doctor before taking any herb.
22 Jul 2020
Bacopa is colling herb you mention nature of herb is warm how
Rhonda ( USA/Ohio )
23 Apr 2021
Is there a workaround for using Brahmi if you have a thyroid condition?
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