BRAHMI Overview Information
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.”
How does it 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.
Possibly Effective for:
- Improving memory. Some research shows that taking specific brahmi extracts (KeenMind; BacoMind) improves some measure memory in otherwise healthy older adults.
Possibly Ineffective for:
- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Brahmi appears to be no more effective than a sugar pill in keeping IBS symptoms from returning after remission.
- Mental illness.
- Joint pain (rheumatism).
- Sexual problems.
- Fluid retention.
- Other conditions.
BRAHMI Side Effects & Safety
Special Precautions & Warnings:Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of brahmi during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
Slow heart rate (bradycardia): Brahmi might slow down the heart beat. This could be a problem in people who already have a slow heart rate.
Gastrointestinal tract blockage: Brahmi might cause “congestion” in the intestines. This might cause problems in people who have a blockage in their intestines.
Ulcers: Brahmi might increase secretions in the stomach and intestines. There is concern that this could worsen ulcers.
Lung conditions: Brahmi might increase fluid secretions in the lung. There is concern that this could worsen lung conditions such as asthma or emphysema.
Urinary tract obstruction: Brahmi might increase secretions in the urinary tract. There is concern that this could worsen urinary obstruction.
The following doses have been studied in scientific research:
- For improving memory and thinking: a dosage of 300 mg brahmi extract per day for 12 weeks. Specific brahmi extracts (KeenMind; BacoMind) have been used in studies.