Bacopa monnieri Common name: Bacopa, Brahmi, Water hyssop
Parts used: Aerial parts
Constituents: Steroidal saponins (bacosides), triterpene (bacosine), alkaloids (brahmine, herpestatine)
Medicinal actions: Cognition & memory enhancer, nerve tonic, brain tonic, mild sedative, mild anti-convulsant, mild adaptogen, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, cardiotonic, vasocontrictor, bitter, emetic, laxative & diuretic (leaf), aphrodisiac
Medicinal use: Bacopa has a reputation for enhancing circulation to the brain, thereby increasing short and long-term memory, promoting learning and longevity. It improves concentration, mental performance and cognitive function as a whole and can be used in disorders of the nervous system usch as insomnia, anxiety, stress, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. It can be taken internally or applied topically for rheumatic conditions, joint pain and neuralgias.
Pharmacy: Powdered herb: 5-10g, QD. Extract: 300mg, QD. Capsule: 3000mg BID. Skin rub: skin mixed with oil applied prn. Tincture: (1:2, 25%), 5-13ml QD. Note: It may take 4 weeks to see effects.
Contraindications: None known.
Toxicity: No adverse effects reported.
Interactions: None reported.