It is used interchangeably with Hydrocotyle asiatica. It is also known by the names of Gotu Kola (does not contain cola or caffeine, as its name would suggest), Indian Pennywort, Chi-hsing and Pai Kuo. It has been in use for almost 3000 years in Unani, Ayurvedic and Chinese medicines. It is a classic brain and nervine tonic. It is also adaptogenic, cooling, cardiotonic, stomachic, carminative, mildly diuretic, febrifuge, antirheumatic, sedative and peripheral vasodilator. It contains many nutrients that support the body’s vitality and feed the nervous system, including vitamins A, B, E and K, and magnesium. Brahmi is considered the main rejuvenating herb for nerve and brain cells and, therefore, has played a very important role in Ayurvedic therapies for the treatment of cognitive disorders of aging. Countless studies have shown Brahmi helps improve protein activity and protein synthesis, especially in brain cells, which can increase intelligence, longevity and memory and decrease senility and aging. It has tranquillising effects but, unlike synthetic sedatives which often have side effects of dulling the mind, it actually improves mental clarity. It is also used as an antianxiety agent, to calm restlessness in children, and to cure several mental disorders. It is most commonly used as a nervine tonic that enhances learning and academic performance, improves mental alertness, sharpens short-term and long-term memory, rectifies speech disorders, increase concentration and intellectual ability in children.
Recommended Dosage : 3 to 6 g powder of whole dried herb.