Bacopa (Brahmi) 

Latin:  Bacopa monieri

Family:  Scrophulariaceae

Parts Used:   Whole herb

Taste/Energetics:   Bitter.  Cooling.

Properties:  Anxiolytic, analgesic, anticonvulsant, antiinflammatory, antioxidant, cardiotonic, nervous system tonic, nootropic

Actions:  Brahmi is one of the most commonly used and well loved medicinal plants in India and is often used to regenerate and rejuvenate the nervous system.  It has been shown to improve cognitive ability, mental performance and memory and has been used for helping those with alzheimers, insomnia, anxiety and ADHD.

Brahmi has both the ability to enhance mental clarity while also acting as a gentle and calming relaxant that is helpful for those who are overloaded and sensitive to their environment.  For those who are highly sensitive, autistic, who get insomnia and are prone to anxiety, Brahmi can be a helpful herb.    This herb is highly revered in Ayurveda as an herb that promotes subtle awareness and cultivates “Sattvic” (sweet) qualities in the mind.

Outside of mental health concerns, brahmi has also been used for a number of health concerns ranging from asthma, arthritis, digestive issues to psoriasis, eczema, epilepsy and cancer.

Dose: Powdered herb 1-3 grams/day.  2-4 ml tincture to twice a day.  Pretty hard to take as a tea as it is so bitter so most prefer to take it in capsule or tincture form.

Contraindications:  Potentially problematic for women who are taking estrogen supplementation.


Further Reading:

Neuropharmacological review of the nootropic herb Bacopa monnieri.  Aguiar and Borowski


The cognitive-enhancing effects of Bacopa monnieri: a systematic review of randomized, controlled human clinical trials.  Pase, Kean, et al