Named after one of the highest states of consciousness (Brahman or God consciousness), the herb, Brahmi (Gotu Kola), is one of the most powerful brain tonics known in the Ayurvedic system. Recognized for its healing properties in maintaining the balance of the right and left hemispheres of the brain, it is known to increase cerebral circulation and rejuvenate the nervous system.
Brahmi’s Medicinal Benefits
There are various medicinal benefits of Brahmi according to Ayurveda. For example, Brahmi is often prescribed to those recovering from exhaustion, stress, debility and aggravation of vata. Furthermore, it is also often prescribed to those suffering from Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, ADHD, Asperger’s syndrome, autism, insomnia and depression. Beyond these benefits, Brahmi is also beneficial for those recovering from alcoholism or drug abuse, and also aids those looking to kick that darn sugar habit.
As a purifier, this medicinal herb is known to cleanse the system by eliminating all sorts of toxins. Because of it’s detoxifying properties, it’s useful in treating such ailments as leprosy, syphilitic and scrofulous ulceration, obstinate eczema and psoriasis. (Brahmi is useful in fighting skin conditions than stem from an underlying nervous imbalance). In addition to being a blood purifier, Brahmi strengthens the immune system, is beneficial in fighting venereal diseases, including AIDS. It also cleanses the kidneys, while calming and soothing the liver. It is also known to calm the heart and help guard against heart attacks.
But Brahmi’s benefits don’t stop there. It is beneficial in relieving tension throughout the system and helps to ease constipation from stress, relax muscles and alleviate menstrual pain and disorders. Brahmi is also used for the treatment of epilepsy, asthma and rheumatism. Studies have also shown Brahmi to possess anticancer activity. Next time you go to reach for that sleeping pill, consider taking Brahmi instead.