Bacopa monniera may be more familiar to some when referred to as Brahmi but by any name Bacopa is becoming recognized as a wonderful aid to brain function and mental clarity.
Bacopa is an Ayurvedic herb and is a tonic for the heart and nervous system. So yes, the use of Bacopa tends to stimulate the brain however the heart and nervous system will remain soothed and calm. In India, Bacopa is touted as the herb to enhance mental clarity, improve focus and concentration, and increase the ability for the brain to retain information.
Bacopa is also a diuretic and, even though not a central nervous system stimulant, it does enhance energy. Bacopa may help with weight loss, slow thyroid function, asthma, and igniting that feeling of clear thinking that some writers, artists, and folks with mentally demanding duties have used the caffeine buzz for over the years.
Bacopa extract in capsule or tincture form is the easiest and most effective way to use bacopa. As an extract, in addition to enhancing brain function and memory, Bacopa is well known for its ability to help reduce stress, anxiety, and symptoms of depression. Bacopa, especially in conjunction with a couple other herbs such as Tulsi (Holy Basil) and Hawthorn, is used in the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
The antioxidant properties in Bacopa help improve blood circulation to the brain. Beyond mental clarity, Bacopa has shown to assist with emotional disturbances, Alzheimer’s disease and amnesia.
Beyond the increased circulation to the brain, Bacopa promotes hair growth and use of this herb enables more nutrition to reach the hair roots. The hair often becomes healthy and strong and, even though Bacopa typically is used to benefit the brain, beyond the brain and the hair the whole body benefits from the use of this adaptogenic herb.
At Traditional Botanical Medicine, we offer a formula for Brain Rejuvenation called Renewal. Renewal is rich in Bacopa, Ginkgo, Mucuna, Ashwagandha, and Peony.