8.3 Famous Ayurvedic
8.3.4 BRAHMI, Gota Kola (Hydrocytle asiatica)
Centella asiatica, Linn.)
Taste: Bitter, sweet
General Action: Rejuvenating, laxative properties, promotes intellect, voice and memory
Specific Action: Rejuvenates the brain
Therapeutic Action: Balances all three humors
Traditionally brahmi is used as a mental tonic, to rejuvenate the body, as a promoter of memory, as a nerve tonic, as a blood purifier, and for healing all kinds of skin disease, including leprosy. It is one of the best satvic herbs known, and its use promotes a calm, clear mind, and improves mental function. It has a reputation for promoting long life and is used in many rejuvenating compounds.
Modern research seems to support many of the traditional claims of Ayurveda. A study of brahmi shows that it improves memory and helps overcome the negative effects of stress. The memory retention of learned behavior on test subjects treated with a water extract of brahmi increased three to sixty times as compered to the control subjects. This study also showed no level of toxicity up to a dose of 2.5 pounds per adult (at a body weight of 154 lbs).
Brahmi is high in minerals, such as calcium, sodium, magnesium, potassium, phosphorous, aluminum, and iron. Brahmi is known as an antibacterial, antifungal, antiamoebic, insecticidal, vulnerary substance. It has mild sedative effects; it is an anti-inflammatoru externally; it is an adatogenic tonic, alternative, ani-rhematic, restorative, nervine. It is a relaxant to the whole nervous system; it is cerebrovascular stimulating, a circulatory stimulant, and it accelerates wound healing.
A popular compound made from brahmi, Brahmi Rasayan, an herbal jelly, was proved effective as nerve tonic. Its effect included the whole nervous system, enabling the subjects to withstand a variety of tests. There are many other modern studies that come to these same conclusions, conclusion that the ancient sages came to thousand of years ago. It is said that many yogis still use this plant in its fresh form as food and as an aid in meditation. The best Ayurvedic brain and memory formulas contain brahmi, as do many of the long life promoting compounds.
Dose: 500 mgs to 1 gram twice per day