Sunday, 18 July 2010
Brahmi stimulates brain and nerves
By Syed Akbar
The Brahmi plant, which derives its name from Lord Brahma, has been in use for almost 3,000 years. Ayurveda practitioners claim that Brahmi has dozensof medicinal properties ranging from fighting bronchitis to asthma, and fromboosting the intelligence to maintaining cholesterol levels.
Of late, Brahmi has been commercialised with several drug and cosmetic companies launching a number of products. Brahmi hair oil and Brahmi Chavanprash have become quite popular with women and students.
The entire Brahmi plant goes into Ayurveda and Unani formulations. The plant is dried in shade and then powdered for use in herbal formulations.
Extracts are also obtained from the fresh plant. The leaves are bitter to taste. Though recent research studies have shown that Brahmi is absolutely safe as a medicinal herb, doctors often caution against its over consumption. An overdose of Brahmi formulation or its fresh extract creates health complications including temporary loss. Fatigue and headache are the common symptoms of Brahmi abuse.
Besides being a major brain tonic, Brahmi has been found to be good in treating health problems like epilepsy, heart diseases, hair loss, ulcers and diarrhoea.
For those suffering from bouts of epileptic fits, Brahmi juice is considered to be the best natural remedy. Ayurveda doctors recommend juice from Brahmi plant to treat epilepsy.
If you are suffering from insomnia and anxiety, simply rub Brahmi oil on the scalp. Gently massage the scalp after applying Brahmi oil. You will get sound sleep.
Those conscious of their hair may try Brahmi hair oil formulations. Brahmi oil promotes hair growth, and keep the scalp free of fungal infections like dandruff.
Paste prepared from Brahmi plant can be applied externally on wounds for quick healing.
Practitioners of herbal medicine recommend decoction prepared from Aswagandha and Brahmi plants for quick relief from nagging headaches caused by migraine.