Tuesday, July 28, 2015


Botanic name:              Bacopa monnieri

Synonym:                     Lysimachia monnieri

                                     Herpestris monniera

Family:                          Scrophulariaceae

  It is a common creeping growing in damp or marshy areas.
  Leaves simple, opposite.
  Flowers solitary,auxilary.
  Capsule ovoid.

Usually propagated by using stem cuttings. For mass propagation, the whole plant is cut in to small pieces and planted directly in to the sunken beds. The rooting begins within 15-20 days.

Medicinal Properties:
Plant contains two alkaloids, Brahmine and Herpestine.
The entire plant is used in indigenous system of medicine as a nerve tonic and cure for Epilepsy and insanity. 

Brahmi is astringent (A drug which contracts the tissues and stop bleeding or secretion), bitter, cooling and pungent, it has emetic and laxative properties and it also improves intellect, is useful in bed ulcers, tumers and enlargement of spleen.

In some newly developed memory enhancing drugs Brahmi is one of the main ingredient.

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