Botanic name: Bacopa monnieri
Synonym: Lysimachia monnieri
Leaves simple, opposite.
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.
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.