Bacopa monnieri uses and side effects
Bacopa monnieri also known as ‘Brahmi’ or ‘Herb of Grace’ is a type of plant which has been used for centuries in making of Indian medicine like Ayurveda. This creeping vine is used for the treatment of diseases such as Alzheimer, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), allergy, irritable bowel syndrome, asthma, tumors, etc. Brahmi also improves memory power and reduce mental stress. This medicine also can be used to get rid the conditions like a backache, epilepsy and joint pain. Bacopa Monnieri Uses are listed below.
Bacopa for memory power
Long-term use of this medicine not only boosts memory power it also improves learning ability and alertness of the user. Bacopa stimulates the release of the key hormone ‘serotonin’ in the brain which improves user’s focus and attention and reduces mental stress.
Bacopa for anxiety and depression
This medicine is traditionally used as an anti-depression and anti-anxiety remedy in the field of Ayurveda. According to clinical research, it is found that administration of Bacopa or Brahmi syrup significantly reduces the level of anxiety and mental stress.
Bacopa for hair growth
Brahmi oil is very effective in reducing hair loss and also promotes hair growth. The regular massage of Brahmi oil into the scalp prevents dandruff and split ends of hair. This herb also possesses a lot of antioxidants which removes toxic properties from the body and improve skin complexion.
Bacopa for gastrointestinal disease
Studies of bacopa extracts suggest that it can be used to treat gastrointestinal disorders such as intestinal spasm or irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Bacopa or Brahmi tonic also improves the human digestive system.
Bacopa for cardiovascular disease
This creeping vine is also used as a ‘cardiotonic’ in Ayurvedic medicine. Studies suggest that Bacopa extracts have a lot of vasodilatory effects which can cure cardiovascular disease.
Side effects of Bacopa Monnieri
Though therapeutic uses of Bacopa Monnieri are not associated with any severe side effects and it has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for centuries, but it may cause some side effects which include nausea, stomach cramps, fatigue, etc.
• In some cases, it is reported that regular use of bacopa slows down the heart beat rate which could compound the problems for those who already have slow heart beat rate.
• Though there is no reliable evidence, it is better to avoid using bacopa during pregnancy and breastfeeding or consult with your physician before using it in that situation.
• People with weak lung conditions like emphysema are advised not to take bacopa medicine because it might increase the fluid secretions in user’s lung.
• Those who are suffering from severe thyroid disorder need to avoid this medicine because it might increase the levels of thyroid hormone on the user.
• Bacopa also said to increase serotonin levels on its user but as previously said there is no clinical evidence has been found which prove these side effects. In short, it is advisable to take this medicine in dosages of 250 mg to 300mg once or twice a day.