As its name suggests, is an anciently used plant medicine for thousands of years, whose generic name originates with the Hindu Ultimate God of Everything (HUGE), Brahma, and their practicing priestcraft, Hindus known as Brahmi. Originally an aquatic species that has likewise adapted to aerobic conditions, Brahmi has innumerable bioactive molecules that has been the source of billions of dollars' worth of scientific research. Today Brahmi is known as a nootropic plant acting as a neuro-tonic brain serum used for mental health, enhancing cognitive performance especially memory, used for its anti-inflammation actions, anti-hepatoxic actions and anti-depression effects.
These various actions could have multitudinous applications however it is clear that the actual Brahmi were using the herbs more in conjunction with their spiritual practices rather than specifically for their cognitive enhancement or for a liver cleanse. I suppose you could say that cognitive enhancement is spiritual progress, and you certainly need a fully functioning liver, however the ultimate goal of the Brahmi, is the same as all of the other plant medicines in this Pharmacopeia, the purpose is for the evolution of the soul, meaning the attainment of Moksha. The experience of jivanmukta, the realization that your atman is Brahman, that you are an essential piece of God and ultimately transcendence of self, comes from intense meditation.
In order for the full potential of a meditation to be realized, it is clear that a fully functioning nervous system may significantly improve the likelihood of this realization to be actualized.
The Alchemy remains the same, of wedding the hemispheres of the individuals brain into one harmonic finely tuned instrument. THE PERFECT INTERNAL ALCHEMY IS PERFECT COMMUNICATION BETWEEN THE RIGHT AND LEFT hemispheres of the brain resulting in Jivanmukta and actualization.
Well, Brahmi contains a number of medicinal alkaloids, saponins and steroids which we have extracted in this spagyric medicine. Notably, Bacosides A and B have been proven to significantly improve the transmission of impulses between nerve cells in your brain (2). Though the whole plant material is often used in traditional medicines and likewise contain other important therapeutic molecules. Such as the notable alkaloid Brahmine within the Brahmi that is anxiolytic. And mroe so, nicotine which likewise has a synergistic entourage affect with the Bacosides because "Nicotine works by imitating acetylcholine (a neurotransmitter) and binding to nicotinic acetylcholine receptors to promote discharge neurotransmitters such as dopamine, serotonin, and acetylcholine which are involved in cognitive functions."
Brahmin is responsible for the profound anti-anxiety affect, "Brahmi has a distinct advantage over lorazepam (LZP) since it does not induce amnesia and has a memory-promoting action in animals and man". (4) LZP, which is used as a generic pharmaceutical for anxiety, causes memory loss. Whereas, a full spectrum extracts provide both the memory enhancement AND anxiety mitigation. And as stated above, synergy between nicotine and bacosides increase the number of neuro transmitters and significantly improves the transmissions of electrical impulses between the cells producing the neurotransmitters.
Bacosides have been evidenced to be very effective in promoting the stress responses, enhance blood flow and reduce inflammation of the pre-frontal cortex, hippocampus, resulting in greatly enhanced acquisition, efficient consolidation, and faster retention times of new information. The Bacosides have also been proven to be safe in regulatory pharmacological and toxicological studies and were well tolerated by normal healthy male human volunteers in responsible dose dependent fashions (3).
It is highly recommended that you mindfully and intentionally use this plant in conjunction with your meditation practices, as described here.
(1) W. N. Sudheer, Muthu Thiruvengadam & Praveen Nagella (2022) A comprehensive review on tissue culture studies and secondary metabolite production in Bacopa monnieri L. Pennell: a nootropic plant, Critical Reviews in Biotechnology, DOI: 10.1080/07388551.2022.2085544
(2) Roodenrys, S., Booth, D., Bulzomi, S. et al. Chronic Effects of Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri) on Human Memory. Neuropsychopharmacol27, 279–281 (2002). https://doi.org/10.1016/S0893-133X(01)00419-5
(3) Neuropsychopharmacological effects of the Ayurvedic nootropic Bacopa monniera Linn. (Brahmi)Singh H K, Dhawan B NYear : 1997 | Volume: 29 | Issue Number: 5 | Page: 359-365
(4) Bacopa (Brahmi)-Open the Gate of Brahma-I Kishu Tripathi1 and T Siva Kumar2 1Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Research Center, Bhagwant University, Ajmer. Rajasthan 2Nandha College of Pharmacy, Erode, Tamil Nadu.
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