Brahmi is non-aromatic soft, perennial, creeping herb with succulent leaves. It has numerous branches that grow especially in wet and marshy places. This edible plant can grow up to 6 inches in height, branches creep horizontally to cover the ground.
Although many chemical compounds have been isolated from Brahmi, the active fractions of this medicinal plant contain bacoside-A and bacoside-B. A number of other phytochemicals such as alkaloids, glycosides, flavonoids, saponins etc.
Properties: The whole plant can be used for medicinal purposes. It has bitter and sweet taste (Rasa), cooling energy (Virya) and sweet post-digestive effect (Vipaka). It normalizes all three Doshas and all Dhatus (tissues), especially nerve, blood and plasma. It has an effect on numerous Srotas (system); like circulatory, digestive, nervous, excretory, muscular and reproductive..
Avoid taking brahmi or consult your doctor if you want to take brahmi during pregnancy or breastfeeding. Sedative: Because brahmi has sedative properties; it is advised to use it with caution in combination with other known sedative medicines.