One of the most powerful brain tonics in the Ayurvedic apothecary is Brahmi (Centella asiatica or Gotu Kola), named after one of the highest states of consciousness, Brahman or God consciousness. The leaf of the Brahmi plant resembles the cerebellum and is traditionally used to promote memory and intelligence and to relax the central nervous system. Brahmi supports restful sleep, calms emotional turbulence, and simultaneously improves concentration and alertness.
Recent studies suggest that Brahmi supports healthy skin, lymph, and circulatory functions. It is known to boost cognitive agility, short attention span, foggy memory and blurred focus. In particular, Brahmi seems to balance the inner skin that lines the digestive tract. Healthy skin supports healthy microbes, which make neurotransmitters that support healthy and stable mood and cognitive function. Brahmi, in Ayurveda, is known as a brain tonic and may actually work on the brain through its effect on the gut microbiology.
Traditional medicinal uses of Brahmi:
- Memory enhancer, insomnia, mental and physical fatigue, irritable bowel syndrome, increase sex drive, impotence, bronchitis, coughs and hoarseness, arthritis, rheumatism, inflammatory conditions and high cholesterol levels.