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The Way of Ayurvedic Herbs
By Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa and Michael Tierra
“Bacopa has been a part of traditional Ayurvedic medicine since at least the sixth century A.D. It’s used in Asia for nerve diseases, mental exhaustion, and to improve memory – it’s a powerful brain food. Meditators use it to increase comprehension, concentration and recollection. Because it increases the ability to solve problems effectively, it is often found in Ayurvedic formulas to prevent stress.
“Bacopa is also a nerve tissue builder, nervine tonic, sedative, tonic for the heart, and diuretic. In all, it’s employed in asthma, hoarseness, cough, bronchitis, emotional stress, anxiety, epilepsy, neurasthenia, joint pain, and water retention. The sedative and cardiotonic effects are due to the presence of hersaponin, one of four saponins isolated from the plant. Other active principles contained in the leaves are steroidal saponins, including bacosides. These compounds provide the capability to enhance nerve impulse transmission and thereby strengthen memory and general cognition. Scientific literature is pointing to some good uses for Bacopa in the treatment of cognitive and behavioral disorders. Children with ADHD can receive benefit from Bacopa. It is safe and effective for them.
“Recent research is revealing that Bacopa is a potent antioxidant with powerful free radical scavenging capacity, which may account for many of its effects.”
Adaptogens, Herbs for Strength, Stamina, and Stress Relief
By David Winston and Steven Maimes
“In addition to adaptogens and nervines, there is another category of herbal medicine that is both complementary and especially useful for enhancing emotional and mental well-being and promoting cerebral circulation. These herbs are called nootropics. They are used to enhance memory, slow or prevent the onset of age or Alzheimer’s disease-related cognitive decline, reduce oxidative or ischemic damage to the brain, and improve mood. Researchers are looking carefully at nootropics to find effective and safe remedies to ward off mental decline in our increasingly aging population.
“In addition to being a nootropic, Bacopa also is a nervine, mild anticonvulsive, antispasmodic, and antioxidant. Bacopa recently has been found to mildly stimulate thyroid function.
“Bacopa is used to relieve anxiety, promote memory and focus, and slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. It is often used for children and adults with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (used with Hawthorn, Milky Oat Seed, and Holy Basil). I frequently use Bacopa for patients recovering from head trauma injuries (used with St. John’s Wort, Ginkgo, and Holy Basil).
“DOSAGE AND SAFETY
Tincture: 30 – 50 drops, three to four times per day.
Tea: 1 tsp dried herb per 8 oz boiling water, steep 40 minutes. Take 4 oz three times per day.
Dosages for children should be smaller and appropriate to size and weight of the child.
Safety Issues: Make sure that the Bacopa used has been organically grown because commercially grown Bacopa can absorb whatever pollutants (especially lead and nitrates) are in the water it grows in.
Herb/Drug Interactions: In animal studies, Bacopa has been shown to reduce hepatotoxicity and neurotoxicity caused by morphine. It also relieves ‘brain fog’ caused by the antiepilepsy drug phenytoin (Dilantin).”