Bacopa is a genus of 70 - 100 aquatic plants belonging to the family Plantaginaceae.
It is commonly known as Waterhyssop (or Water Hyssop, though this is more misleading as Bacopa is not
very closely related to hyssop but simply has a somewhat similar habitus).
They are annual or perennial, decumbent or erect stemmed plants. The
leaves are opposite or whorled, sessile. Leaf blade regular, round to linear, venation palmate or pinnate. Stems
hairy or smooth. The flowers are produced solitary or in pairs from leaf axil, usually radially symmetrical, sepals
5, petals 5, usually white, blue or purple in color. Dispersal and propagation is by seeds and stem fragments.
Crushed leaves have a distinctive 'lemon' scent.
Herpestis monniera, is important in ayurvedic medicine and has been used,
particularly in India, for several thousand years.It has been identified as brahmi, which is
considered medhya rasayan a "brain tonic", supposedly enhancing memory development, learning, and
concentration. Earlier, in Ayurvedic literature B. monnieri was identified as jal brahmi or
jal neem and Centella asiatica was considered brahmi (Puri,2003).
The herb shows significant psychotropic action as evidenced by excessive sleep and conformation
changes in the brain as well as blood. It has anticancerous and antioxidant effect also.
Its many active compounds include: alkaloids (brahmine and herpestine),
saponins (d-mannitol and hersaponin, acid A, and monnierin), flavonoids (luteolin and apigenin). Also in
significant amounts: betulic acid, stigmastarol, beta-sitosterol, bacopasaponins (bacosides A, bacosides B,
bacopaside II, bacopaside I, bacopaside X, bacopasaponin C, bacopaside N2 and the minor components were
bacopasaponin F, bacopasaponin E, bacopaside N1, bacopaside III, bacopaside IV, and bacopaside V).
BACOPA is found in TOTAL BALANCE
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