Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri) : a mental illness drug

  • Pooja Singh Post Graduate Scholar, P.G. Department of Agad Tantra, Uttrakhand Ayurveda University, Rishikul Campus, Haridwar, Uttrakhand, India.
  • Vasu Singh Post Graduate Scholar, Dept. of Samhita and Siddhanta, State Ayurvedic College, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India.
  • R.C Tiwari HOD and Professor, P.G. Department of Agad Tantra, Uttrakhand Ayurveda University, Rishikul Campus, Haridwar, Uttrakhand, India.
Keywords: Ayurveda, Yendri, Medhya Rasayana, Dravyaguna Vigyana, Manas, Sarir.


Ayurveda is the life science and practice that involve the care of the human being's physical, mental, and spiritual health. The term "Ayu” is defined as- "Sharir Indriya Satva Atma Sanyogo Dhari Jeevtam (Charak). According to Acharaya Charaka the individuality of Manas and Sarira is inseparable and interdependent. The paragon of the beauty of Ayurveda is that it always emphasizes prevention over cure. Yendri (Bacopa monnieri Linn). Mentioned as Medhya by Priyavrat Sharma in his book Dravyagun Vigyana. Nowadays, the use of herbal drugs for the treatment of various diseases is developing worldwide. Psychiatric and neurological disorders are generally associated with memory loss, cognitive deficits, impaired mental function, etc. Due to the multi-factorial nature of these diseases, psychoactive drugs of modern medicine have achieved restricted success. Therefore, there is an extended stipulation for novel products that could target multiple pathways and improve mental capabilities. According to "Ayurveda," the Indian traditional medicine system, "Medhya Rasayana" presents herbal therapeutics that restores cognitive deficits, boost memory, and improve mental functions. The current review emphasizes the components and application of such type of herbal medication.


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Pooja Singh, Vasu Singh, & R.C Tiwari. (2021). Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri) : a mental illness drug. Journal of Ayurveda and Integrated Medical Sciences, 6(4), 312 - 321. Retrieved from
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