Brahmi (Gotu Kola)
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Named after one of the highest states of consciousness (Brahman or God consciousness), Brahmi (Centella asiatica or Gotu Kola) is one of the most powerful brain tonics in the Ayurvedic apothecary. 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. In particular, Brahmi seems to balance the inner skin that lines the digestive tract. There, 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.
Sometimes used topically, Brahmi is known to support rapid healing and healthy circulation.
Taste (Rasa): Astringent, bitter and sweet
Energy (Virya): Cooling
Post-digestive quality (Vipaka): Sweet
Quality (Guna): Dry, light
Tissue (Dhatu): Blood, bone, fat muscle, and nerve
Channel (Srotas): Circulatory, Digestive and Nervous
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