What Are the Benefits of Bacopa?


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Chinese Herbs explains that Bacopa, which is also known as Brahmi and Water Hyssop, is an herb that is a highly effective stress reliever and remedy for many common health issues. It is especially prized for its ability to improve brain functions such as memory. Experiments with the plant have shown its ability to help in treating disorders such as neurosis.

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Because of certain components of Bacopa, including bacosides A and B, it is a regarded as a brain tonic, according to Chinese Herbs. Bacosides A and B are chemicals that foster the transmissions of impulses between nerve cells and regenerate damaged nerve cells. As a brain tonic, Bacopa is useful for relieving anxiety and increasing serotonin levels. Another example of its effect on the brain is it effect on motor function. It enhances motor function in the body by balancing and stimulating the production of a neurotransmitter in the brain known as gamma-aminobutyric acid, which transmits chemicals that govern motor responses and nerve signals. Because of that, Bacopa is used as a sedative. Among other uses, it is used to help treat acne, tremors, emphysema, asthma, insomnia, headaches, mood disorders, irritability, constipation, bronchitis, eczema, rheumatism, burns, cuts and multiple skin conditions. It also helps prevent senility with its anti-aging effects.

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