Parts used – whole plant
Uses – The whole plant of Brahmi is used in the form of juice to treat insanity, epilepsy, paediatric diseases, pox and as a rejuvinative.
Biochemical Analysis– 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). In rats, bacosides A enhance antioxidant defenses, increasing superoxide dismutase (SOD), catalase (CAT) and glutathione peroxidase (GPX) activity. (source wikipedia)
How it is used in different disease-
Brahmi, kusmanda(Benincasa hispida ) and sankhapuspi ((convolvulus microphyllus ) separately mixed with kustha (Saussurea lappa) and honey is used in mental disorders (10-15 gms) (VM.20.3; SG.2.1.18)
Old ghee processed with brahmi juice, vaca(Acorus calamus) , kustha (Saussurea lappa) and sankhapuspi (convolvulus microphyllus alleviate insanity, inauspiciousness, and epilepsy (10-15 gms) (CS.Ci.10.25)
To promote intellect
Juice of Brahmi, or mandukaparni(Centella asiatica) are be taken with honey and ghee to promote intellect (10-15 ml) (KS.P.5)