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Bacopa (Bacopa monnieri)

Synonyms/Common Names/Related Substances:

  • Bacopa monniera Linn., Bacopa monniera Wettst., Bacopa monnieri, Bacopa monnieri L., bacopasaponin C, bacoside, bacoside A, bacoside A3, bacoside B, bacosine, bcasine, brahmi, figwort, Herpestis moniera cuneifolia, Herpestis monniera, Jalanimba, Jalnaveri, Keenmind®, medhya rasayana, Moniera cuneifolia, sambrani chettu, Scrophulariaceae (family), thyme-leaved gratiola, water hyssop.

Clinical Bottom Line/Effectiveness

Brief Background:

  • Bacopa monnieri leaf extract is called brahmi in Ayurvedic medicine and is widely used in India for enhancing memory, analgesia, and treating epilepsy.
  • Bacopa may be helpful in managing pediatric attention deficit (hyperactivity) disorder, but clinical evidence is lacking.
  • Most research on bacopa has concentrated on its effects on learning; however, most studies are of poor methodological quality, and high-quality clinical trials are needed to define a potential role in patient care.

Dosing/Toxicology

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Precautions/Contraindications

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Interactions

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Mechanism of Action

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History

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Evidence Discussion

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References

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