Habitat & Cultivation : Bacopa Monnieri is typically found in warmer temperate and tropical regions, particularly in southern Asia. Its preferred habitat includes marshy areas, where it tends to form dense mats on mudflats and along the peripheries of mangrove swamps.
Parts Used : Aerial parts.
Constituents : Bacopa Monnieri contains triterpenoid saponins, including bacosides.
Medicinal Actions & Uses : In India, Bacopa Monnieri is primarily utilized for addressing nervous system disorders, including neuralgia, epilepsy, and mental illnesses. Additionally, it is employed for various other health issues such as indigestion, ulcers, gastrointestinal discomfort, asthma, bronchitis, and infertility. In China, it is consumed as a yang tonic to address conditions like impotence, premature ejaculation, infertility, and rheumatic ailments. Indonesia employs the plant as a remedy for filariasis, a tropical disease caused by worms. In Cuba, Bacopa Monnieri serves as a purgative, and a decoction of the entire plant is ingested for its diuretic and laxative properties. The plant’s expressed juice is mixed with oil and topically applied to alleviate arthritic pain.
Research : Indian research suggests that Bacopa Monnieri improves mental function, memory and concentration, as well as reducing learning time.