Effectiveness of centella asiatica (brahmi) in various illnesses: a review

Arun Mukherjee., Vipla Gombar., MeenaGupta., Sumit Sinha and Yasmeen Shamsi

Medicinal plants have been used since ancient times for the treatment of a range of diseases. Nowadays medicinal plants have attained a significant role in health system all over the world for both humans and animals not only in the diseased condition but also as potential material for maintaining proper health. In this era, focus on plant research has increased all over the world and a large body of evidence has been accumulated to highlight the immense potential of medicinal plants used in various traditional systems of medicine. Amongst various medicinal plants Brahmi (Centella asiatica Linn.) is one of the most useful plants seen in Unani system of medicine. Centella asiatica Linn. is an imperative medicinal drug which possesses significant medicinal properties, especially those involving cognition. It has been extensively used In Unani system of medicine, as Muqawwi-e-Dimagh (brain tonic), Muqawwi-e-Asab (nervine tonic) and Musakkin-e-Asab (tranquiliser) drug in various neuro-psychiatric disorders e.g. Zof-e-Dimagh (cerebral asthenia), Zof-e-Asab (neuroasthenia), Zof-e-Hafiza (poor memory), Nisyan (amnesia), Junoon (insanity), Akhtanaqur Rahem (Hysteria)
The present paper reviews Brahmi (Centella asiatica Linn.) as a medicinal plant and highlights its benefits in various health problems.

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