Vaidya Mishra's Knowledge Newsletter
Bacopa monnieri is sometimes called brahmi by the Ayurvedic texts, or more specifically, jal brahmi (water brahmi), because it grows by the sides of creeks. The main Sanskrit name for this divine herb is aindri, one of Indra's favorite plants.
You can learn about the many beneficial properties of aindri in Vaidya Mishra's 35 minute, downloadable audio lecture here.
Aindri stimulates the medhagni (the transforming power of the brain) so that it can process information more easily. Have you ever felt like your brain was foggy? Information seems to go in, but it doesn't get very far. Or it takes a long time for the brain to do what you want it to do.
This sluggishness of the mind happens because the burners (medhagnis) in the brain have become clogged with physical toxins or vibrational toxins or both. When the brain is bogged down with toxins, it is unable to function properly.
Aindri (bacopa) un-clouds the burners of the brain that process information. It cleans the vibrational and physical brain so that it is no longer bogged down.
When the medhagnis (burners of the brain) are burning cleanly and brightly, there is a healthy appetite for learning (dhi), an ease of assimilation (dhriti), and a quickness of recall (smriti).
The result of having such a fully functioning brain is that you perceive things clearly, and act wisely, avoiding pitfalls which lead to pain and suffering. Physically, your body functions much better, since the brain is the controller of all the organs in the body. And most importantly, when your brain is working properly, your mind easily gets connected to the light of the soul, the source of all wisdom, inspiration and truth.
Sometimes you need the physical properties of aindri (bacopa), which you cannot get in the Brahmi Herbal Memory Nectar or Brahmi Transdermal Cream. The brain is a physical organ, and sometimes it needs the physical molecules of bacopa to remove toxins and re-ignite the medhagnis.
In addition, aindri is useful for alkalizing the physical body, binding toxins and reducing inflammation. It also gives stamina to the mind, body and emotions. It is recommended by the shastras (ancient texts) for jwara (fever), kas (chronic cough), asrigruja (blood problems), vahni manda (slow digestion and metabolism) and even vibandha (constipation). To receive the physical benefits of aindri you have to take the physical herb, which is why we offer these capsules.
However, it is important to realize that taking the physical herb is not always effective. If you have a lot of toxins in your liver, or have a poor digestive system, the herb will not be digested properly and will end up becoming ama (partially digested material) which contributes to problems in the body instead of helping to alleviate them. And if the liver is full of toxins, the divinity of this herb will be squelched by the highly acidic, reactive toxins sitting there, causing the herb to lose its potency.
Also, bitter taste is one of the physical properties of aindri. Bitter tastes have the effect of stimulating the liver to release any toxins it has sitting inside. If there are a lot of toxins in your liver, it is not wise to take an herb like bacopa orally. The effect will be that a lot of toxins will be purged from the liver at once, which can easily damage the colon, cause diarrhea, or get reabsorbed into the bloodstream and lodge in other organs in the body, including the brain.
Do not take this herb if you have a lot of toxins in your liver. You should first slowly purify the liver, alkalize the channels and the blood, and regain physical balance. Only then, under the direction of a Shaka Vansya Ayurvedic (SVA) practitioner, should you begin using this bitter herb to nourish the brain. In the meantime, use the safer methods of Brahmi Herbal Memory Nectar or Brahmi Transdermal Cream.
You will notice that we do not sell gotu kola as a crude herb, unless it is combined with bacopa. Gotu kola is also a kind of brahmi but is much more powerful than bacopa. It squeezes the liver even more dramatically, and it even causes allergic dermatitis in some people. For this reason, Vaidya Mishra mainly uses the subtle essence of gotu kola, not the whole herb, in his formulations to avoid problems with the physical herb.
You will find crude gotu kola in our Total Brahmi Tablets, but it is used in combination with bacopa to help balance it. Those tablets are more powerful than these Brahmi (Bacopa) Capsules and should be used with even more caution than these capsules.
Learn more about this very important herb for the mind by listening to an audio lecture about aindri (bacopa) by Vaidya Mishra. You can download a 35 minute lecture on aindri (bacopa) for 99 cents each here.
You may also want to listen to Vaidya Mishra's 27 minute lecture on gotu kola (mandukaparni) to gain a full understanding of both forms of brahmi. You can even download the MP3 files and listen to them in your car.
Aindri (bacopa monnieri)
60 tablets - 500 mg each
Take as directed by your Shaka Vansya Ayurveda practitioner.
Use under the guidance of a Shaka Vansya Ayurveda practitioner. As with all herbs, please consult with your physician before using.
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