Bacopa Monniera is used prominently in Ayurveda, a holistic medicine system from India, and has been used since approximately the 6th century AD. Memory, attention and other cognitive functions, occasional panic and anxiety, mental/physical fatigue, immune system response
Bacopa extracts have shown potential to inhibit calcium flux across cell membrane channels. This suggests that Bacopa can provide relief for those who suffer from conditions resulting from intestinal spasm, such as irritable bowel syndrome. Bacopa may have a curative effect upon gastric ulcers.
Taken in high doses Bacopa has a stimulatory effect upon thyroid function, thus benefiting suffers of hypothyroidism. Bacopa extracts also have potential to diminish the side effects of certain drugs, including morphine and phenytoin.
Bacopa has been shown to have a relaxant effect on chemically induced bronchoconstriction. Animal studies have also demonstrated that Bacopa has potent mast cell stabilizing ability with a resultant potential to control asthma and allergies. Human trials are needed to confirm these potential benefits