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Bacopa Monniera as a medical herb
Since we all love aquatic plants, I thought you might be
interested in this little tidbid I came across ....
Excerpt from "Using Complementary Treatments"
by Wadie Najm, M.D.
Psychiatric Times November 2002 Vol. XIX Issue 11
Also known as water hyssop, Bacopa monniera is an
Ayurvedic herbal used for mental illness, epilepsy and
Steroidal saponins derived from the leaves are the
active principle ingredient thought to enhance nerve
impulse transmission, and hence to improve memory
and cognition. Animal and human studies conducted
in India in the early 1980s reported memory
enhancing effects with improved concentration and
working memory (Singh and Dhawan, 1982; Singh
and Singh, 1980). Further studies are needed to
explore the pharmacology and clinical usefulness of
The proposed dose of Bacopa monniera is 12 g/day of
the dried plant in syrup. Possible adverse effects and
interactions are unclear from the literature available.
Pretty neat! Does anyone know if other aquatic plants
we regularly use in our tanks have medicinal properties
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