Brahmi Ghrita Benefits, Dosage, How To Use, Side Effects, Ingredients, Reference

Brahmi Ghrita is a very famous Ayurvedic medicine, in herbal ghee form. This medicine has ghee as its base. It is used for preparatory procedure for Panchakarma and also as medicine, mainly for treatment of improving intelligence, learning skills and speech.

Uses

Brahmi Ghrita benefits: 
It is widely used as medicine and also in preparatory procedure called snehakarma for the treatment of improving learning skills, intelligence, memory, speech. It is also used in the treatment of skin diseases, epilepsy and female infertility. Reportedly overcomes impotency.
It is used for treating
Depression,
Fatigue,
Myalgia – depression induced bodyache
Stress disorder
Useful in panic attacks.

Effect on Tridosha – Calms Vata, Pitta and Kapha

Dose, Adjuvant

Brahmi Ghritam dosage: 
As medicine – quarter to half teaspoon with water, usually before food, once or twice a day, or as directed by Ayurvedic doctor.
For Panchakarma preparation – Snehana procedure, the dose depends on the disease status and the judgement of Ayurvedic doctor.

Adjuvant – Warm water and warm milk

With western medicines
Seek your doctor’s advice if you are taking this product along with other western (allopathic/modern) medicines. Some Ayurvedic herbs can interact with modern medicine.
If both Ayurvedic and allopathic medicines are advised together, then it is best to take allopathic medicine first, wait for 30 minutes and then, after a gap of 15 – 30 minutes, take Ayurvedic medicine or as directed by the physician.

Can this be used while taking Homeopathic medicine?
Yes. This product does not react with homeopathic medicine.

With supplements like multivitamin tablets, Omega 3 fatty acids etc?
Yes. Generally, this product goes well with most of the dietary supplements. However, if you are taking more than one product per day, please consult your doctor for an opinion.

Diet To Follow

Have more of Ghee, coconut oil, Sunflower seed, almond, taro root, flaxseed oil, soyabean, pistachio,
Broccoli, carrots, chard, nuts, papaya, pumpkin, red peppers
Flax seeds, walnut, tofu, brussel sprout, cauliflower, winter squash, fish oil, egg oil, krill oil, chia seeds, camelia are fine to take.

Diet To avoid:
There are no diet restrictions. Please avoid all types of junk foods, excessive non veg foods, try to avoid or limit alcohol and smoking. Avoid aerated drinks.
Please prefer homemade food wherever possible.

How to use Brahmi Ghrit as a brain tonic for healthy people?
If you are healthy, still want to use Brahmi ghrita, then take half a teaspoon of this, just before your morning cup of coffee / tea / milk. You can take it for up to two months. Note that you have to have some hot drink  or at least hot water, after taking this herbal brain tonic ghee.

Side Effects

Brahmi Ghritam Side Effects: 
However it is best to use this product under medical supervision. Self medication with this medicine is discouraged.
People with diabetes, high cholesterol, heart diseases and high BP should exercise precaution.
In very high dose, it may cause diarrhoea and indigestion.

Side effect recorded by Ms Shubhra –
Hello doctor, my baby is 3 years old. I started giving her Brahmi Gritham 1 tablespoon with milk. But she started getting blood in her stools. This stopped as soon as I stopped the medicine. Since is underweight (only 11 kgs at this 3.4 years), I wanted to give her food supplement to improve her immunity and strength.

Synonyms and Principle

Synonyms: brahmi ghrita, brahmi ghritam, brahmi ghrit, brahmi ghritham

Principle:
In this herbal ghee, the herbs are infused in the medium of ghee along with herb water decotion. Then the solid waste herb materials are filtered out. Thus, this herbal ghee contains oil soluble and water soluble phyto-active principles of medicinal herbs.

Contents and Reference

Brahmi Ghrit Ingredients: 
Brahmi – Bacopa monnieri juice extract – Plant – 1.536 liters
Ghrita – Ghee – 768 ml
12 g of each of
Trikatu – 3 medicinal spices
Pepper – Piper nigrum – Fruit
Long pepper – Piper longum – Fruit
and
Ginger – Zingiber officinale – Rhizome
Shweta and Krishna Trivrit – Operculina turpethum – Root
Danti – Baliospermum montanum – Root
Shankhapushpi – Clitorea ternatea – Whole plant
Nripadruma – Cassia fistula – Fruit pulp
Saptala – Acacia sinuata – Whole plant
Krumihara – Embelia ribes – Fruit

Brahmi Ghrutham  reference: Ashtangahrudayam Uttarsthana 6/23-25

Method of Preparation

Juice is extracted from Brahmi. Ingredients from Pepper to Krumihara are powdered and paste is prepared by adding sufficient quantity of water. Ghee is heated along with prepared paste and brahmi juice. It is heated and stirred continuously till there is subsidence of froth and all the moisture content is evaporated. Heating is stopped when the paste rolled between fingers forms varti (wick). It is packed in a tightly closed containers.

Another reference of Brahmi ghritam:
Charaka Samhita Chikitsa Sthana 10/25
ब्राह्मीरस वचा कुष्ठशङ्खपुष्पीभिरेव च|
पुराणं घृतमुन्मादालक्ष्म्यपस्मारपापनुत्||२५||
brāhmīrasa vacā kuṣṭhaśaṅkhapuṣpībhireva ca|
purāṇaṃ ghṛtamunmādālakṣmyapasmārapāpanut||25||

Old cow ghee (1 part) is cooked with
4 parts of Brahmi Juice (Bacopa monnieri) and
The paste of
Vacha – Acorus calamus Linn.),
Kushta – Saussurea lappa and
Shankhapuspi – (1/4th part in total)
This medicated ghee is indicated in –
Unmada – insanity
Alaksmi – inauspiciousness
Apasmara – epilepsy and
Papa – effects of devil deeds [25]

Scientific research on Brahmi Ghrita in patients of depression:
In a clinical study conducted by Dept. of Panchakarma & Manasa Roga, I.P.G.T. & R.A., Gujarat Ayurved University, Jamnagar, India, Brahmi ghrita showed moderate improvement in 50% patients and mild improvement in 35% patients. Its total effect was statistically highly significant (p<0.005) as compared to placebo.

Diet

Food to avoid and have during Brahmi Ghrit –
1. It is better to drink hot water soon after taking Brahmi Ghritham.
2. It is best to avoid cold water  / cold food stuff soon after taking this ghee.
3. While taking this ghee, better to avoid excess of garlic and onion and excess of non veg food. (to improve Satt/vik nature of mind) 

Food to take –
Vitamin E Rich food like almonds, sunflower seeds, Fortified cereals, Nuts, Vegetable oils, peanuts, Cooked spinach, Tomato, turnip greens, peanut butter, wheat germ, Avocado.
Fish oil, soyabean are some of food that are good to take.

Shelf life and Manufacturer

Shelf life: 2 years from the date of manufacture.
Manufacturer:
Kottakkal Arya Vaidya Sala, Zandu
Nagarjuna – Brahmi Ghrutham
Packaging: 150 grams

Pregnancy, lactation, children

Seek medical advice for its usage during pregnancy.
It can be administered to lactation mother and children, in lower doses.
In Children, the dose depends on the precsribing doctor. For a five year old, the average dose is quarter to half a teaspoon per day, preferably before food.

Brahmi Ghritam is used along with Swarna Bhasma (Gold calx) in a childhood healthcare program called Swarna Prashana Samskara, useful in improving immunity and mental strength of children. Read more about Swarna Bindu Prashana

Habit forming

Is this medicine habit forming? Does it create dependence? Can we stop it after a few months of usage?
This medicine is not habit forming. After using for the prescribed period, your doctor would gradually decrease the dose and eventually stop it. Follow your doctor’s instructions for gradual decrease of dose and stopping. Usually it does not cause any ill effects.

133 thoughts on “Brahmi Ghrita Benefits, Dosage, How To Use, Side Effects, Ingredients, Reference”

  1. I got brahmi ghrita..I have doubt for that. My brahmi ghrita’s colour is not green side.Brahmi has natural green colour so should brahmi ghrita have green colour or it should be only white colour of ghee ?

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    • Colour variations are common in Ayurveda products. The same medicine of two different batches from same company might have different colours. Because, everytime we can not get same quality of herbs with similar specifications. I suggest you to not to worry much about this.

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  2. Hello Doctor,

    I have purchased Brahmi Ghritam for me. The fluid inside the bottle is very thick and i am not able to swallow it. Its from Arya Vaidya Sala ..what should i do ?.

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  3. Hi Sir, I am undergoing treatment for seronegative arthritis and lumbar prolapse, in this treatment I was now given this brahmi ghritam… May I know in which way it I’ll help me…

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  4. i have very hectic schedule, lots of mind games work…at night i feel my head very heavy and i wake up suddenly while asleep, by snoring heavy..
    so do i start brahmi ghrita for my condition with or without medical supervision?

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    • Thanks Dr. for sharing your wisdom. i have a question for brahmi ghrit. why we can not continue for a longer time as nowadays in environment of stress & pollution we get a lot of wear & tear on a physical & mental level…?

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      • I do not recommend any medicine for long term use.
        Regarding stress – our body and mind have their own mechanism to handle stress. So, we should make them stronger by Pranayama, healthy food choices, exercise etc. We should always rate the natural measures higher over medicines.
        Only when natural measures are not sufficient, then medicine, therapies etc can be adopted.

        Same thing for pollution. Regular use of turmeric, cardamom, ginger, pepper etc spices in dishes, Pranayama, nasya procedures etc should be the long term plan.

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    • If you are healthy, still want to use Brahmi ghrita, then take half a teaspoon of this, just before your morning cup of coffee / tea / milk. You can take it for up to two months. Note that you have to have some hot drink or at least hot water, after taking this herbal brain tonic ghee.

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  5. Hello DR. I am 21 currently and I was told by one of my friend that this product helps in reducing hair fall and improves blood circulation…. Without consulting any1 I am using this product… Please advise me ?? I have heridity for baldness ?? Any suggestions for me please ??

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  6. hi sir
    my child downsynrome (special childz)i am giving 14 days treatmen basti. again i can give 1sp daily to him. it will help him. or i need to stop.monthly 14days i will give. is it fine sir

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    • namaste,
      it depends the place of manufacture. because always in south many a times brahmi is replaced by mandookaparni which is also having similar effect as that of brahmi. otherwise sharbat is the one which is sugary drink and juice is the as it is extract of brahmi.

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  7. Sir 22 age can i take brahmi ghrit ( baidynath) for memory support . How much time does I required to take it . Please tell me is it contain bacopa monneri or gotu kola

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  8. hello,
    brahmi gritha can be used in children of 11 months mixed with swarna bhasma, as swarna prashana. it helps in brain development. the dose and method of administration must be decided by an Ayurvedic doctor near to you.

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  9. Gud evening Sir,

    My Mother aged 51 years affected by Epilepsy at may 2015..at that time she was in unconsious stage for 2 days.. we admitted in ICU ward. my Mother MRI scan report for Brain told.. Left mesial temporal sclerosis..because of this problem only my mother get Epilepsy..doctor told and discharged with one week.. Doctor prescribed for anti epilepsy tablets…15 days once we go to hospital and consult with doctor..but my mother feel leg pain and sometimes hand pain and sometimes whole body pain..so we consult with local siddha doctor for pain releif..The doctor prescibed brahmi ghrutham..from today onwards my mother taking this ghrutham. I request you to please reply me how useful this medicine for my Mother problem and dosage.. and how to take this medicine for my mother problem..

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    • this is useful in such condition if it is not associated with diabetes, hypertension or hyper cholestremia.
      default dose is quarter to half tea spoon with warm water usually before food once or twice daily.

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  10. mahendra gaur i have mind weakness so one doctor prescripe me to get brahmi poder with milk and smrutihills cap so it is better?
    i doubt that he prescripe me brahmi powder inspite of brahmi ghee.
    please suggest me.

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  11. I have mindweakness one doctor prescripe me to get brahmi powder and smuritihills cap inspite of brahmi ghee so suggest me it is better for me.

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  12. it will help in such condition. regarding dosage it is not advisible to take online suggestion for such young kids, since the dose of any gritha always depends on the digestion power of the person. please confirm the dose with your doctor.

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  13. you can take it no problem in a dose of half a tea spoon morning in empty stomach with warm water for 2 months.
    you can take fresh brahmi juice also, but for your little one it is better to start after 6 months.

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  14. although it is indicated for children but fr performing nasya in person guidance of an efficient Ayurveda doctor is must. so, it is better to consult an Ayurveda doctor directly.

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  15. Madam, It takes atleast 2 months for a considerable change. And it is based on your age, strength and constitution.

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  16. Madam, It takes atleast 2 months for a considerable change. And it is based on your age, strength and constitution.

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  17. Can you take Brahmi Gritham for more than 4 months? I started using Brahmi Gritham for my daughter and it seems to be working. I am afraid to stop though. Is it ok to continue? What happens if you keep giving it to her? Are there any negative effects if we give it for more time?

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    • Thank you Doctor. Can you please tell me what kind of side effects will be there if you used it for a long time? I used it for my daughter for more than an year now. One of my friends suggested Brahmi Gritham and I ordered online and started using it may be 10 drops morning and evening. Also, are there any withdrawal symptoms I should be worried about after I stop? Please advise.

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      • Hi, there are no withdrawal effects and there are no big side effects. But after one year of use, it is better to taper down the dose and stop it.
        I do not recommend continuing any medicine, without need.

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  18. Hi, I agree with your doctor on fish oil advice. I suggest you to go ahead with his advice. Along with that, Brahmi ghrita – 2 ml per day, can be given to your son. All the best.

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  19. Sir I started using it 15 days back just for enhancing my memory 1tbs daily with warm milk .meanwhile I ate bhaang 4 to 5 times.from there the problem started.i was more confused and conscious level was very low.there I stopped taking brahmi ghrit. Nowadays I am very stressed and keep thinking about my problem .my social life is also hampered as I fear people might come to know about my problem.sir plz advice

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  20. Dr. As per advice i gave my son brahmin only for 30 days around sep. There is a wonderful difference in him in memory. When should i restart the dosage. Is there any specific time gap required? This time i want to give the ghee. Do you suggest any other herbal for concentration.he is an Adhd child.

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  21. Hello Dr. My daughter is 4 she speak nicely and too much she talk but some words are not clear so how to make her speech clear? Pls help with this.

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  22. Dear Dr JV Hebbar, thanks for all your service.
    A small question, from where I can buy brahmi griht and swarna bhasm of best quality?

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  23. I was referred to the brahmi grits by a siddha doctor and friend to have it along with food (along with Dhal rice instead of ghee).

    Is this right method? Does it benefits the patient?

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  24. HI Sir,

    What is the proper usage and dosage of this Med for an adult aged 37(is it work in this age?) I am using this bcoz of I have a less memory problem and affecting to my career.

    Also please advice i need to avoid fish and egg also other than chicken and meat.

    please reply

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  25. Hello Doctor
    Thanks for responding to all questions. My son who is autistic is taking this. Is there a problem if this is continued for a few years.
    Thanking you in advance.
    Radhika

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  26. Better to use it for 2 months, give a gap of one month. This way, both can be continued for 12 – 18 months.
    You can avoid Brahmi Ghrita during extreme winter and raining seasons.

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  27. Dr hebbar Namaskar,
    My son has milk autism he is 5 yrs old, he has speech but does not use much language also 2 years behind his age in few areas like comprihension and social cues,
    His ayurvedic doc recommended Ashpi syrup,
    Shankhpushpi (Convilvulus pluricaulis) 100mg in 5ml
    Brahmi ( centella asiatica) 75mg
    Rosa centifoila 25 mg
    Jyotishmati 13mg
    Akkalkaro 10 mg

    I asked about mentat which also have brahmi (bacopa along with Centella asiatica) and has Vacha and other herbs
    Only difference is has Vishnkranthi (Evolvulus Alsinoides) instead of Shankhpusphi (Convolvulos Pluricaulis)
    Please guide me is Vishnukranthi is as effective as Shaknhpushpi not sure why Big brand like Himalaya would miss on ayurevic text (Bhava Prakasha) by replacing it with shankhpushpi if its not effective.

    Also can u guide us what would be best dose he was recommended 5 ml twice a day for 3 months in a year.

    can it be given more than 3 months with breaks as maintenace dose after initial course.

    Shall we use ashpi Syrup or Mentat

    Looking for your guidance on specific varity efficacy question and two broad Medhya rasanyana

    Thank you,

    Nikhil

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  28. Can Brahmi ghritam be taken with hot milk/hot water at night before sleep for healthy people?
    Can they use swarna bhasma (5-10mg) with it as a rasayan for anti ageing/ kayakalp ?

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