Plants have been used as treatments for thousands of years, based on experience and folk remedies and continue to draw wide attention for their role in the treatment of mild and chronic diseases. In these eras, 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. In various medicinal plants Centella asiatica is one of the most useful plants seen in Ayurveda medicines. Centella asiatica (commonly known as Brahmi in India) is an imperative medicinal drug which possesses significant medicinal properties, especially those involving cognition. It has been extensively known as a brain tonic that promotes cerebrum development. This herb is recommended for the treatment of various skin conditions such as leprosy, lupus, varicose ulcers, eczema, psoriasis, diarrhea, fever, amenorrhea, diseases of the female genitourinary tract and also for relieving anxiety and improving cognition. The present paper reviews Brahmi (Centella asiatica) as a medicinal plant and highlights its benefits in various health problems.
Arun Mukherjee, Vipla Gombar, Yasmeen Shamsi, Meena Gupta and Sumit Sinha