Brahmi (Centella Asiatica)

 
 
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Habitat:

Centella Asiatica grows in tropical swampy areas of India.

Description:

The stems are slender, creeping stolons, green to reddish-green in color, connecting plants to each other. It has long-stalked, green, rounded apices which have smooth texture with palmately netted veins. The leaves are borne on pericladial petioles, around 2 cm (0.79 in). The rootstock consists of rhizomes, growing vertically down. They are creamish in color and covered with root hairs.

The flowers are white or pinkish to red in color, born in small, rounded bunches (umbels) near the surface of the soil. The hermaphrodite flowers are minute in size, less than 3 mm (0.12 in), with five to six corolla lobes per flower. Each flower bears five stamens and two styles. 

Medicinal Uses:

It is used extensively as Rasayana – anti aging, rejuvenative. It improves strength, skin quality, voice strength , digestive power ,improves intelligence. It is useful in bleeding disorders like menorrhagia, nasal bleeding, bleeding per rectum etc.