Chronic Effects of Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri) on Human Memory

Chronic Effects of Brahmi
(Bacopa monnieri) on Human Memory

This section is compiled by Frank M. Painter, D.C.
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FROM:   Neuropsychopharmacology 2002 (Aug);   27 (2):   279281

Roodenrys S, Booth D, Bulzomi S, Phipps A,
Micallef C, Smoker J

Department of Psychology,
University of Wollongong,
Woolongong, Australia.

A study is reported on the effects of Brahmi (Bacopa monniera) on human memory. Seventy-six adults aged between 40 and 65 years took part in a double-blind randomized, placebo control study in which various memory functions were tested and levels of anxiety measured. There were three testing sessions: one prior to the trial, one after three months on the trial, and one six weeks after the completion of the trial. The results show a significant effect of the Brahmi on a test for the retention of new information. Follow-up tests showed that the rate of learning was unaffected, suggesting that Brahmi decreases the rate of forgetting of newly acquired information. Tasks assessing attention, verbal and visual short-term memory and the retrieval of pre-experimental knowledge were unaffected. Questionnaire measures of everyday memory function and anxiety levels were also unaffected.

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