This plant has a number of uses in Ayurveda. It is a traditional treatment for epilepsy and asthma. Laboratory studies on rats indicate that extracts of the plant improve memory capacity and motor learning ability. Studies in humans show that an extract of the plant has antianxiety effects. It is listed as a nootropic, a drug that enhances cognitive ability. In India, this plant has also been used traditionally to consecrate newborn babies in the belief that it will open the gateway of intelligence. Recent studies suggest bacopa may improve intellectual activity. It has antioxidant properties, reducing oxidation of fats in the bloodstream
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