Brahmi can fight stress and anxiety as it slows down the heart rate. But people who have a slow heart rate (bradycardia), UTI, asthma, thyroid issues and intestinal blockage must avoid it. Also not recommended for pregnant and breast feeding mothers. Side effects include increased bowel movement, stomach cramps, nausea, dryness of mouth, fatigue.
In spite of its long list of health benefits, needless to say that too much consumption of Brahmi can lead to numerous side-effects. Common side effects include increased bowel movements, stomach cramps, nausea, dry mouth, and fatigue.
• Pregnancy and breastfeeding: Although there is not enough reliable information about the safety of taking Brahmi if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, one should stay on the safe side and consult a doctor. Even safer is to avoid it all together.
• Slow heart rate (bradycardia): Brahmi has a tendency to slow down the heart rate. This helps in fighting stress and anxiety. But this could be a problem in people who already have a slow heart rate.
• Intestinal blockage: This herb may cause congestion in the intestines which can cause problems in people who have a blockage in their intestines.
• Ulcers: Brahmi may increase secretions in the stomach and intestines, which in turn may worsen ulcers.
• Lung problems: People having lung conditions such as asthma or emphysema should consult a doctor before partaking Brahmi. This is because Brahmi may increase fluid secretions in the lung which may worsen the aforesaid conditions.
• Thyroid disorders: Likewise, Brahmi should be cautiously used or avoided altogether if you have a thyroid condition or you are under thyroid hormone medications. This is due to the fact that consumption of Brahmi may increase levels of thyroid hormone.
• Urinary tract problems: Brahmi might increase secretions in the urinary tract. There is concern that this could worsen urinary obstruction.