In this age of day-by-day increasing mental stress, strain and cut-throat competition, we are finding it more and more difficult to cope with the pressures of day to day life. Ayurveda claims at not only increasing the powers of the brain but also at keeping the mental diseases away, along with helping to cure them desirably.
It is believed that a number of the diseases have their root in the brain of an individual. That is one of the reasons why the number of psychological and neurological cases is on the increase.
Ayurveda Dosha Healing and Mental Balance
According to Ayurveda text, the balance of the three body humors viz. air, fire and phlegm or the Vata, Pitta and Kapha doshas when gets disturbed, tends to manifest itself both in somatic as well as psychic spheres.
Vitiation of the Vata dosha destroys mental sense and gives rise to grief and infatuation.
When the Pitta dosha or the fire humor of the body gets aggravated beyond its normal limits, may lead to mental states of fear, lust and grief.
Similarly, imbalance in Kapha causes lethargy and in-discrimination.
These dosha imbalances disturb both the body as well as the mind. Although the predominant factor in case of mental disturbances is believed to be an increase and imbalance in the two mental states of the brain viz. Rajas and Tamas. These two states are ascribed to Iccha (Desire) and Dwesha (Repulsion). It is believed that when these states of mind tend to cross the limits set by social norms and values; they tend to excite the basic humors of the body resulting into degeneration of the brain powers and birth of mental diseases.
Ayurveda Herbs as Brain Tonics
There is a herb named as Shankhpushpi (Convolvulus pluricaulis) which is one of the nature’s precise answers to the brain weakness. It has been used since ages in Ayurveda therapy to sharpen intellect and increase the mental powers, as it has a cooling, calming and subsiding action on the brain. Shankhpushpi is believed to be a Medhya Rasyana (Brain tonic) in Ayurveda and it is a rejuvenator par excellence. One teaspoonful of the powder of this herb is to be taken twice daily along with a cup of milk. It could prove beneficial in maladies like insomnia, anxiety, everyday stress, and loss of memory, anorexia nervosa and lethargy.
Brahmi (Centella asiatica) is another useful brain tonic. It can be taken in powder or paste form along with milk. You could also extract juice by pounding the fresh herb and take it once or twice in a dose of 20-ml approx. Though useful for all ages, it is a boon for students as it increases the intellect and helps undo stress and strain. Powder of this herb taken along with powdered herbs of Shatavari (Asparagus) and Ashwagandha (Winter Cherry) aids in reducing the aggravated Pitta or fire in the system and thus gives a calming effect to the brain. It is also a good cure for bilious headaches.
Roots of the herb of Jatamansi (Nordostachys jatamansi) helps to tone up the brain and stabilizes mental abilities. It is another excellent restorative as it helps to subside all the three body humors. It thus has a specific action on the nervous system and aids in curing a number of mental diseases like hysteria, depression, insomnia, epilepsy and loss of memory. It has also shown results in hypertension.
Another herb by the name of Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus) is a body and brain rejuvenator and good for intellect. All the more, it helps undo the everyday strain and induces sound sleep. This can be taken in powder form in a dose of 3 to 5 grams along with milk or mixed into equal amount of honey. Also, some medicinal preparations of the herb are available like Shatavari Gritha, which can be taken a teaspoonful at bedtime along with warm milk. Regular use of the same for sometime helps fight mental stress, exhaustion and fatigue. It aids in increasing the eyesight and mental faculties as well.
Ayurveda Recommends Lifestyle Modifications
The daily diet intake should be regularized in means of proper timing as well as nutritional balance. Try avoiding oily, heavy and spicy meals in your routine. Fresh juices, fibrous foods, raw green vegetables and garden herbs provide with ample supply of anti oxidants and resistance boosters. A good amount of water intake is also a must.
A sound mind dwells in a sound body. It is therefore essential to keep the body fit and healthy in order to develop better intellect. A regular exercise schedule or walks in fresh air especially in the early sunrise could do wonders.
Sound sleep for eight hours is your daily rest requirement for the proper functioning and recharging of your brain powers.
Make a daily work list and try to handle problems one by one, as it would be rather difficult to cope up with the accumulation.
It is equally important to stay involved and seek for counseling whenever required.
Massage of the scalp and soles of the feet with sesame seed oil is also suggested.
Cow’s ghee is quite beneficial for the brain. It should be included in daily diet and can also be inhaled through the nostrils.
Excellent to read the contents and looking for need of these products for our use and bulk marketing in Bihar
An excellent article. I wish to read more and more such articles.
The Vital Brain tonic of BRAHMI/SARASWATHI is not mentioned in this. This herb has nomenclature viz: (1) English : Indian Pennywart (2) Sanskrit: MANDOOKA PARNI/BRAHMI(3)Telugu: SARASWATHI, VALLARI (4)Hindi: BRAHMI, BRAHMA MANDOOKI (5) Bengali: ADHI PARNI, BRAHMI SAKA (6) Gujarati: KHANDHA BRAHMI, BRAHMI (7) Tamil: VALLARI KEERAI, VEMI VALLARI (8) Marathi: BRAHMI (9)Kannada: BRAHMI
This herb has the shape of brain by its leaf. It has all the names of vidya devatha Maatha Saraswathi.
I feel the picture of SHATAVARI is of not Asparagus racemosus but of Asparagus maidenhair (Ithink)
Anyway it is good to have such article here on ayurveda
Which is the right ; ready made combination available in market to enhance-brain power
I aged 83 live in Dehradun. Kindly advise your related agency through which I may be able to personally communicate use/procure and put in practise your guidelines. Thank you sir for the useful article . shivcharan.
TQ U VERY MUCH IT IS GOOD THING TO STUDENTS ,AS WELL AS AGED PERSONSIS THESE MEDICINES ARE AVIALABLE IN ALL MEDI SHOPS
Would like to know from whereto get these these herbal medicines . Thank you
As a yoga n spiritual follower I frequently take Arjuna for heart n Brahmin for brain n gugulu for pain in my fingers.So would you kind to let me know if I can shankhpushpi, shatavari with aswaganda together . Hope to hear from u positively n your advice. Thanking u in anticipation.SJ.
Thank u for the article which will be help to many. In this connection can u please recommend medicines for children suffering from Autism.
These herbal medicines are really good , if they are perfectly prepared ,taken with proper guide,and diet. These medicines take lot of time to show its positive results. As I have seen , the patients loose interest , and show slackness while taking the correct dosage or time as it has to be taken. This results into not showing any expected improvements.or cure.
Current generation invites medicines which have ability to give a QUICK RELEIF , as they will have several responsibilties to be discharged as fast as possible . The patient who are retired may take lot of care to follow. But , unfortunately , most of them would have lost the ability to get good response to these medicines.
If there is a treatment that needs to apply oil and sit for an hour and then take a bath with, soap nut powder , it’s a distant dream.
I have memory problem.. this is really very useful message for me.. but i would like to know is there any side effect if take over dose.. thank you
This 4 Ayurvedic herbs – related article is very informative. I do not know value of the Shankhpushpi i grown in my garden. Which part of the plant I can use? Kindly give your valuable suggestion.
botonical names are irrespective. users should come to know the name of the relavent plant or tree or herb with indian langualges. hindi gujarati marathi tamil telugu kannad oriya punjabi etc. this may cause more length of perergraph but all readers across india will try to search and prteserve the related plant or herb or flower
Can I mix all the above powders in the equal proportion and can safely take together with my other alopathic these without any side effects.
Also please let me know if
a) Shankhpushpa, Shankawali and Shankh Bati are the same.
b) Jatamansi is the same as Mulhati or Jethi maad
c) can we also add Ashvagandha and Gokhroo in this mixture.
d) where can we buy all the above hurbs
thanks in advance
The photograph shown for Brahmi is not of Centella asiatica, as stated in the article. It is of Becopa monnieri, which is also called Brahmi. There is some confusion in this regard as I understand from my recent search of material on the web.
The plant PRASAD refers to as Pennywart/ Mandukaparni/ Saraswati Aku/Vallari is in fact Centella asiatica, mentioned in the article which has wide and thin brain shaped leaves on long petioles, completely unlike the succulent leaves of Becopa.
Such articles are of much use nevertheless. Thanks.
My daughter suffering from mental retardation/downs can any body suggest any medicines with all three products or any thing for her improvement.
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Sir, The article on memory is more informative and I would like to know where I can get these medicines. Thanks
C. R. Seshadri.
All these medicines/herbs are available at the Chickitsalayas/Arogya kendras of Patanjali yopeeth ( Baba Ramdev’s). They are also available from the Jiva Ayurved products. The Art of Living (Sri Sri Ravishankar’s) products are also available. Other Ayurvedic product producers also have these products.
It is also a fallacy to think that Ayurveda takes a long time to heal. It depends on the disease it’s diagnosis, the efficacy of the Docter, and the quality of medicines(herbs) available.
Thank you for this important information, please let me know, which part of Sankhpushpi to be used?