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AYURVEDA & HERBS FOR THE MIND

Calamus

Calamus works to clear toxins of both majjavaha (nerve channels) srotas and manovaha (mental channels) srotas. This results in better circulation and oxygen to the deep tissue areas of the brain and central nervous system. It is a brain tonic that promotes better concentration, clarity, self-awareness, memory, and intelligence. It improves cognitive skills and reaction time by synchronizing the two cortexes of the brain. The Sanskrit meaning of the word Vacha is to increase the power of speech. It improves speech so that one can express internal thoughts more clearly. It reduces mental stagnation by stimulating the channel faculties of the brain. It allows better communication to thoughts and feelings. It helps to expand self-awareness in relationship to others. Calamus steadies the mind of disturbances to stress, headache, dizziness, lethargy, fear, seizures, shock, convulsion, mania, and mental congestion. It pacifies the negative tendencies of sadness, grief, irritation, mental stress, anxiety, hysteria, and depression.

Brahmi

Brahami leaves resemble the sulci and gyri, which make up the outer layer appearance of the brain. It is used as a brain and nerve tonic. It strengthens, regenerates, and rejuvenates brain cells. As a strong nervine tonic, it calms down the restless mind and nervous system. It has a good effect on the cortex areas of brain. It helps to improve cerebral circulation and thus improve cerebral function. This can result in enhance learning, thinking, concentration and mental clarity, and mental alertness, and it improves memory too It works on and supports both tarpaka (white matter) for memory and sadhaka (gray matter) for discrimination and intelligence. It works on the neurotransmitter gamma-aminobutyric acid (or gaba) to slow down the excitatory response in the brain. It is an excellent rasayana herb to support the nervous system. It strengthens the structure and function of the individual nerve impulse mechanism. Studies have shown the ingredient bacosides improves nerve impulse and communication between the cells. This has shown a significant improvement to short- and long-term memory performances. It has been shown to reduce anxiety, panic attacks, depression, stress, irritability, insomnia, stress, mental fatigue, and much more.

Jatamunsi

Jatamunsi is a mental herb whose specific action is to calm and relax brain activity. It promotes good mental health. The rejuvenative properties of jatamunsi are helpful in the management of anxiety, depression, hysteria, schizophrenia, epilepsy, agitation, and mental exhaustion. It pacifies high-stress vatagenic disorders, nervous headaches, fear, tremors, and convulsions. It has been shown to relieve heart palpitations and angina.

Guduchi

Guduchi is a sattvic (purifying) herb that promotes calmness and alertness to the cellular function of the brain, as well as better cerebral circuit to open pathways to enhance clarity. It is a powerful rasayana (rejuvenator) that strengthens and broadens the capacity of the mind. It opens the emotional heart. It promotes clarity in thinking and expression. The herb binds and removes amavisha (internal toxins from body and mind). It relieves high heat (pitta) in the body and mind. It is useful in purifying and detoxifying impurities in the blood whose acidic contents can cause headaches, migraines, and mental fatigue. People who consume alcohol benefit from guduchi treatment because of its beneficial effect in regenerating liver tissue.

Shankapushpi

Shankapushpi is for mental clarity and concentration. Its relaxing effect pacifies anxiety, fear, depression, phobias, memory loss, sluggish thinking, mental fatigue, emotional exhaustion, stress, manic phase, post-traumatic disorders, and insomnia (bedtime). It has shown good results in treating ADHA in formula of brahmi, jatamansi, vacha and licorice. It can clear the mind and improve concentration. It is a rejuvenating herb for mind and nerve tissue.
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