A group of medicinal herbs that are beneficial in improving brain abilities is described as Medhya Rasayana in Ayurveda. It has several benefits, of which the most important is to improve memory and intellect. If taken regularly, Medhya Rasayana will also boost health, immunity and delay the process of ageing.
The term Medhya Rasayana came from two Ayurvedic words—Medhya, which means intellect or cognitive power and Rasayana, which means curative or rejuvenating. Sage Charaka had mentioned in his Ayurvedic scriptures that Medhya Rasayana is a group of four main medicinal herbs that have effective curative properties. Besides these four powerful herbs, Medhya Rasayana also consists of other herbs which include Brahmi, Jyotishmati, Kushmanda, Chitrak, Jatamansi, and Vacha.
Benefits of Medhya Rasayana for mid-age people
While ageing is a natural process, Ayurveda describes ageing as physiological and believes that with certain remedies it can be delayed. One such remedy is Medhya Rasayana, which is specific to brain tissue. It supplies micronutrients which are well needed by mid-age people. Medhya Rasayana delays brain aging and helps in the regeneration of neural tissue. It also produces anti-stress, adaptogenic and memory-enhancing effects.
With the kind of lifestyles we lead, by mid-age, we suffer from mental health and nervous system issues. Medhya Rasayana is an ideal solution for these problems plus it is helpful in anxiety, depression, stress, and mood swings.
Studies conducted on Medhya Rasayana have shown promising results in ensuring healthy brain ageing and its role in promoting mental wellbeing in mid-age people. People in their mid-age lose virility, strength, and cognitive power. Ayurveda stresses the use of Medhya Rasayana to delay this physiological process in middle age. It is a neuro tonic that is specific to the brain and nervous system and promotes the cognitive function of the brain.
Recall: From our mid-age, we start forgetting things. People from mid-age suffer from issues of recollecting and retrieving information from the brain. Medhya Rasayana herbs play an important role in improving the processing, storing and information retrieving abilities of the brain.
Retention: Through our memories, we can hold on to our past experiences and recall them when required. Medhya Rasayana herbs improve the brain’s retention capacity and aid us in remembering the past.
Acquisition: Our brain can take in more and more knowledge and learn new things every day. Medhya Rasayana enhances this property of our learning capabilities.
Benefits of 4 Medhya Rasayanas
Guduchi (Giloy): These are leaves from the Tinospora cordifolia plant that have potent antioxidant and rejuvenating properties. This herb is a natural anti-depressant, and improves verbal and logical abilities, and relieves us from stress and anxiety. These heart-shaped leaves are loaded with essential nutrients and minerals including zinc and copper. Hence, this herb has been proved to be beneficial in treating neural disorders. This herb also enhances mental and emotional wellbeing.
Shankhapushpi: The botanical name of this herb is Convolvulus pluricaulis. It improves the intellectual power of a person. Shankhpushpi is a brain-boosting herbal remedy that helps our memory. The herb also contains powerful antioxidants and flavonoids, and therefore, improves memory capacity, concentration, creativity, alertness and calmness in particularly in mid-age people. It also cures anxiety issues, tension headaches, insomnia, and digestive problems like ulcers or dysentery.
Madhukaparni (Gotu kola): A powerhouse of flavonoids, antioxidants, and vitamin C, this herb an excellent brain food. The herb calms the mind and relieves one from anxiety, stress, depression and tension. When taken regularly, this herb promotes brain health in mid-age people and decelerates down the process of memory impairment in them.
Yashtimadhu (Licorice): This herb is also called mulethi, which is the root of the Glycyrrhiza glabra plant. It has antioxidant properties and is an excellent brain tonic. It also relieves one from stress and enhances memory power. It also cures Pitta aggravating disorders. Its anti-diabetic and anti-oxidant properties also help in the treatment of the metabolic syndrome. The herb also supports liver health and is an antiseptic that helps to soothe the stomach. When taken in a small amount, this herb decreases sugar cravings.
There are no side effects of these Medhya Rasayana. With proper guidance and consultation with your Ayurvedic doctor, you can enjoy your mid-age with the wellness of Medhya Rasayana