Contact Us | FeedbackSitemap
Search by Ailments

Topic of the Month

Memory Enhancement 

Memory is a process of retaining, storing and recalling experiences, and it is closely associated with learning. Though learning, knowledge is acquired, and through memory this knowledge is made available. There are different types of memory, temporary or short term, which is stored for a very short period of time in the brain- a millisecond to a few minutes, and permanent or long term, which is more lasting. Short term memory can become long term through focused attention, associated ideas, and repetition. There are also two categories of memory. Declarative memory is what we use to remember facts and events, such as your phone number, or anniversary. Procedural memory is what comes into play for procedures and abilities, such as riding a bicycle, driving a car, or tying your shoes.

Ayurveda considers both body and mind to be closely inter linked. According to ayurveda no phenomenon is exclusively physical or mental. The body or mind might predominate in one case and might work as a secondary factor in another case. Thus for good memory as also for the treatment of loss of memory, both psychic and physical factors are held to be effective.  

Factors which might cause memory loss :

Exposure to environmental toxins
Alcohol and drug abuse
Vitamin B12 deficiency
Thyroid problems
Hearing loss

Is forgetfullness or memory failure a normal part of aging ?

There are only a few cognitive changes that accompany aging. With aging the speed with which auditory, visual, and sensory information is processed decreases. Over time there is also a reduction in the intention to remember and recall on demand well known names, numbers or places. When no major diseases are present, memory and cognitive function can actually be improved in old age.

Several factors cause aging brains to experience changes in the ability to retain and retrieve memories:

  • The hippocampus is especially vulnerable to age-related deterioration, and that can affect how well you retain information.
  • There’s a relative loss of neurons with age, which can affect the activity of brain chemicals called neurotransmitters and their receptors.
  • An older person often experiences decreased blood flow to the brain and processes nutrients that enhance brain activity less efficiently than a younger person.

These physiological changes can cause glitches in brain functions you’ve always taken for granted. You might have trouble remembering details of a movie you saw recently or directions to a new restaurant. It might take you longer to recall names, faces, and locations, even if you’ve seen them before. You might get flustered if you have to pay attention to more than one thing at a time.

Keep in mind, though, that much of what seems like forgetfulness is more of a slowing in the ability to absorb, store, and retrieve new information, not a loss. You can make and recall new long-term memories; the process just takes a little longer.

And many brain functions are largely unaffected by normal aging, such as:

  • How to do the things you’ve always done and do often
  • The wisdom and knowledge you’ve acquired from life experience
  • Your innate common sense
  • The ability to form reasonable arguments and judgments
  • The ability to learn new skills and make then routine (though it might take longer)
Herbs which is useful :

Shankhpushpi (Convolvulus pluricaulis):

Popularly known to treat sleep disorders - stress and anxiety, Shankapushpi is quoted in Charaka to be the single greatest herb for enhancing all three aspects of mind power -- learning (Dhi), memory (Driti), and recall (Smriti). Thus it is called the greatest Medhya Rasayana (that which enhances the mind). It helps the quality of sleep by improving mind-body coordination.Shankapushpi is very beneficial for the nervous system, enhancing the quality of bone marrow and nerve tissue (Majja Dhatu).

It is also praised as the best herb for beauty, stating that it achieves the goal of beauty, which is auspiciousness in all parts of the body (Subhanga Karanam). It also helps to nourish all layers of the skin (Twachya effect). It enhances all three pillars of Ayurvedic beauty, known as outer beauty, inner beauty, and lasting beauty.
Buy Shankhpushpi Powder - 1 Kg.

Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri): 

Brahmi is reported to have sedative as well as cardiotonic effects due to the presence of hersaponin, one of four saponins isolated fom the plant. , In 50 mg/kg doses, alcoholic extracts produced mild tranquilizing effects on albino rats and dogs. The alcoholic extract of the entire plant displayed anticancer activity against Walker carcinosarcoma 256 in rats. Oral administration of the alcoholic extract in aqueous suspension for three or more days was found to improve the learning curve in rats in various learning situations.

Brahmi has been traditionally used for nervous disorders, epilepsy, senility, premature aging, hair loss, obstinate skin conditions and venereal diseases. It is considered the primary Ayurvedic nerve and cardiac tonic. It pacifies high vata or pitta. Brahmi relieves mental fatigue, brings undisturbed sleep and treats convulsions. Scientific research suggests that Brahmi (Centella asiatica) improves memory, mental functions and reduces learning time. 

Buy Brahmi Powder - 1 Kg.

Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera):

Ashwagandha is highly valued for its restorative action on the functioning of nervous system and counteracting high blood pressure. It corrects loss of memory arising out of long term stress, illness and overwork. Restores vitality in those suffering from overwork and nervous exhaustion. In fact having the ability to nurture the nervous system, counteract anxiety and stress to promote a calm state of mind,  the same Ashvagandha having powerful anti-inflammatory properties, is specific for treating arthritic and rheumatic conditions.

Ashwagandha's diverse applications range from anti-stress and anti-cancer to enhancement of memory and learning. It is used effectively for insomnia but does not act as a sedative. Its rejuvenative and nervine properties provide the kind of energy the body needs to settle and sleep. In this way it helps the body deal with stress, as opposed to masking it with a drug.

Ashwagandha is used instead of ginseng to rejuvenate the nervous system, relieve insomnia, and counteract stress without the drowsy aftereffects of sedatives. It acts as an adaptogen, anti-inflammatory, aphrodesiac, nervine, respiratory stimulant, and gentle tonic. It stimulates deep-tissue cleansing, prevents stress-related gastrointestinal ulcers, increases physical endurance, prevents the depletion of vitamin C, is anti-aging and increases libido and sexual function. It has anti-cancer properties and enhances memory and learning.
Buy Ashwagandha Powder - 1 Kg.

Jyotishmati (Celastrus paniculatus):

It is an well-endowed, woody climbing twiner, and grows almost all over India, especially in the hilly areas. Seeds are also used to increase memory and are used in loss of appetite, fever and rheumatism. Ayurvedic practitioners have used Jyotishmati widely in psychosomatic disorders. It activates functioning of brain and also strengthens the person to endure the stress, may be emotional or physical. It has been reported to show a depressing effect on the central nervous system and a significant reduction in anxiety.

Buy Jyotishmati Powder - 1 Kg.

Tips for Enhancing Your Memory

Regular exercise :

  • It gives more oxygen to your brain.
  • It reduces the risk of disorders that lead to memory loss, such as diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.
  • It protect brain cells.

Healthy diet featuring fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and “healthy” fats:

  • Antioxidants literally keep your brain cells from “rusting.”
  • B vitamins protect neurons and help reduce risk of cardiovascular diseases.
  • Avoiding saturated fats and trans fats helps cholesterol levels and reduces risk of stroke.
    • Sleep is necessary for memory consolidation.
    • Sleep disorders like insomnia and sleep apnea leave you tired and unable to concentrate during the day.

Smoking heightens the risk of vascular disorders that can cause stroke and constrict arteries that deliver oxygen to the brain.

Ayurvedic Supplements :

Memorax Tablets
Buy Now
Shankhapushpi Tablet
Buy Now
Shankhapushpi Syrup
Buy Now
Stress Guard
Buy Now