1. Cenella Asiatica
●Gotu kola (Centella asiatica) is an herb in the parsley family. It has a long history of use in the traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine systems.
●Gotu kola contains certain chemicals that seem to decrease swelling and blood pressure. It also seems to increase collagen production, which might be helpful for wound healing.
●People use gotu kola for burns and poor circulation that can lead to varicose veins. It is also used for scars, stretch marks, and many other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support most of these uses.
2. Convolvulus pluricaulis
Convolvulus pluricaulis is one of four herbs with the common name of Shankhapushpi that has traditionally been used as a cognitive enhancing herb and nootropic. Although there is not a large amount of evidence in support of convolvulus, it appears to be able to promote learning in otherwise healthy rats and mice with a potency similar to the reference drug Piracetam and the other Shankhapushpi herb known as Evolvulus alsinoides. The mechanisms underlying the enhancement of learning are not currently known.
Other neural effects of convolvulus include sedative properties (seem to be relevant at doses higher than used for learning enhancement), anxiolytic and anti-depressive properties, and possible neuroprotective properties; currently there is insufficient evidence to examine how relevant convolvulus is for these goals and the limited evidence is somewhat contradictory (depression) or otherwise does not suggest remarkable potency.
Nardostachys Jatamansi, also known as tapaswani in Ayurveda, is a perennial, dwarf, hairy, herbaceous and endangered plant species. It acts as a brain tonic and helps to improve memory and brain functions by preventing cell damage due to its antioxidant property. It also calms down the brain and manages anxiety as well as insomnia.
According to Ayurveda, Jatamansi helps in preventing wrinkles due to its Snigdha (oily) nature. It also promotes wound healing due to its Ropan (healing) property. Taking Jatamansi powder along with honey once or twice a day helps to improve memory functions. You can also take Jatamansi tablets or capsules which are also readily available in the market.
Applying Jatamansi oil on the skin helps manage skin infections and prevents aging due to its antifungal and antioxidant activities. Jatamansi is also good for hair growth as it helps to increase the follicular size and elongate the growth phase of hair. Applying Jatamansi oil helps to promote hair growth. Jatamansi root paste can also be applied on hair to improve hair strength and growth.
4. Withania Somnifera:
● Ashwagandha is an evergreen shrub that grows in Asia and Africa. It is commonly used for stress. There is little evidence for its use as an adaptogen.
●Ashwagandha contains chemicals that might help calm the brain, reduce swelling, lower blood pressure, and alter the immune system.
●Since ashwagandha is traditionally used as an adaptogen, it is used for many conditions related to stress. Adaptogens are believed to help the body resist physical and mental stress. Some of the conditions it is used for include insomnia, aging, anxiety and many others, but there is no good scientific evidence to support most of these uses. There is also no good evidence to support using ashwagandha for COVID-19.
●Dont confuse ashwagandha with Physalis alkekengi. Both are known as winter cherry. Also, dont confuse ashwagandha with American ginseng, Panax ginseng, or eleuthero.
5. Asparagus Rocemosus
●Asparagus racemosus is a plant used in traditional Indian medicine (Ayurveda). The root is used to make medicine.
●Dont confuse asparagus racemosus with Asparagus officinalis, which is the type of asparagus that is commonly eaten as a vegetable.
●People use asparagus racemosus for upset stomach (dyspepsia), constipation, stomach spasms, and stomach ulcers. It is also used for fluid retention, pain, anxiety, cancer, diarrhea, bronchitis, tuberculosis, dementia, and diabetes.
●Some people use it to ease alcohol withdrawal.
●Women use asparagus racemosus for premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and uterine bleeding; and to start breast milk production.
6. Lavandula Stoechas
●Lavender is an herb. The flower and the oil of lavender are used to make medicine.
●Lavender is commonly used for anxiety, stress, and insomnia. It is also used for depression, dementia, pain after surgery, and many other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support many of these uses.
●In foods and beverages, lavender is used as a flavor component.
●In manufacturing, lavender is used in pharmaceutical products and as a fragrance ingredient in soaps, cosmetics, perfumes, potpourri, and decorations.
●Lavender (scientific name Lavandula angustifolia) is commonly contaminated with related species, including Lavandula hybrida, which is a cross between Lavandula angustifolia and Lavandula latifolia, from which lavandin oil is obtained
●Ayurveda has used Shallaki extensively in the treatment of painful joint diseases and other inflammatory conditions. Its anti inflammatory activity has been studied in different dimensions. These studies observed Shallaki to be a potent anti-inflammatory agent working through varied mechanisms of action. Its resin has been identified to exert multidimensional anti-inflammatory effects. Through a battery of evidence Shallaki preparation are recommended to ensure free mobility of joints.
7. Tinospora Cardifolia
●Tinospora cordifolia is a shrub that is native to India. Its root, stems, and leaves are used in Ayurvedic medicine.
●Tinospora cordifolia is used for hay fever, athletic performance, diabetes, high cholesterol, upset stomach, gout, an itchy skin infection caused by mites (scabies), and many other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.
●Most research has been done in test tubes or in animals. There isnt enough information to know the effects of Tinospora cordifolia in the human body.
●Tinospora Cordifolia and it is also known as Amrita in Sanskrit, which literally translates to nectar of life.