Sharpen Your Memory with This Herb


Celastrus paniculatus commonly known as “Malkanguni” is a treasured medicinal herb that is revered for its effects on the brain and has been used for centuries in Ayurvedic Medicine for sharpening the memory, increasing intellect, and improving concentration. It has great potential as a study aid for students and is also perhaps the most effective memory enhancer available for all ages. In recent pre-clinical trials with rats and mice, those treated with injections of Celastrus oil were able to not only learn skills involving memory retention in far less time; they also retained this information for longer periods of time.

Scientific Evidence

Celastrus paniculatus has reportedly shown good results in treating mental depression and in hastening the process of learning and memory in experimental animals. It also gave excellent results in treating panic attacks without any side effects.

In one experimental study, the effect of Celastrus oil on learning and memory in a two-compartment passive avoidance task in rats was studied. The effects on the contents of norephinephrine (NE), dopamine (DA) and serotonin (5-HT) in the brain and on the levels of their metabolites both in the brain and urine were also assessed.

Significant improvement was observed in the retention ability of the medicine-treated rats compared with the saline administered controls. The contents of NE, DA and 5-HT and their metabolites in the brain were significantly decreased in the medicine treated group. These studies clearly indicate that Celastrus oil causes an overall decrease in the turnover of key chemicals that directly support learning and memory.

Celastrus has documented use in the following applications:

• as a powerful brain tonic to stimulate intellect and to improve the I.Q of mentally retarded children.

• as a medicine to increase cognitive recognition.

• oil extracted from seeds acts as an anti-inflammatory agent and as a neuroprotective agent. 

• powderd root is useful for the treatment of cancerous tumors. 

• paste of tuberous is applied on the affected part in the treatment of snake bite. 

• whole plant is used as diuretic,neuralagia and splenopathy.

 How to use it?

The seeds of Celastrus paniculatus are boiled and taken for purification of body and mind through the cleansing of blood. The seeds are slightly bitter, and hence are best taken with a natural sweetener like Licorice root (which enhances the effects) or Stevia leaves. To use whole seeds effectively, simply chew 10-12 of them at a time, or steep 1 tsp of seeds in 4 cups of boiling hot water for 3 hours. Then, sweeten to taste, and drink throughout the day to enhance mental capabilities and cognitive function. 

Dr. Mohsen Younus hails from Garoora, Bandipore, Kashmir.

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