Haritaki is a Nootropic that increases memory function.
In research tests haritaki has been shown to be a nootropic that increases memory and brain function. Nootropic function refers to the ability of a compound to increase the function of the brain. Researchers in India tested haritaki extracts on rats to see if there was a change in the brain function of the rats. The researchers used standard methodologies in their work. They obtained the haritaki from local markets in India and had it verified as from the tree Terminalia chebula by University botanists. They then used standard scientific procedures using a control group to assess if there were changes in the learning ability and the short and long term memory of the rats when they ingested the haritaki.
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In the traditional medicinal practices, several formulations containing Terminalia chebula are used for cognitive improvement. Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is the most common type of dementia disorder of elderly affecting millions of people. The pathophysiology of the disease is complex and involves multiple pathways of neuronal damage. In the present study Nootropic acitivity of Ethanolic Extract Of Terminalia chebula was studied in mice. In order to evaluate the beneficial effect of Terminalia chebula on learning and memory, an experimental study was conducted in normal male mice. In this study we used a Shuttle Box device to evaluate the active avoidance learning and memory in mice. Different doses of ethanolic extract of Terminalia chebula (100, 200 and 400 mg/kg) were administered to animals in the test groups. The learning ability and memory recalls were assessed and compared statistically with those of control animals. Our data showed that during the learning procedure the mean numbers of free shock trials in the test groups were increased compared with the control group but the difference was significant only in the case of the 100 mg/kg Terminalia chebula extract. In the short- and long-term memory assessments the animals in the test groups received less shocks than the control group and the differences were significant in the case of the 100 and 200 mg/kg Terminalia chebula extract. Our findings indicate that acute administrations of ethanolic extracts of Terminalia chebula enhance the learning and memory recall ability in mice in an inverse dose-dependent manner.
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Terminalia chebula is a miracle herb of the nature and has many therapeutic properties from head to toe. Terminalia chebula Retz. (Fam. Combretaceae)1 , is called the “king of medicines” in Tibet and is always listed first in the Ayurvedic meteria medica because of its extraordinary powers of healing. In Ayurveda it is considered to destroy all diseases and eliminate all waste from the body. At the same time, it is known to promote tissue growth and health. But no systematic updated information on the therapeutic effectiveness of Terminalia chebula, a popular herbal remedy in India and South-East Asia a wide list of synonyms or meanings like, cures all diseases, eliminates fear of death, suitable for all age groups, keeps body strong, and helps stop aging process. All the synonyms denote the importance ofTerminalia chebula. Ancient wisdom described Chebulic in various health disorders and was administered in different forms as it has a unique property of modifying therapeutic action based on the root cause of a problem. Charaka an eminent ancient physician mentioned that Haritaki is good for all body tissues as it cleanses the impurities of body tissues and it is supposed to be as good as mother’s milk. In 14th century, another eminent scholar described seven varieties of Terminalia chebula in his book called BhavaPrakasa. It has been said in ancient books that even the smell of Chebulic will have a laxative effect and helps with constipation relief via cleansing the body and in the process it helps with weight loss. Therapeutic effects of Terminalia chebula are as antibacterial laxative for constipation.
Wikipedia has this to say about Acetylcholinesterase inhibitors
- Occur naturally as venoms and poisons
- Are used as weapons in the form of nerve agents
- Are used as insecticides
- Are used medicinally:
- To treat myasthenia gravis. In myasthenia gravis, they are used to increase neuromuscular transmission.
- To treat glaucoma
- To treat postural tachycardia syndrome
- As an antidote to anticholinergic poisoning
- To reverse the effect of non-depolarising muscle relaxants
- To treat neuropsychiatric symptoms of diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease, particularly apathy
- To increase chances of lucid dreaming (by prolonging REM sleep)
- To treat Alzheimer’s disease, Lewy Body Dementia and Parkinson’s disease. In these neurodegenerative conditions AChEIs are primarily used to treat the cognitive (memory and learning deficits mostly) symptoms of dementia. These symptoms are attenuated due to the role of acetylcholine in cognition in the CNS. There is some evidence to suggest that AChEIs may attenuate psychotic symptoms (especially visual hallucinations) in Parkinson’s disease.
- To treat cognitive impairments in patients with schizophrenia. There is some evidence to suggest efficacy in treating positive, negative and affective symptoms.
- As a treatment for autism and to increase the percentage of Rapid eye movement sleep in autistic children, in line with the mechanism by which they encourage lucid dreaming.
This is a huge list of illnesses that could be helped by taking daily haritaki plus. I am fascinated by this research and to find out what can be done to help those who suffer from these illnesses by using haritaki.