Exploring the Medicinal Value of Green Wealth with Special Reference to Neuronutrient Medhya Rasayana Plant Drugs

  • Ram H. Singh
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Abstract

Plants have been the essential source of food and medicine in all cultures and traditions since antiquity. Ayurveda, the ancient science of life and health care, developed the plant medicine and green pharmacy to its zenith and provided it a scientific and conceptual foundation. Ashtanga Ayurveda prominently included Rasayana Tantra among its eight specialty branches. Ayurvedic Rasayana Tantra is a unique science of micro-medicinal nutrients which rejuvenate, regenerate, and promote the quality of body tissues. A special class of Rasayanas called Medhya Rasayana are claimed to be neuronutrients. Some of such neuronutrient plants are Brahmi, Mandukaparni, Ashwagandha, Vacha, Jatamansi, and Jyotishmati. This article has discussed the ancient concepts, principles, and practices of Rasayana Tantra and has reviewed the recent advances in this important field of Indian traditional medicine.

Keywords

Ayurveda Green pharmacy Neuronutrients Rasayana Medhya Rasayana Brahmi (Bacopa monnieriMandukaparni (Centella asiaticaAshwagandha (Withania somnifera

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ram H. Singh
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  1. 1.Faculty of Ayurveda, Institute of Medical SciencesBanaras Hindu UniversityVaranasiIndia

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