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Nutrients 2013, 5(2), 478-497; doi:10.3390/nu5020478
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Brain Enhancing Ingredients from Āyurvedic Medicine: Quintessential Example of Bacopa monniera, a Narrative Review

Received: 27 September 2012; in revised form: 30 October 2012 / Accepted: 6 December 2012 / Published: 6 February 2013
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Abstract: Āyurveda, the science (ved) of life (ayu), owing its origin to Veda, the oldest recorded wisdom of human civilization written in 3500 BCE, contains extensive knowledge of various diseases and their therapeutic approaches. It essentially relied on nature and the immune system of an individual, and therapeutic interventions were introduced only to augment the immune system. Āyurveda had eight specialties, including psycho-neuroscience (a combination of psychology, clinical psychology and psychiatry) and a unique promotive therapy encompassing nutrition, rejuvenation and geriatrics. The symptoms of various brain disorders, including memory disorder, were well defined. The goal of Āyurveda was to help an individual to achieve his cherished goal of leading a healthy life of 100 years. To achieve this, great emphasis was laid on nutrition, diet and a good conduct by the two great exponents of Āyurveda viz. Carak and Suśruta. By following these regimens, an individual could lead a less stressful life free from emotional disturbances. Both Carak and Suśruta had believed that these in combination with rasayana (rejuvenating) plants could enable an individual to lead a healthy life of 100 years.
Keywords: Āyurveda; nutrition; geriatrics; rejuvenation; Bacopa monniera; memory; Rasāyana Āyurveda; nutrition; geriatrics; rejuvenation; Bacopa monniera; memory; Rasāyana
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Singh, H.K. Brain Enhancing Ingredients from Āyurvedic Medicine: Quintessential Example of Bacopa monniera, a Narrative Review. Nutrients 2013, 5, 478-497.

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Singh HK. Brain Enhancing Ingredients from Āyurvedic Medicine: Quintessential Example of Bacopa monniera, a Narrative Review. Nutrients. 2013; 5(2):478-497.

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Singh, Hemant K. 2013. "Brain Enhancing Ingredients from Āyurvedic Medicine: Quintessential Example of Bacopa monniera, a Narrative Review." Nutrients 5, no. 2: 478-497.


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