The German Commison E has approved
ginseng as a tonic for declining capacity for work and concentration. Although the exact mechanisms of activity are not
known, it is likely that ginseng protects a portion of the brain known as the
hippocampus from the effects of stress hormones. (Duke,James,
Ph.D.) Rhodiola is also an adaptogen and it acts in a similar fashion as ginseng. I Modern research suggests rhodiola may support memory and focus as well as relieve depression. 2 A vast body of research supports numerous health benefits of many herbs from the Ayurvedic tradition including ginkgo, bacopa 4, and Gotu kola, particularly for treating
various symptoms and conditions associated with declining cognitive performance
and poor circulation. 3
The Arabs, along with everyone from the Chinese to the Gypsies all believed that sage was the key to a long life. This ordinary herb has such a longstanding and familiar use that it leads us to greatly underestimate it. Sage (Salvia officinalis) or Spanish sage (S. lavandulifolia) are two sage species that have been traditionally used for memory problems. Sage oil and sage extracts enhanced memory in studies with young and elderly normal volunteers, and have been shown to have positive cognitive and behavioral effects in clinical studies of patients with AD. 1 Another common culinary herb, Rosemary improves concentration and memory. Greek students would braid Rosemary into their hair to help them with their exams. Modern science attributes much of rosemary's action on the central nervous system to it's potent antioxidant, rosmarinic acid. 9 The uplifting aroma of a fresh sprig of rosemary in the summer air will confirm both the science and history with your own senses.
The informative studies in a lab setting are confirmation of the long history
of using herbs in traditional healing to support mental clarity. While many of
these herbal treatments may seem new if may be more accurate to view them as things
we have forgotten, and are now organically rising in our conscious thoughts again.
ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) is a group of symptoms that can also cause mood swings, impulsiveness, behavioral and other social problems in both children and adults. Herbs can help with some of the associated symptoms.
For example, valerian and chamomile teas can help youngsters with sleeping problems. Ulifting herbs like lemon balm and St. Johns Wort can help relieve depression. For children under 12, use half the adult dosage. Glycerite extracts are easy to give and well tolerated in children.