Adaptogenic properties of six rasayana
herbs used in Ayurveda.
Withania somnifera (WS) Dunal is classified in Ayurveda, the ancient Hindu system of medicine, as a rasayana
, a group of plant-derived drugs reputed to promote physical and mental health, augment resistance of the body against disease and diverse adverse environmental factors, revitalise the body in debilitated conditions and increase longevity.
It is an Ayurvedic herb used in rasayana
formulas for improved brain function.
Studies on the anti-anxiety effect of the Medhya Rasayana
drug, Brahmi (Bacopa monniera Wettst.
, an Indian Ayurvedic drug, employs B.
Scrophulariaceae), finds wide mention in Ayurveda, the ancient medicine of India as a medhya rasayana
, a class of plant drugs used to promote mental health and improve memory and intellect (Udupa and Singh, 1995).
Rege NN, Thatte UM, Dabanukar SA (1999) Adaptogenic properties of six rasayana
herbs used in Ayurvedic medicine (Tinospora cordifolia, Asparagus racemosus, Emblica officinalis, Withania somnifera, Piper longum and Terminalia chebula).
Scrophulariaceae) is commonly mentioned as a rasayana
in Ayurvedic materia medica and is advocated to be useful in clinical mental disorders akin to modern classification of anxiety disorders, including generalized anxiety syndrome, obsessive compulsive disorders, panic attacks, hysteria, epilepsy and insomnia (Udupa and Singh, 1995).
In the Ayurveda, the word rasayana
, is a term used for a therapy that produces sturdiness of the body, the sense organs and the teeth, prevent wrinkles in skin, graying of hair an d promote the immune functions and intellect and render longevity to life (Sharma and Dash, 1998).
Withania somnifera Dunal (WS) (family: Solanaceae), is categorized as a rasayana
in Ayurveda, the classical Indian system of medicine.
Vijay Jain, Shekhar Annambhotla, Pratibha Shah, Vivek Shanbhag, Suhas Kshirsagar, Suresh Swarnapuri, Rammohan Rao, Jayarajan Kodikannath, Jayagopal Parla and Jay Apte, will present topics such as: overview of autoimmune disorders, the importance of panchakarma (detoxification) therapies, Crohn's disease, prakriti (mind-body constitution) identification in autoimmune disorders, rasayana
(rejuvenation) therapies, memory impairment disorders, psoriasis, and more.
From its traditional use in Ayurvedic medicine as a rasayana
drug, Asparagus racemosus (AR) (shatavari) is now used worldwide as a medicinal plant, with reported pharmacological activities including adaptogenic, anti-stress, gastroduodenal ulcer protective, anticancer, immunomodulatory and diabetic-induced anti nephropathic effects.