ROLE OF MEDHYA RASAYANA (NOOTROPIC HERBS) IN PRESENT SCENARIO: AN AYURVEDIC OVERVIEW
Rasayanatantra is a branch of Ayurveda which describes the measures of attaining long life, maintenance of youthfulness, increasing immunity and providing excellent nutrition to all the body tissues. Rasayana on regular practice boosts nourishment, health, memory, immunity and longevity. Rasayana can be classified as Dravyabhuta and Adravyabhuta Rasayana. Adravyabhuta Rasayana includes Aachara Rasayana and Dravyabhuta Rasayana are classified as Kamya Rasayana, Naimittika Rasayana and Ajasrika Rasayana. Medhya Rasayana (nootropic herbs) is a subtype of Kamya Rasayana and they are used with an intention or desire to improve intellect, concentration and memory. Need of attaining mental peace is increasing day by day in view of tremendous increase in the stress and strain. Medhya Rasayana described in the classics can be used as single Dravyas or in combination. Some examples from our classics are Mandukaparni, Gudduchi, Yashtimadhu, Shankhpushpi, Brahmi, Vacha, Jatamansi and Ashwagandha. Aims and Objectives: To highlight the importance of using Rasayana in today’s perspective which is bounded by stressed life and immense competition. Materials and Methods: All the relevant Ayurvedic classics with desired content matter was available which was thoroughly searched and the outcome was analyzed. Conclusion: The use of Medhyarasayana in everyday sphere is a boon to the mankind considering the amount of stress, one is surrounded by which is difficult to deal with now a days.