Memory and Ayurveda


Memory is one of the most complex function of brain and starts with learning and remembering simple things such as knowing  meaning of  various words,  different skills such as to ride a bicycle or  how to play a musical instrument etc. And then there is a complex type of memory that allows us to  recall and even ‘re-live’ personal events or episodes from our near and distant past.

Memory is the capability of the brain to retain or hold onto the past or the events that are currently happening and relating different pieces of  information, so that  they can be reproduced in the future, at the time of need. Memory makes a fundamental contribution to our everyday mental experience.


Psychologists distinguish between three necessary stages in the learning and memory process: Encoding, Storage, and Retrieval (Melton, 1963). Encoding is defined as the initial learning of information; storage refers to maintaining information over time; retrieval is the ability to access information when you need it.

A study by neuroscientist Susumu Tonegawa of the  Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his colleagues claims to have discovered the neural processing that makes organization of memory into discrete units possible.


Memory is not supported by a single brain region, but  rather by a wide set of brain areas. One brain region, however, is known to be especially important for memory and that is a structure deep in the brain’s temporal lobes called the hippocampus.

Activity of millions of neurons in many different regions of our brain must become highly linked to produce a coherent memory that interweaves emotions, sights, sounds, smells, event sequences and other stored experiences.

Human memory function and storage is one of the greatest marvels of nature and science is yet to fully discover why memory widely varies from person to person or why there is a sudden loss of memory.



Ancient Ayurvedic medicinal plants (Brahmi,Ashwagandha, Turmeric,  Shankhpushpi, gotu kola etc) reduce brain aging and induce anti stress and memory enhancing effects which help in regeneration of neural tissues.

Ayurveda prescribes several remedies for improving memory and intelligence.
Researchers are continuously working to develop new Ayurvedic medicines   concentrating on the treatment of memory disorders.
These ayurvedic medicinal plants helps altering the concentration of neurotransmitters – chemical substances that are known to play an important role in mental processes including memory. For example, an abnormally high level of Gamma Amino Butyric Acid (GABA) or a reduction in the level of acetlycholine, both neurotransmitters, can affect memory.

Recent tests showed that such plants like Brahmi ,Ashwagandha etc reacts strongly with GABA,  enhances acetylcholine concentration and stimulates production of a chemical in the brain called nerve growth factor that can reverse nerve decay caused by aging. Hopes are high that another plant Jattamansi could yield a drug that could arrest memory decline in the elderly viz.alzheimer’s disease.

The thrust of research is to verify through modern testing techniques the efficacy of medicinal plants listed in ancient Ayurvedic medical texts.


Branolia is an ayurvedic tonic based on the knowledge gleaned from the ancient ayurveda on the regenerative and memory enhancement power of the Brahmi.

Brahmi in Branolia helps to increase memory, concentration and thinking power and keeps the nerve cells cool, healthy and tuned without any side effects.

Along with Brahmi, Branolia contains Satamuli, Berela, Ashwagandha, Jastimodhu and Alkushi which have high brain rejuvenation properties.

Branolia, the century old memory tonic is considered to be very useful in   enhancing memory power and  is suitable for all ages.

Ingredients in Branolia helps students enhance academic performance, for middle  aged it keeps the brain and body tuned for the daily rigours and for the aged it helps manage age related mental degeneration.


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