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Herbal Medicine Materia Medica: Valerian - 0 views

  • In one study Valerian produced a significant decrease in subjectively evaluated sleep scores and an improvement in sleep quality.
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  • Much research has centered on its effects upon smooth muscle, demonstrating that it is a powerful and safe muscle relaxant. It can be safely used in muscle cramping, uterine cramps and intestinal colic
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  • Dosage:
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  • always useful, provided that the single dose is
  • 2.5-5ml (l/2 - l teaspoonful )
  • Over dosage is highly unlikely, even with very much larger doses.
  • For situations of extreme stress where a sedative or muscle relaxant effect is need fast, the single dose of one teaspoonful may be repeated two or three times at short intervals.
  • The dried herb is prepared as an infusion
  • Two teaspoons of the dried herb are used for each cup of tea
  • cold infusion may be used:
  • a glass of cold water is poured over two teaspoons of valerian root and left to stand for 8-l0 hours.
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Blueberry Juice Enhances Memory in Older Adults : Life Extension Update - 1 views

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    In an article published online on January 4, 2010 in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, Robert Krikorian of the University of Cincinnati, along with his colleagues from the US and Canadian Departments of Agriculture, report that consuming blueberry juice was associated with improvements in learning and memory in individuals with age-related memory decline.\n\nThe trial enrolled five men and four women over the age of 70 who reported forgetfulness and memory lapses characteristic of early memory decline. Participants were given the equivalent of 2 to 2 ½ cups of a commercially available blueberry juice daily for 12 weeks. Cognitive assessments were conducted at the beginning of the study and during the final week of the trial.\n\nAt the study's conclusion, learning and recall were improved, and depressive symptoms and glucose levels tended to be reduced. When subjects who received blueberry juice were compared with a demographically matched sample who received a placebo beverage in a companion trial, test scores for learning ability were significantly better.
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Blueberry Supplementation Improves Memory in Older Adults† - Journal of Agric... - 0 views

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    Blueberry Supplementation Improves Memory in Older Adults (dagger).\nKrikorian R, Shidler MD, Nash TA, Kalt W, Vinqvist-Tymchuk MR, Shukitt-Hale B, Joseph JA.\nJ Agric Food Chem. 2010 Jan 4. [Epub ahead of print]\nPMID: 20047325\nDOI: 10.1021/jf9029332\n\nThe findings of this preliminary study suggest that moderate-term blueberry supplementation can confer neurocognitive benefit and establish a basis for more comprehensive human trials to study preventive potential and neuronal mechanisms.
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Holy Basil / Ocimum Sanctum / Medicinal Properties || Roy Upton, Reg. Herbalist (AHG) |... - 0 views

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    Agrawal P, Rai V, Singh RB, 1996. Randomized placebo-controlled, single blind trial of holy basil leaves in patients with noninsulin-dependent diabetes mellitus. Int. J Clin Pharmacol Ther 34(9):406-409.

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Stress-modifying constituents of Ocimum sanctum (holy basil, or tulsi) - 0 views

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    A look at the active psychopharmacolgical properties of India's most sacred plant.

    James A. (Jim) Duke. Journal of Alternative and Complementaries. February 2008, Vol. 14, No. 1: 5-8.
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Kava and St. John's Wort: current evidence for use in mood and anxiety disorders. [J Al... - 0 views

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    CONCLUSIONS: Current evidence for herbal medicines in the treatment of depression and anxiety only supports the use of Hypericum perforatum for depression, and Piper methysticum for generalized anxiety.
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Piper methysticum (kava kava). [Altern Med Rev. 1998] - PubMed result - 0 views

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    "Piper methysticum (kava kava)."
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Tea and health: preventive and therapeutic usefulness in the elderly? [Curr Opin Clin N... - 0 views

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    SUMMARY: Although randomized clinical trials of tea have generally been of short duration and with small sample sizes, together with experimental and epidemiological studies, the totality of the data suggests a role for tea in health promotion as a beverage absent in calories and rich in phytochemicals. Further research is warranted on the putative benefits of tea and the potential for synergy among its constituent flavonoids, L-theanine, and caffeine.
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L-theanine, a natural constituent in tea, and its effect on mental state [Asia Pac J C... - 0 views

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    L-theanine, at realistic dietary levels, has a significant effect on the general state of mental alertness or arousal. Furthermore, alpha activity is known to play an important role in critical aspects of attention, and further research is therefore focussed on understanding the effect of L-theanine on attentional processes.
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Relaxation and immunity enhancement effects of γ-Aminobutyric acid (GABA) adm... - 0 views

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    Abstract

    The effect of orally administrated γ-Aminobutyric acid (GABA) on relaxation and immunity during stress has been investigated in humans. Two studies were conducted. The first evaluated the effect of GABA intake by 13 subjects on their brain waves. Electroencephalograms (EEG) were obtained after 3 tests on each volunteer as follows: intake only water, GABA, or L-theanine. After 60 minutes of administration, GABA significantly increases alpha waves and decreases beta waves compared to water or L-theanine. These findings denote that GABA not only induces relaxation but also reduces anxiety. The second study was conducted to see the role of relaxant and anxiolytic effects of GABA intake on immunity in stressed volunteers. Eight acrophobic subjects were divided into 2 groups (placebo and GABA). All subjects were crossing a suspended bridge as a stressful stimulus. Immunoglobulin A (IgA) levels in their saliva were monitored during bridge crossing. Placebo group showed marked decrease of their IgA levels, while GABA group showed significantly higher levels. In conclusion, GABA could work effectively as a natural relaxant and its effects could be seen within 1 hour of its administration to induce relaxation and diminish anxiety. Moreover, GABA administration could enhance immunity under stress conditions.
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The neuropharmacology of L-theanine: possible neuroprotective + cognitive enhancing age... - 0 views

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    L-theanine (N-ethyl-L-glutamine) or theanine is a major amino acid uniquely found in green tea. L-theanine has been historically reported as a relaxing agent, prompting scientific research on its pharmacology. Animal neurochemistry studies suggest that L-theanine increases brain serotonin, dopamine, GABA levels and has micromolar affinities for AMPA, Kainate and NMDA receptors. In addition has been shown to exert neuroprotective effects in animal models possibly through its antagonistic effects on group 1 metabotrophic glutamate receptors. Behavioural studies in animals suggest improvement in learning and memory. Overall, L-theanine displays a neuropharmacology suggestive of a possible neuroprotective and cognitive enhancing agent and warrants further investigation in animals and humans.
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Relaxation and immunity enhancement effects of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) administr... - 0 views

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    In conclusion, GABA could work effectively as a natural relaxant and its effects could be seen within 1 hour of its administration to induce relaxation and diminish anxiety. Moreover, GABA administration could enhance immunity under stress conditions.
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The neuropharmacology of L-theanine(N-ethyl-L-glutamine): a possible neuroprotective an... - 0 views

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    L-theanine (N-ethyl-L-glutamine) or theanine is a major amino acid uniquely found in green tea. L-theanine has been historically reported as a relaxing agent, prompting scientific research on its pharmacology. Animal neurochemistry studies suggest that L-theanine increases brain serotonin, dopamine, GABA levels and has micromolar affinities for AMPA, Kainate and NMDA receptors. In addition has been shown to exert neuroprotective effects in animal models possibly through its antagonistic effects on group 1 metabotrophic glutamate receptors. Behavioural studies in animals suggest improvement in learning and memory. Overall, L-theanine displays a neuropharmacology suggestive of a possible neuroprotective and cognitive enhancing agent and warrants further investigation in animals and humans.
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