Habitat: Sub-Himalayan tract up to 2,000 m and South Indian hills. Action: Seeds-nervine and brain tonic, diaphoretic, febrifugal, emetic. Seed -oil-used for treating mental depression, hysteria and for improving memory; also used for scabies, eczema, wounds, rheumatic pains, paralysis. A decoction of seeds is given in gout, rheumatism, paralysis and for treating leprosy and other skin diseases. Leaves antidysenteric, emmenagogue. Root -a paste of root -bark is applied to swollen veins and pneumonic affections.
Description: Celastrus Paniculatas is also known as the “intellect tree”. This herb has been around for centuries as an Ayurvedic Medicine which is one of the world’s oldest medical systems. It is based on the belief that health and wellness are largely dependent on a balance between mind, body and spirit. It is a holistic “whole-body” healing mechanism that uses Celastrus Panicuatas as part of the treatment. It has been proven to sharpen memory, increase intellect and improve concentration. It is largely understood to be a remedy for “brain power” but also has many other therapeutic benefits as well. It has also been documented as an aphrodisiac due to the stimulation it provides, as well as treating paralysis and rheumatism.
Celastrus seeds are filled with a dark brown oil known as Celastrus oil which possesses the medicinal properties of the seeds. The seeds and oil are reported to contain the alkaloids celastrine and paniculatin, which constitute the active principles of this natural herbal product. The oil has a life span of 24-months but can be prolonged if kept in a darker and cooler locations such as a fridge, or by being placed into soft gels.
In experimental animals, the drug showed lowering of leptazol toxicity which is used for the treatment of respiratory conditions, motor activity and amphetamine toxicity, and raising the capacity for learning process. It showed significant CNS depressant effect and a clear synergism with helping pentobarbital which slows the activity of your brain and nervous system. The seed extract showed hypolipidaemic (treatment of high levels of cholesterol) effect and prevented atherogenesis (disorder of the artery wall) in rabbits. The seed oil showed tranquillizing effect and hastened the process of learning in experimental animals. It produced a fall in blood pressure in anaesthetized dog. In addition, the seeds, 70% alcoholic extract of the plant showed sedative, anti-inflammatory and antipyretic (fever reducing substance), anti-ulcerogenic effect in experimental animals. Recent medical research has proven the efficacy of the oil obtained from the seeds; in small mammal studies, the oil produced lower blood pressure, increased alertness, and improved problem solving skills, possibly due to its powerful antioxidant action in the blood. Methanolic extract of flowers showed both analgesic (pain relieving) and anti- inflammatory activities experimentally.
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