Everyone has occasional episodes of forget�fulness. Forgetting a name, date, or other information that seems to be on the tip of the tongue can make a person frustrated. One may forget where one has parked the car or left one's keys. Such experiences are common to everyone. On the other extreme, a severe form of forgetfulness happens in Alzheimer's disease, in which one may fail to recognize one's wife, husband, children, friends, or family members.
Memory problems are often the result of an inadequate supply of nutrients to the brain. Also, as age advances, memory frequently becomes poorer. Alcohol destroys brain cells, so memory loss among alcoholics is quite common. Memory problems may also be due to the use of drugs such as LSD, marijuana, and cocaine, as well as to alcohol abuse. All these can damage the brain tissue and memory will be affected.
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The above pack is for 30 days. Following is the dosage details:
Memory Support : 1 capsule twice daily with plain water
Brahmi: 1 capsule twice daily with plain water
Brahmi Chawyanprash: 2 teaspoons twice daily with or without milk any time.
Ashwagandha: 1 capsule twice daily after meals.
According to Ayurvedic principles, mem�ory is recorded on the sensitive film of the nerve cells within the brain, which are of a kapha nature; memory is enlivened and brought back at a proper time by means of vata. Most memory problems are due either to stagnation of kapha or to aggravation of vata dosha, with its light, airy, even spacy qualities. Thus, in order to improve memory, we need to control vata and kapha. Pitta, on the other hand, is sharp and penetrating and supports good memory.
The following recommendations will help you improve your memory and prevent memory loss.
Carrots, which contain carotene, are good for memory. Carrots also enhance pitta, which brings sharpness of recall. Drink carrot or beet juice, both of which are blood builders and will help improve memory.
Kitchari is a simple, nourish�ing dish made essentially of 50 percent bas�mati rice and 50 percent split yellow mung dal, with some spices usually added for fla�vor. A five-day kitchari fast, using plain kitchari with just some chopped cilantro leaves added, will cleanse the system and help to strengthen memory. (For more deli�cious kitchari recipes, use your imagination or consult a cookbook such as Ayurvedic Cook�ing for Self-Healing by Usha Lad and Vasant Lad; see Bibliography.)
A 3- to 5-day fruit fast, with triphala at night (1/2 teaspoon steeped for 5 to 10 minutes in a cup of hot water), will sharpen the nervous system and make the brain more capable of investigating deeply into the memory. Note: A fruit fast should not be attempted by anyone who tends to get hypoglycemia.
The following fruits are recommended for the fast:
For vata : Papayas, prunes, mangoes
For pitta : Grapes, pomegranates, apples
For kapha: Apples, cranberries, pomegranates
Additional foods that are helpful for improving memory include sweet potatoes, tapioca, okra (frequently used as a brain tonic), and spinach, which promotes pitta and stimulates memory. Sattvic foods in general are good for memory. Foods tradi�tionally considered most sattvic include fresh fruits and vegetables, almonds, oranges, ghee, and milk. One food that is particularly bad for memory is heavy meat. This should be strictly avoided by anyone with memory problems.
Write down important information in order to remember it. Then you can go over it, and over it. Also, make a list of things you want to do or buy. Then you won't forget the milk or bananas!
Think in rhymes and rhythms. In the oral traditions of India and other countries, students memo�rize vast amounts of knowledge that is usu�ally set in rhyme and rhythm.
Use association to aid memory. Suppose somebody tells you his name. Try to associate that name with something familiar. You might even imagine a picture to go along with the sound.
There is an ancient Vedic technique to recapture a lost memory: If you forget something, just sit quietly and stay in the forgetfulness. Breathe into the forgetfulness, and try to dig out the memory. Suddenly it will come back!
Daily walking, especially fast walking if you are fit for it, improves circula�tion and helps strengthen memory. Walk for half an hour, 5 times a week, Monday to Friday.
Yoga postures are helpful, especially the inverted poses (Shoulder Stand, Headstand, Plow pose, and Camel pose), which help to bring more blood to the brain. The Bow and Cobra poses are also helpful, as is Savasana, the yogic rest pose. Also do the Sun Salutation, 12 cycles a day.
Brahmi oil rubbed on the soles of the feet and on the scalp stimulates cere�bral neural receptors under the skin, which send messages to the brain cells and can acti�vate memory.
The nose is the doorway to the brain and memory-. Nose drops of warmed-up brahmi ghee, 5 drops in each nostril, can help to improve memory-. (See appendix 2 for instructions on how to make medicated oils and ghees.)
Alternate Nostril Breathing helps to improve cerebral circulation (see chapter 6).
Memory� problems may be caused by stress, anxiety, and worries. Regular meditation is beneficial for relieving stress. Try- the Empty Bowl or So-Hum meditation explained in chapter 7.
A person who has memory- problems should avoid alcohol and marijuana. Also, strictly avoid drugs that will directly affect the brain, such as LSD. Smoking cigarettes can also adversely affect memory-, as nicotine toxicity constricts the cerebral blood vessels, which will damage the brain cells. Some research indicates that certain commonly prescribed medications, such as diazepam (Valium), may also seri�ously impair memory.
These do's and don'ts will be effective in protecting and improving your memory.