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Journal of Pharmacognosy and Phytochemistry

Journal of Pharmacognosy and Phytochemistry

Vol. 6, Issue 5 (2017)

Physiological concept of memory and herbs used as memory stimulant


Saurabh Mishra


Memory is most important and complex feature of brain which makes the development of human being and animals. In the field of neurosciences, the major discovery in past two decades is the elucidation of behavioral, neurobiological and cellular basis of learning and memory process. Accordingly, effect of wide variety of pharmacological agents on brain lesions or cognitive behavior have been studied and most validly interpreted as “enhancement or impairment” of learning and memory processes. In traditional practices of medicine, numerous Herbs have been used to treat cognitive disorders, including neurodegenerative disease such as Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and other memory related disorders. An ethno pharmacological approach has provided leads to identifying potential new drugs from plant sources. There are numerous drugs available in western medicine that have been directly isolated from plants, or derived from templates of compounds from plants sources. For example, some alkaloids from plant source have been investigated for their potential in AD therapy, and now in clinical use (e.g. galantamine from Galanthus nivalis is used in the United Kingdom). Various other plant species have shown favorable effects in AD, or pharmacological activities indicating the potential for use in AD Therapy. This review is focus on understanding the physiological concept of memory and commonly used herbs as memory stimulant in the ancient India system of medicine.

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How to cite this article:
Saurabh Mishra. Physiological concept of memory and herbs used as memory stimulant. J Pharmacogn Phytochem 2017;6(5):42-46.