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Yog Sandesh: Ancient Vedic Knowledge on Health and Natural Healing through Ayurveda

Pranayama and Yoga
How to Improve the Memory
By The Editor

Ayurveda has the cure for all disease. It is a complete and approved system of medication. The
medicines made out of rasa (essence), bark, fruit, and leaves of different plants may appear to be useless,
but they have the capacity to cure many incurable diseases. Today's modern life style has influenced the
human brain to a great extent. Busy schedules and hectic work has resulted in our memory power
becoming weakened. Foreign companies are coming up with new medicines and polluting the bodies
environment at a time when we are trying to cope up with stress and tension. It is not sure whether such
polluting medicines improve memory power or not, though it is certain that these medicines have
adverse effects on the body.

Our brain has three parts. There are the conscious, subconscious and unconscious aspects of mind. All
three forms are associated with memory. The conscious mind is the part of contemporary memory. The
subconscious mind is related to those memories which can be remembered with great difficulty. The
memories, which have been forgotten and the person is unable to recollect in spite of his best efforts are
included in the unconscious mind. The memories and incidents which are a part of this mind sometimes
appear in the form of dreams or a rare incident.

Important Yogic Remedies from Ancient Indian Scriptures:

1. 29th chapter of Agnipuran contains a medicine, which grants longevity to a person. According to the
text, consuming 240 mg to 500 mg of Brahmi powder with milk every morning is very beneficial. It also
increases the memory power.

2. Ayurvedic scriptures like Charaka and Sushruta say that consuming 3 gm of green vegetable soup
(made form Brahmi) increases the memory power. Brahmi leaves are tasty just like the tamarind leaves.

3. Bhav Prakash includes the importance of Shankhpushpi for good memory. Consuming 3 to 6 gm of
Shankhpushpi powder with milk is extremely beneficial for increasing memory. It also plays an
important role in improving the functioning of the brain and its overall development.

4 .Beshajya Ratnavali is a famous Ayurvedic literature. According to this book, regular consumption of
Brahmi, Shankhpushpi, almond, etc. strengthen the brain cells and provide coolness to the brain. They
are helpful in improving memory power and curing nervous related problems.

5.An Ayurvedic literature called Chikitsa Chandrodaya mentions the importance of Brahmi in the form
of a chemical. Regular consumption of Brahmi improves the capacity to think and understand. It also
includes a simple combination to improve memory power. It says that almond and sugar candy
'Halava' (sweet dish) is very healthy to strengthen the brain cells and improve the memory power.

6. Add one gram of black pepper in ten grams of honey and consume this mixture twice a day. This
combination is very beneficial for increasing the memory power, improves eyesight and stops premature
graying of hair.

7. A Greek literature 'Ijajul Gruba' mentions that consuming fiber in right quantity is extremely
beneficial. Almond and pomegranate squash are very useful sources of fiber food. Whichever squash
suits the body, should be taken regularly in the summer season. This book has cautioned that the best
way to improve the memory power is to keep the mind cold and the feet warm.

8. Ayurvedic books have paid utmost attention to massage. Massaging the feet and head with rapeseed
oil is beneficial in improving the memory power. Regular massage of the head increases the blood flow
and also improves the memory power. It also relieves headache and improves the eyesight.

9. A simple tip can improve your memory power many times. When you go to bed, lie down straight,
close your eyes and memorize all the activities, which you did throughout the day from morning to
evening. Practice this tip everyday and you will notice that the memory power has improved to a great

10. People who sleep with their head towards the East or South direction have very good memory

11. According to Guru Pushya Yog one should always keep Apamarg herb, this increases the memory

Diet for a healthy brain:

Necessary vitamins for the brain:

Vitamin B -1: It is necessary for the brain. The main sources are-sprouted cereals, green-leafy
vegetables and groundnuts.

Vitamin B-2: This is also very important for the brain and is found in milk, cheese, green vegetables,
tomato and apricot.

Vitamin B-6: The brain needs this vitamin and is mainly found in whole grains, yeast, dried beans,
potato, fruits, and green vegetables.

Vitamin B-12: It is very important for the proper functioning of the brain. Its main sources are milk,
curd and cheese.

Vitamin-C: It keeps the brain healthy and the main sources of this vitamin are tomatos, melons,
myrobalan, lime, green leafy vegetables, cabbage, strawberry, and turnip.

Vitamin-E: It gives strength to the brain and the main sources of this vitamin are tomato, dried beans,
pulses, grains, spinach, and green vegetables.

Mineral salts are very important:

1. Calcium keeps the brain healthy and is mainly found in beans, grains, and pulses.

2. Our brain requires sodium and can be obtained from pulses, cheese. It is normally found in all the
edible items and common salt is also sodium.

3. Our brain also requires iron, which is found in green vegetables, pulses, beans, groundnuts etc.

4. Potassium also strengthens the body and pulses, green leafy vegetables, beans, cereals, milk, fruits
especially banana and orange are good source of potassium.

5. Zinc keeps the brain in proper condition and can be obtained from beans, cereals, and pulses. These
items should be included in our daily diet.

6. Magnesium strengthens the mind. It is found in soyabeans, milk, green vegetables, pulses, well water

7. Fluoride gives the brain the ability to think and understand. Fluoride is found in tea, coffee, soyabean
and drinking water.

8. Copper is very essential for the brain and the best sources are cereals, mushroom, green peas, beans

9. Selenium refreshes the mind and makes it strong. Selenium is found in whole grains, milk, cheese,
vegetables etc.

Sun heated oil:

1. Oil made under the sunlight cures diseases related to the brain. This oil is known as 'Asmani' oil,
which means the oil made under the sky. To prepare this oil you require a blue colored glass bottle and
black sesame oil or rapeseed oil or coconut oil. Fill the bottle with any one type of oil and keep it under
the Sun for at least three months. Do not keep the bottle on the floor rather place it on some wooden

2. Cover the bottle with cotton and change the cotton everyday.

3. This oil makes the mind active, cool and makes the hair healthy.

4. This oil works very well in all diseases related to the brain. Massaging the body with this oil increases
the strength of the body.

5. This oil reduces burning sensation in the eyes, hands, legs and nervous weakness.