RESEARCH

tall-figureChanges in medicine have occurred in the last several decades with an increased use of synthetic chemical drugs, and with the changes, tens of thousands of people are choosing to switch back to more traditional natural methods of medical care.  Studies show that over half the population of the United States will use some form of alternative medicine this year.  Many people now choose to rely on herbs and other forms of alternative medicine instead of drugs when they feel ill.

Many of the herbs and essential oils used in our Memory Blend also contain constituents that improve health in other ways, such as fighting infections, strengthening the immune system, helping the body adapt to stress, reducing inflammation in the body, relieving muscle tension, supporting cardiac function, lowering blood pressure and purifying the blood. 

 If you have an interest in being a part of a future study on herbal medicine for brain health, memory and cognitive function, please write us at emory.magicstone@gmail.com.  Magic Stone Herbals is committed to continuing its research on herbal nootropics.  We will be assessing additional cognitive enhancing blends beginning in the winter months of 2018.

Dissertation research study on Herbal Nootropics to improve Memory – Tea and Aromatherapy – 2016-17 (CLOSED):  

HERBAL NOOTROPICS: FINDING A NATURAL METHOD OF IMPROVING BRAIN HEALTH   Emory E. Prescott, M.S.   University of Natural Medicine (November 2017)

Cognitive changes are a part of the normal aging process; however, the brain has a remarkable ability to adapt to these changes with a process known as neuroplasticity (Doidge, 2007). Although specifics of the cognitive change will vary from person-to-person, memory, language, attention, learning, and executive function are often affected.  Understandably, most people who recognize these changes in cognition are eager to reverse the declining trend, and many of them are seeking natural methods, an example of which is nootropics.  A nootropic substance may be considered by some to promote the positive effects of plasticity and thus add to an enhancement of cognition and learning adaptability.  Although some nootropics are chemically synthesized, others are natural in form, obtained from organic, sustainably-sourced plants, making them easily used and received by the body.  To the knowledge of the researcher, no studies have systematically evaluated the effectiveness of a complex nootropic blend to improve cognitive function in the typical-aging population.

OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study is to determine the collective effectiveness of a combination of nootropics in improving cognitive function of healthy-aging adults and of those with age-related cognitive decline as measured by pre- and post-assessment following an herbal therapy regimen.

METHOD: Using a single-subject design with ten subjects, ten participants between the ages of 53 and 79 were assigned to either a treatment group (eight subjects) or a control group (two subjects). Outcomes were measured using the Repeatable Battery for the Assessment of Neuropsychological Status (RBANS; Randolph, 1998) before and after the intervention as well as weekly interviews and completions of a change scale.  The 13-week intervention consisted of nine nootropic herbs presented in the form of tea and aromatherapy; these herbs included Periwinkle “Vinca minor,” Rosemary “Rosmarinus officinalis,” Sage “Salvia officinalis,” Gotu Kola “Centella asiatica,” Ginkgo “Ginkgo biloba,” Green Tea “Camellia sinensis,” Peppermint “Mentha x piperita,” Lemon “Citrus x limon,” and Lemon Balm “Melissa officinalis.” Those in the control group did not receive this combination of therapeutic herbs, but instead received a calming blend of Catnip “Nepeta cataria,” Chamomile “Matricaria chamomilla,” Lavender “Lavandula angustifolia,” and Clary Sage “Salvia sclarea.”

RESULTS: At the onset of this study, over half of the participants reported some level of cognitive decline by describing memory loss, brain fatigue, lack of attention or impaired focus.  Participants with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) revealed an average 17% improvement (48.66% pre-average to 65.33% post-average) and normal-aging participants revealed an average 9% improvement (87.83% pre-average to 97.00% post-average), using a 95% confidence interval.  Statistically significant improvements were observed in attention, delayed memory, immediate memory, language, and visuospatial memory as measured by the RBANS, and six of eight therapeutic participants showed statistically significant increases in percentile rank and total scale scores.  All participants in the treatment group showed improvement in at least one cognitive area.  Both participants in the control group showed a decline in at least one cognitive area and both had overall decline in total scale score and percentile rank.

CONCLUSION: The data are encouraging in that they suggest that plant-based nootropics, when consumed through tea and aromatherapy, provide adults a safe, natural method of improving their cognitive function.  As herbs and essential oils become more widely used, it is important for more research to be completed , including wider age-range applications, so that healthcare practitioners and consumers can be well-informed about the herbs’ properties, uses and precautions.

 

 

RECENT RESEARCH FINDINGS:

MEDICAL MISTAKES:  In a landmark study in the New England Journal of Medicine it is estimated that one million patients nationwide are injured yearly by errors during hospital treatment and 120,000 people die as a result.

Leape et. al, (1991). New England Journal of Medicine, 325 (3):210.

DANGEROUS DRUGS:  A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that an estimated 100,000 people die every year due to correctly prescribed medications.  Every drug has side effects, some of them are very lethal.

Leape et. al, (2000, July). Journal of the American Medical Association, Vol 284:95.

HERBS ARE SAFE:  For thousands of years, herbs have been used to treat and prevent disease.  In that time, very few adverse reactions have been reported.  When adverse reactions do occur, they are usually the result of a mixture of herbs and pharmaceutical drugs.

Dr. Christopher, Herbal Legacy (n.d.). Reprinted in part, Natural Healing with herbs for a healthier you, from http://herballegacy.com