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Dr. Vikram Chauhan - MD (Ayurveda)

Monday, December 24, 2018

Role of Mantra Therapy and Brahmi in Alzheimer’s Disease


Role of Mantra Therapy and Brahmi in Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer's disease is a progressive disorder of the brain. In this disorder, the brain cells start to degenerate. It is characterised by a continuous decline in thinking, behavioural and social skills that disrupts a person's ability to think and function independently.


  • Forgetting recent conversations or events.
  • Inability to carry out everyday tasks.
  • Getting lost in familiar places.
  • Repeat statements and questions over and over.
  • Forgetting the names of family members and objects of everyday life.
  • Having trouble in finding the right words to identify the objects.
  • Changes in personality and behaviour such as: apathy, social withdrawal, mood swings, irritability and aggressiveness, changes in sleeping habits, loss of inhibitions and delusions such as believing something has been stolen.

In advanced stages of this disease, complications likes severe loss of brain function, malnutrition, dehydration or infection can occur.

According to modern medicine, there is no treatment of Alzheimer's disease. There are certain medications that temporarily improve the symptoms or slow the rate of decline.

But, Ayurveda and Spirituality combined together can manage Alzheimer's disease to a great extent.

The science of Ayurveda has always emphasised on spirituality and wisdom. The various studies of Ayurveda give us more moments of clarity and connection.

Ayurveda is much more than a science of understanding health. Rather, it is a science of using health as the basis of one's journey toward enlightenment. The aim of Ayurveda is to keep the physical body healthy so that one can pursue spiritual goals.

In today's world, scientists all over the world are experimenting with Ayurvedic laws and principles and concluding that Ayurvedic laws are based on scientific principles.

For example, recently there was a research on Gayatri Mantra by a doctor of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Delhi and a scientist of IIT, India and concluded that by reciting Gayatri Mantra for a period of time, there is an infinite expansion of intellectual capacity meaning that the power of mind can be increased. This research has proved that spirituality is not a superstition. It is a super science.

This research will increase the faith in Meditation and Spirituality as well.


AIIMS has confirmed it through the brain activity by MRI. In this research, the brain was activated with Gayatri Mantra and observed the results with the help of MRI. In the research, it was found that the brain was expanded by reading this mantra for a specified time.


  • For carrying the research experiment, people were divided into two groups.
  • In the first group, Gayatri Mantra was read for 108 times regularly.
  • But, the second group was not allowed to read Gayatri Mantra.
  • It was found in the research that those who were reciting Mantras, the chemicals that were responsible for happiness started to grow rapidly.
  • GABA (gamma-Aminobutryic acid) is a chemical found in the brain. It is an inhibitory neurotransmitter found in the nervous system. Lack of this chemical causes depression and lack of sleep.
  • But, in the second week after reading the Gayatri Mantra, it was found GABA chemical started growing rapidly in the body.
  • With the help of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), it was found that who had read Gayatri Mantra, their mind was very quiet and awakened.
  • It was also seen that those who spoke this Mantra, in the 2nd week of their practice, the brain waves were better in comparison to the group that did not chant the Gayatri Mantra. The waves of their brains were disturbed and of low quality.

So, it was concluded that the intellectual capacity of the person can be expanded by reciting Gayatri Mantra.

In Indian culture, the Gayatri Mantra has a special place. It is one of the most influential mantras of Rig Veda.


Om Bhur Bhuvah Swah
Tat-savitur Varenyam
Bhargo Devsya Dhimahi
Dhiyo Yonah Prachodayat

If Gayatri Mantra is pronounced every day by making the rule, it can increase the power of mind. It is also found that by chanting this Mantra, different types of changes are seen in the brain cells. Moreover, chanting increases the blood supply to few particular areas of the brain. So, many positive changes are seen.

Due to this, Chanting Gayatri Mantra can be useful in various disorders related to brain like: Alzehimer's disease.


Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri) is an herb which is used in various Ayurvedic formulations known as "Medhya Rasayana" (nootropic drug).

  • This herb promotes free radical scavenger mechanisms and protects the cells in hippocampus and prefrontal cortex against DNA damage and cytotoxicity which is implicated in Alzehimer's Disease.
  • Brahmi also reduces lipoxyegenase activity thus reduces lipid peroxidation and increases chelates iron and glutathione peroxidase.
  • It also protects cholinergic neurons and reduces the anti-cholinesterase activity as compared to modern medicine drugs such as donepezil, galantamine.
  • So, administration of Brahmi herb promises to be a novel agent in Alzheimer's disease.


Brahmi Capsules of Planet Ayurveda are prepared from the standardised extracts of the herb Bacopa monnieri. Brahmi is often known as the food for the brain because it contains an active compound known as "Bacosides" which has a therapeutic influence on the degrading cells of brain in Alzheimer's disease. These capsules help to maintain healthy brain performance and helps in strengthening the mind and maintaining alertness and freshness. These capsules are useful in learning and memory recall as well as maintaining healthy blood circulation, functions of the liver, lungs, and kidneys. It is used for removing stress, improving reflexes and increasing the psychological and physical co-ordination.

DOSE: 2 capsules twice daily.

Advantages Of Using Brahmi Capsules

  • There are no fillers added to the capsule.
  • No animal products are used in these capsules and they are completely vegetarian.
  • Products are manufactured under hygienic conditions.
  • No chemicals, preservatives, fillers, yeast, starch are added.

Thus, Ayurveda combined with Spirituality can do wonders by managing incurable diseases.

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