celastrus paniculatus

 Celastrus Paniculatus

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Common name: Black Oil Plant, celastrus, oriental bittersweet, intellect tree, staff tree
Hindi: मालकंगनी malkangani
Marathi: कांगुणी kanguni, माळकांगोणी malkangoni
Tamil: குவரிகுண்டல் kuvarikuntal, மண்ணைக்கட்டி mannai-k-katti, வாலுளுவை valuluvai
Malayalam: പൊലുലവമ് Polulavam
Telugu: కాసరతీగె kasara-tige, మానెరు maneru
Kannada: ಭವಮ್ಗ bhavamga, ಜೊತಿಷ್ಮತಿ jotishmati, ಕರಿಗನ್ನೇ kariganne, ಕೊಉಗಿಲು kougilu
Bengali: kijri, malkangani
Oriya: korsana, pengu
Konkani: माळकांगोणी malkangoni
Urdu: malkanguni مالکنگني
Assamese: Pokitai
Gujarati: માલકંગના malkangana
Sanskrit: अलवण alavan, ज्योतिषमति jyotishmati
Botanical name: Celastrus paniculatus     
Family: Celastraceae (Spike-thorn family)
Synonyms: Celastrus dependens

Medicinal USE(S): For increasing mental acuity in all realms, including dreaming

FAVORITE TIME(S): Any time of day, but particularly in the morning

Celastrus paniculatus is basically an Indian therapeutic herb having
been used for centuries within the conventional Ayurvedic program of
medication. It's quickly getting significance within the major health
care products and even in herbal medicine creations. Oil extracted from
the Malkangni plant seeds is known to be extremely useful in
revitalizing your thought process as well as sharpening your memory.
Moreover it plays the role of a prospective nervine tonic, rejuvenator
plus an anti-depressant. Furthermore, this plant carries a solid
antioxidant and performs totally free essential scavenging exercise. C.
paniculatus has additionally been used because of its possible function
in the control of neurodegenerative ailments along with other neuronal
issues like Alzheimer's illness. Malkangni oil is a strong catalyst for
neuromuscular program and is as well useful for treating gout,
rheumatism as well as paralysis.+

Celastrus paniculatus is a disarmed rising woody plant popularly known
as Malkangni, Jyotishmati, Kangani, Black-Oil tree, Sphutabandhani,
Climbing-staff plant, Svarnalota, Intellect tree. This plant grows up
everywhere in India and expands to a level of approx 1800-2000 meters.
This short-lived climbing plant can easily develop to an extremely huge
dimension. It is a member of the class Angiospermae and family
Celastraceae. The foundation stalk of this particular plant expands to
10 cm in size as well as 6 meter in length. The seeds of Celastrus
paniculatus generate dark brownish oil called Celastrus oil, which
usually features the therapeutic characteristics of this particular
seeds. The oil and seeds claimed to have the alkaloids celastrine and
paniculatin, which in turn make up the energetic rules of this pure
herbal item.+

Conventional use of the Malkangni plant for curative reasons includes
treating intellectual disorder, sleeping disorders, dyspepsia, gout,
epilepsy and rheumatism. This oil has additionally been utilized as
massaging oil for your medical treatment relating joint diseases and
inflammatory facial skin problems. Though not usually used in these
kinds of functions, the seeds are actually considered to be cardio
tonic, thermogenic, diuretic and aphrodisiac.+

The particular seeds give a sour sharp flavor, cough medicine, liver and
brain tonic; treat joint discomfort and tiredness. Along with the
qualities of the plant seeds, this oil is actually a hunger increasing
tonic, beneficial to asthma and coughing; applied in leprosy; remedies
severe headaches and leucoderma. This plant seeds are usually warm and
dry, aphrodisiac and catalyst, valuable for both internal and external
treatments relating leprosy, rheumatism, paralysis, gout as well as
other problems. Malkangani seeds are generally smashed and mixed with
aromatic and are extremely productive in eliminating malarious and
rheumatic nature pain. They are excellent for bad, harmful and lethargic

Celastrus paniculatus seeds have been used in Ayurvedic medicine for centuries.  In particular, the seeds yield as much as 52% oil by weight, and it is in this oil that numerous alkaloids are found, compounds such as celastrine and paniculatin.

I first discovered celastrus when I was studying for a big qualifying examination that required four to six hours a day of preparation for several months.  I was looking for supplements that would help to enhance my cognitive abilities and that would keep me sharp while supporting my health and not causing negative side effects.  I stumbled across as supplement called Cognihance, which has been clinically proven “to enhance memory and increase retention”, and which contains a great deal of Celastrus seed oil, among other things.  I decided to research Celastrus a little more and found that in Ayurvedic medicine it is well known for its efficacy in increasing intellectual capabilities.  Many Indian college students regularly consume half a teaspoon of Celastrus paniculatus oil each day as part of their daily diet – this acts as a brain stimulant, improving memory and recall.

Indeed, celastrus has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years for its potent medicinal properties.  In particular, it was used as a brain tonic, appetite stimulant, and emetic.  It was much prescribed in cases of forgetfulness, mental fatigue and memory loss.  Modern medicinal studies have only confirmed the incredible properties of celastrus seeds in supporting mental function.  And indeed, after taking celastrus for a few days, I started to notice that I was more focused, that I could remember things more easily, and that it was much easier to retain that knowledge for longer. And I passed my exam with flying colors, in case you were wondering!

Celastrus also has a long history of use in helping with dream recall and lucid dream induction.  After taking celastrus for about a week, I noticed that I was remembering my dreams much more often and with a great deal more clarity.  Celastrus makes your brain sharper and improves memory, so of course it makes sense that it would make it easier to remember dreams and to attain awareness within them.  Celastrus seeds are an essential part of my everyday diet, both for their cognitive benefits and for their beneficial effects on my dream work, and since there are no negative side effects to be found with celastrus, there is no reason not to add it to your diet as a supplement!

HOW TO PREPARE/RECIPE: There are many different methods I have found for preparing celastrus, but the most common use the seeds to extract their essential oils.  In ancient India, the seeds were placed in a pot of boiling water or goat’s milk.  Over a period of a few hours, the essential oils would rise to the surface, the seeds were strained out, and the mixture was allowed to settle.  The oil could then be siphoned off and used.  The oil can also be extracted using a screw press.

Fortunately, modern research has shown that celastrus seeds are just as effective when consumed with next to no prior preparation.  You can even chew 10-12 seeds at a time, up to 100 a day, to get the same Celastrus paniculatus benefits.  This is easy, but the seeds don’t taste great, so I prefer to soak a teaspoon of seeds in four cups of boiling water for three hours, then sweeten with honey or agave nectar and drink.  If you don’t want to go through the fuss of consuming whole seeds, you can also purchase herbal tinctures, such as Cognihance, which contain celastrus and are very easy to take.