Concentration

From our list of herbs and spices, the following are recommended for Concentration:

  • Ginko
  • Valerian

Natural Cures and Remedies for Concentration

Aromatase is a key enzyme in steroid hormone metabolism, and its inhibition may partially explain the activity of the roots in BPH. The polysaccharide fraction of the aqueous root extract show prolonged antiedemic and antiinflammatory activity (40 mg/kg orl rat). Ethanolic extract also inhibits elastase, a destructive enzyme in the inflammatory process (IC50=68 µg/ml). The isolectin (UDA), abundant in the roots, may contribute to the antiinflammatory and antiprostatic activity of the extracts. Aqueous extracts interfere with, dose-dependently (0.6–10 mg/ml), the binding of dihydrotestosterone to SHBG (with specific receptors on human prostatic membranes). The alcoholic extract, UDA, and stigmast-4-en-3-one were inactive. At concentrations of 0.1 mg/ml, some root extracts inhibited Na+, K+-ATPases 27.6–81.5%. Stigmast-4-en-3-one, stigmasterol, and campesterol inhibited Na+, K+-ATPases 23–67% at concentrations of 1-1000 µ M. Such inhibition may influence prostate cell metabolism and growth (Bombardelli and Morazzoni, 1997). Root polysaccharide extracts anticomplementary (IC50=<50 µg/ml (HH3)). Strange that an herb should inject so many neuroactive compounds, acetylcholine, choline, formic acid, histamine, leukotrienes, and serotonin (PH2) into unsuspecting grazers.

I would like to point out that the low risk of side effects applies to herbal products that have undergone minimal processing. Dry herbs and ordinary-strength tinctures are in that category. Highly concentrated products, for instance essential oils, are not safe to be used internally and should be reserved only for external treatment. All highly concentrated herbal extracts, which well exceed the concentrations traditionally used in the past, should be treated with circumspection. See Chapter 6 for more on the safety of specific preparations.

Ginko, Valerian

Certain remedies have been found highly beneficial in the treatment of neuritis. One such remedy is soyabean milk. A cupful of soyabean milk mixed with a teaspoonful of honey should be taken every night in this condition. It tones up the nervous system due to its rich concentration of lecithin, vitamin B1 and glutanic acid. Soyabean milk is prepared by soaking the beans in water for about 12 hours. The skin of the beans is then removed and after a thorough wash, they are turned into a fine paste in a grinding machine. The paste is mixed with water, three times its quantity. The milk should then be boiled on a slow fire, stirring it frequently. After it becomes little cooler, it should be strained through a cheese cloth and sugar added.

When a headache strikes, one should stay on one’s feet in the daytime and do simple chores which do not require too much concentration or walk, move around and get some fresh air.

Extracts (Du Zhong) — Quercetin (at 8.5 µ M) was most potent of 5-alpha-glucosidase inhibitors found in extracts of the leaves (X9028049). Leaves contain several anticlastogenic (antimutagenic) compounds (asperulosidic acid, deacetyl asperulosidic acid, asperuloside, geniposidic acid, geniposide, p-trans-coumaric acid pyrogallol, and protocatechuic acid) (X9025787). At 100 µg/ml, the leaf extract was more potent a radical scavenger than isolated protocatechuic acid at the same concentration, clearly a super example of synergy (X10956129). With at least six compounds that tend to stimulate collagen production, this herb certainly has antiaging potential (including antiwrinkle activity). Scientists favor one part ginseng:four parts du zhong for synergistically stimulating collagen production (X9084879).

Lack of concentration can be improved with diet, supplements, herbs and adjustments to lifestyle. Herbs will rarely provide the whole answer if there is a long-standing problem.