The depression is not a very common issue in non-urban world, but is very near to all in urban surroundings. The prescription drugs for the depression has raised several unhealthy incidents from severe withdrawal symptoms to sexual weakness. So the quest for alternatives has started from the very beginning of urbanization and still going on. Several herbs, rituals, practices, exercises, habits were reported from time to time to combat depression and has attained the world’s eye.
This issue of Ayurvedaforall discusses on one poly herbal supplement – ManasamitraVatakam tablet related to Depression.
The great scholar and founder of AryaVaidyasalaKottakkal, Vaidyaratnam PS Varier comments on the efficacy of this product in his book Chikitsasangraham- this is very effecticacious in lunacy and other ailments; alcoholism, toxicity and helps to improve mental faculties and in overcoming fits, convulsions and epilepsy. Sages say those taking this daily will be immune to snakebites, lightning, cholera, small pox and contagious diseases. In addition anyone taking this daily will develop a happy trend of mind, poetic taste, mastery of expression and other qualities. This may be taken twice daily on empty stomach in warm cow’s milk or Brahmi ghritham, Mahakalyanakaghritham, Saraswathaghritham or other vehicles prescribed for mental ailments.
Indication of MMV in classical reference.
Manodoshahara: pranjamedham cha prathibhamapi ||
The drug is having the effect of pacifying manodosha and it is capable of acting on brain to augment prajna, medha and pratibha. Most of the ingredients of the drug have medhya property (brain booster), vrishya property ( sex stimulant)and a meager number of ingredients have sukrasthambana ( delaying ejaculation) property.
Contents of Manasamitravatakam
Bala – – Sidacordifolia, Nagabala – SidaVeronicaefolia, Vilva – Aegle marmelos, Prishniparni – Urariapicta, Pravala – Coral, Shankhapushpi – Clitoreaternatea, Tamrabhasma, SwarnaBhasma, Pushkaramoola – Inula racemose, Mrigashringa – Deer horn, Vacha – Acoruscalamus, Tapya – Copper, MakshikaBhasma-Iron Pyrite, Chandana – Santalum album, Raktachandana – Pterocarpussantalinus, Mukta – Pearl, LohaBhasma – Iron, Madhuka – Glycyrrhizaglabra, Twak – Cinnamomumzeylanicum,Magadhi – Piper longum, Ghanasara – Cinnamomumcamphora, Aileya – Prunuscerasus, Vishala – Citrulluscholocynthis, Arkaraga- Lodoiceaseychellarum, Nirgundi – Vitexnegundo, Plava – Nyctanthes arbor-tristis, Rasna – Alpinia galangal, RajataBhasma – Silver, Shilajatu – Asphaltum, Gojihva – Onosmabracteatum, Padmakeshara –Nelumbonucifera, Jivaka – Malaxismuscifrea, Rishabhaka – Malaxis acuminate, Kakoli – Rosacea procera, KshiraKakoli – Roscoeapurpurea, Brihati – Solanumindicum, Kantakari – Solanumxanthocarpum, Shravani- Sphaeranthusindicus, Mahashravani – Sphaeranthusindicus, Bhunimba – Andrographispaniculata, Kritamala – Cassia fistula, Parushaka – Phoenix pussila, Haritaki – Terminalia chebula, Vibhitaki – Terminalia bellirica, Amalaki –Emblicaofficinalis, Amrit – Tinosporacordifolia, Shweta Sariba- Hemidesmusindicus, Krishna sariba –Ichnocarpusfrutescens, Jeevanti – Leptadeniareticulate, Somavalli – Sarcostemmaacidum, Ashwagandha – Withaniasomnifera, Nisha – Curcuma longa, Usheera – Vetiveriazizanioides, Draksha – Vitisvinifera, Yashti – Glycyrrhizaglabra, Riddhi – Vignacylindrical, Durva – Cynodondactylon, Hamsapadi – Adiantumphilippense, Bhadra – Aervalanata, Lavanga – Syzigiumaromaticum, Tulasi – Ocimum sanctum, Kasturi – Musk, Kumkuma- Crocus sativus, Juice extract of Trayanti – Bacopamonnieri
Water decoction ofShankhapushpi – Clitoreaternatea, Vacha – Acoruscalamus, Sariba – Hemidesmusindicus, Lakshmana – Ipomoea sepiaria, Vilva – Aegle marmelos, Bala – Sidacordifolia, Goksheera – Cow milk, Jiraka – Cuminumcyminum, Somavalli – Sarcostemmaacidum, Stanya – breast milk.
Neuroprotective effect of Manasamitra Vatakam
MMV is a neuro protective and has proven effect in controlling premature ejaculation. The studies are going on to prove its efficacy in insomnia.
A study conducted by NIMHANS recorded a favourable effect of MMV in Insomnia. “While the Clonazepam group show a 67 % improved disposition, The Manasamitravataka group experienced an avergae improvement of 73%. The group who also received ShirodharaTherpay show the most dramatic change, with a 91% improvement in symptoms.”
Totally the formula contains sixty three ingredients, mostly from plant origin and few from animal and mineral origin. All drugs are in equal quantity except the minerals used are only 1/10th of the quantity of the remaining drugs. The liquid ingredients mentioned have been impregnated in to the other contents under bhavana process prescribed in the texts.
A wonderful percentage of 61% of total drugs are proven Aphrodisiac, 47 % works on brain and intelligence. 60 % has Madhura- Sweet vipaka, 34 % Thikta Rasa, 60 % seetha- cold veerya .This high percentage of Thikta rasa, MadhuraVipaka and Seetha Veeryaconsolidately augment the ability of mind and intelligence.
The double blind study conducted by Dr Ravi Shankaran ,K, on the etiopathogenesis of male sexual dysfunction and its management with Manasamitravataka has proved Manasamitravatakam’s efficacy in managing Premature ejaculation.
ManasamitraVatakam tablet dosage: 1 – 2 tablets once or twice a day, as directed by Ayurvedic doctor. It is traditionally given along with milk.