Manasamitra Vatakam (Manasamitra Vataka)

Manasamitra Vatakam (Manasamitra Vataka)

Manasamitra Vatakam (Manasamitra Vataka) is traditional ayurvedic medicine used for stress disorders and depression. It acts as a potent anti-stress, anxiolytic and anti-depressant. It is a safer option for treatment of mental disorders as compared to conventional allopathic drugs. The result and efficacy of this medicine are also very promising. It can provide complete relief from generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) and depression when taken for a longer period (about 6 months).

Ingredients (Composition)

INGREDIENT NAME QUANTITY (PROPORTION)
Herbs:
Bala (Country Mallow Root)  – Sida Cordifolia 1 Part
Nagabala – Grewia Populifolia 1 Part
Bilva (Indian Bael Root) – Aegle Marmelos 1 Part
Prishniparni – Uraria Picta 1 Part
ShankhpushpiConvolvulus Pluricaulis 1 Part
Kakronda (Kukkuradru, Tamrachuda, Janglimulli) – Blumea Lacera 1 Part
Pushkarmool – Inula Racemosa 1 Part
Aileya – Prunus Cerasus 1 Part
Vacha – Acorus Calamus 1 Part
Lal Chandan (Red Sandalwood) – Pterocarpus Santalinus 1 Part
Safed Chandan (White Sandalwood) – Santalum Album 1 Part
Mulethi (Yashtimadhu) – Licorice – Glycyrrhiza Glabra 1 Part
Dalchini (Cinnamon) – Cinnamomum Zeylanicum 1 Part
Pippali (Long Pepper) – Piper Longum 1 Part
Kapur (Plant Camphor) – Cinnamomum Camphora 1 Part
Elaichi (Cardamom) – Elettaria Cardamomum 1 Part
Indravaruni (Colocynth) – Citrullus Colocynthis 1 Part
Ratanjot – Alkanna Tinctoria 1 Part
Nirgundi – Vitex Negundo 1 Part
Mustak – Cyprus Rotundus 1 Part
Rasna – Pluchea Lanceolata 1 Part
Gojihva – Onosma Bracteatum 1 Part
Kamal Kesar (Lotus) – Nelumbo Nucifera 1 Part
Jivaka (Jeevak) – Malaxis Acuminata 1 Part
Rishabhaka (Rishabhi) – Microstylis Muscifera 1 Part
Kakoli – Roscoea Procera 1 Part
Brihati (Indian Nightshade) – Solanum Indicum 1 Part
Kantakari – Solanum Surattense 1 Part
Gorakhmundi (Mundi or East Indian Globe Thistle) – Sphaeranthus Indicus 1 Part
Kalmegh (Bhunimba or Indian Echinacea or Nilavembu) – Andrographis Paniculata 1 Part
Amaltas (Aragvadha ) – Cassia Fistula 1 Part
Phalsa (Falsa) – Grewia asiatica 1 Part
Amla (Amalaki/Indian Gooseberry) – Emblica Officinalis 1 Part
Bibhitaki (Beleric Myrobalan) – Terminalia Billerica 1 Part
Haritaki (Chebulic Myrobalan) – Terminalia Chebula 1 Part
Giloy (Guduchi/ Indian Tinospora) – Tinospora Cordifolia 1 Part
Sugandha Bala (Tagar/Indian Valerian) – Valeriana Wallichii 1 Part
Pind Tagar – Valeriana Hardwickii 1 Part
Jeevanti (Jiwanti) – Leptadenia Reticulata 1 Part
Somlata (Indian Jointfir) – Ephedra Gerardiana 1 Part
Ashwagandha (Indian Ginseng) – Withania Somnifera 1 Part
Haldi (Turmeric) – Curcuma Longa 1 Part
Ushira (Khas) – Vetiveria Zizanioides 1 Part
Draksha (Raisins) – Vitis Vinifera 1 Part
Mulethi (Yashtimadhu) – Licorice – Glycyrrhiza Glabra 1 Part
Riddhi – Habenaria Edgeworthii 1 Part
Vriddhi (Habenaria Intermedia) 1 Part
Durva (Bermuda grass) – Cynodon Dactylon 1 Part
Hamsapadi – Adiantum Philippense 1 Part
Bhadra 1 Part
Laung (Clove) – Syzygium Aromaticum 1 Part
Tulsi (Holy Basil) – Ocimum Sanctum 1 Part
Kesar (Saffron) – Crocus Sativus 1 Part
Minerals or Bhasma:
Praval Pishti (processed coral calcium) 1 Part
Swarna Bhasma 1 Part
Mrig Shringa Bhasma 1 Part
Swarna Makshik Bhasma 1 Part
Mukta (Moti) Pishti (Processed Pearl Calcium) 1 Part
Loha Bhasma 1 Part
Rajat Bhasma (Raupya Bhasma) 1 Part
Shilajit (Asphaltum) 1 Part
Kasturi (Deer Musk) 1 Part
All above ingredients (in powder form) are taken in equal quantity and mixed together and then processed in juices and decoctions of following herbs separately.
Processed in Decoctions, Juices or Milk of –
Trayanthi (Trayamana) – Gentiana Kurroo Juice Q.S.
Brahmi (Waterhyssop) – Bacopa monnieri Juice Q.S.
Shankhpushpi – Convolvulus Pluricaulis Q.S.
Vacha (Sweet Flag) – Acorus Calamus Q.S.
Yavasa – Alhagi Camelorum Q.S.
Lakshmana – Ipomoea Sepiaria Q.S.
Bilva (Indian Bael Root) – Aegle Marmelos Q.S.
Bala (Country Mallow Root)  – Sida Cordifolia Q.S.
Cow’s Milk Q.S.
Jeera (cumin) – Cuminum Cyminum Q.S.
Somlata (Indian Jointfir) – Ephedra Gerardiana Q.S.
Breast Milk Q.S.
Reference: SAHASRAYOGAM, GUTIKA PRAKARANA, MANASA MITRA (66)

Medicinal Properties

Manasamitra Vatakam (Manasamitra Vataka) has potent therapeutic effects on mind and brain. It corrects overall functions of nervous system. It has following medicinal properties:

  • Anxiolytic
  • Anti-stress
  • Antidepressant
  • Neuroprotective
  • Anticonvulsant (anti-seizure & anti-epileptic)
  • Adaptogenic
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antioxidant
  • Rejuvenative nervine tonic
  • Neuroprotective
  • Mild Anti-hypertensive
  • Anti-dementia
  • Memory Enhancer

Therapeutic Indications

Manasamitra Vatakam is indicated in all mental problems ranging from mild mental stress to major depressive disorder (MDD) and even schizophrenia. A quick list of indication of Manasamitra Vataka is as follows:

  1. Daily life stress
  2. Mental stress
  3. Insomnia
  4. Anxiety and panic disorders
  5. Generalized anxiety disorder (gad)
  6. Social anxiety disorder
  7. Phobias
  8. Posttraumatic stress disorder (ptsd)
  9. Depression
  10. Bipolar disorder (manic depression)
  11. Amnesia (both type – retrograde & anterograde)
  12. Alzheimer’s disease
  13. Schizophrenia
  14. Memory loss
  15. All types of mood disorders
  16. Stuttering (stammering disorder)
  17. Schizophrenia
  18. Substance abuse & addiction
  19. Cardiac arrhythmia due to anxiety

Manasamitra Vatakam is helpful for treating following symptoms:

  • Irritability
  • Agitation
  • Frustration
  • Angry Outbursts
  • Restlessness
  • Aggressive Behavior
  • Feelings of sadness
  • Hopelessness
  • Feeling of tearfulness
  • Feeling of emptiness
  • Feelings of guilt
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Lack of energy even after small tasks
  • Feelings of worthlessness
  • Trouble thinking
  • Trouble while making decisions
  • Reduced concentration
  • Unexplained tiredness
  • Difficulty in remembering things
  • Forgetfulness
  • Loss of interest in daily activities
  • Abnormal body movements
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • unexplained physical problems likely associated with mind

Scientific Research

Manasamitra Vatakam (MMV) has neuroprotective and antioxidant properties. The rat study suggested that it has significant neuroprotective action against oxidative damage and memory impairment. It improves memory performance and reduces oxidative stress. In rats, it has prevented aluminum induced neurotoxicity and shown neuroprotective potential. (1)

Benefits & Medicinal Uses

Manasamitra Vatakam is a balanced formulation and it acts on all Dosha. Therefore, it can be taken without consideration of body type or Dosha analysis. It can also be used by healthy individuals as a brain tonic, which provides following benefits:

  • Increase intelligence
  • Improve attention
  • Increase concentration
  • Enhance memory
  • Boost retention power
  • Reduce mental fatigue
  • Improve quality of sleep
  • Improve vocal qualities or singing voice quality
  • Increase mental skills

Mental Fatigue

Mental fatigue is nowadays a common phenomenon. Individual feels tiredness and loss of motivation, and decrease in work or exhaustion. Generally, exhaustion occurs in the brain cells due to brain over-activity. Stress, emotion, attention on a single task and continual mental efforts are cause of mental fatigue.

Manasamitra Vatakam acts on the brain, and calm the mind. Various ingredients in it improve blood circulation and oxygen level in the bloodstream, which also helps improving oxygen and nutrient supply to the brain cells. It also tones the nerves, strengthens the brain, improves work stamina and reduces fatigue.

Many people feel exhausted after a short mental work. They start feeling tasks are much more complicated, mistakes are increased and attentiveness decreases. The same thing happens to students who study late nights. Manasamitra Vataka is highly beneficial in such cases. It improves attentiveness, concentration, alertness, and recollecting information.

Insomnia (Sleeplessness)

Manasamitra Vatakam works on almost all underlying cause of insomnia related with mind and brain. It calms the aggravated Vata and induces sleep. It reduces stress, anxiety, and depression. It calms the mind and induces feeling of wellbeing and sensation of relaxation, which helps improving sleep quality and reduces sleep disturbances. Insomnia may also have other causes, which should also be addressed properly along with using this medicine.

It is also beneficial for people who feel un-refreshed after awakening in the morning. Various ingredients in it increase energy level and correct the mood.

Anxiety

Manasamitra Vatakam has anxiolytic action. Many ingredients in it decreases anxiety level significantly and prevent repeated episodes of anxiety disorders. It reduces feeling of restlessness, feeling of tiredness, and nervousness. It also normalizes heartbeat, relaxes the mind, improves presence of mind and helps falling asleep.

Depression

Manasamitra Vatakam is highly advisable for depression management. It promotes general well being, induces calmness and feeling of peace in the mind. Ingredients like Swarna Bhasma, Mukta Pishti, Praval Pishti and others in it releases negative energies from the mind and exert potent neuro-protection effects.

Dosage & Administration

The general dosage of Manasamitra Vatakam is as follows.
Children 1 Tablet (125 mg) *
Adults 1 to 2 Tablets (125 to 250 mg) *
Maximum Possible Dosage 500 mg Per Day (in divided doses)
* Twice a day with milk
When to Take: After Food

Safety Profile

Manasamitra Vatakam is considerably safe when taken under supervision and in recommended dosage.

Side Effects

There are no side effects reported with recommended dosage of Manasamitra Vataka.

FAQs about Manasamitra Vatakam

Is it really effective for anxiety and depression?

Yes, Manasamitra Vatakam is a drug of choice in ayurveda for anxiety and depression.

I am on antidepressant pills. Should I discontinue or do I still need to take then with Manasa mitra?

Immediate withdrawal of allopathic antidepressant pills is not recommended. Your body may have developed drug dependency with them, so gradual withdrawal is advisable. Consult your physician for checking and reducing the dosage over the period of a month. Manasa mitra can be taken with other medicines including antidepressants keeping minimum 3 hours gap between them.

My doctor has recommended a high dosage of it (about 1 gram). What will happen if I take it in high dosage?

Manasamitra tablets contain several ingredients. Your doctor may have suggested high dosage according to your current health condition. Generally, its over-dosage does not cause any adverse effect, but an individual with PITTA body type or having a history of gastritis may feel heartburn or burning sensation. Long-term use of Manasamitra Vatakam Tablets in high dosage is not suggestible. You should consult your doctor time-to-time for reducing the dosage.

How much dose of manasamitra is safe?

Nowadays, the maximum recommended dosage in ayurveda practice for Manasamitra Vati is about 500 mg per day. Still, it can also be taken in higher dosage depending on the health condition under the medical supervision.

I am a student and having problems with memory and concentration. Can I take Manasamitra Vatakam Tablets on regular basis? Does it help improving my memory and concentration? What should be the dosage?

Yes, Manasamitra Vatakam Tablets can be taken on a regular basis for a period of maximum 6 months under the supervision of an ayurvedic physician. Yes, it will help improving your memory, attention, and concentration. The dosage should be same as listed in dosage section above in the article. In most cases, 1 tablet of Manasamitra twice daily is sufficient.

Can Manasamitra tablets cure Schizophrenia or Tagara tablets are of any help?

Manasamitra and Tagara tablets can be used as adjuncts to modern medicines. However, ayurvedic treatment can help in Schizophrenia when it is decided according to the Dosha dominance and in-depth Dosha Analysis. Formulations like Manasamitra Vati, Saraswatarishta, and Vachadi Churna etc. are also helpful, but in-depth analysis of Dosha involvement can help deciding the accurate and effective treatment, which can vary individually.

Does Manasamitra Vati help to treat fearing disorder?

Yes, along with Saraswatarishta, Mukta Pishti, and Abhrak Bhasma, Manasamitra Vati is likely to help in the management of phobias.

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