Celastrus paniculatus is a climbing liana plant endemic to regions in India that have an elevation of up to 1,800 meters above sea level. Also known as “intellect tree,” Celastrus paniculatus has been used for quite some time in India’s traditional Unani and Ayuverdic medicine to treat stomach disorders and for sluggish memory. The Unani and Ayurvedic method of treatment usually involves oil that is extracted from the seeds of the plant called jyotishmati oil.
The Celastrus paniculatus earned the nickname “intellect tree” because of its reported ability to enhance the cognitive processes of the brain and in the process to make one more intelligent. The use of Celastrus paniculatus as a nootropic agent has been gaining ground in the recent years, especially for students and those who prefer an all-natural cognitive enhancer.
Clinical studies in laboratory animals do suggest that this species of plant belonging to the Celastraceae family can improve memory retention and recall. The lab rats that were used in the study also exhibited an increase in the other cognitive processes in such areas as their speed of analytical process. Other studies have also observed that Celastrus paniculatus may have anxiolytic properties, which may contribute to mental clarity and motivation.
The main mechanism of action of Celastrus paniculatus is believed to be cholinergic in nature, which means that it helps in the synthesis of acetylcholine in the brain by inhibiting the enzymes that destroys it. Acetylcholine is neuroendocrine transmitter responsible for most of the cognitive processes of the brain.
While jyotishmati oil is still used to administer Celastrus paniculatus treatment, supplementation with it for cognitive enhancement is can still be considered as traditional as the only way to take it would be to chew on and eat the seeds. While this way of taking Celastrus paniculatus may seem rudimentary, it is also a surprisingly effective means of administration. For a reasonably low price, the seed can be bought through online retailers and most users take the seeds along with other organic nootropic agents such as Calamus Root and Sacred Lotus Stamens.
Those who regularly use Celastrus paniculatus report of a mild euphoric stimulation a few minutes after chewing on and eating the seeds. Users of the seeds also report of increased motivation and the ability to concentrate on more on any given task. Students who prefer to use organic and all-natural nootropics swear by its effectiveness as a cognitive enhancer, especially when used with Calamus Root and Rhodiola rosea. Among its reported nootropic effects are improved memory and concentration, an enhanced mental clarity, and better mental focus.
As promising as these reports about the nootropic benefits of Celastrus paniculatus may be, one must keep in mind that these are all anecdotal at best as there is yet to be a study done on human subjects. It is also worth noting that due to varying sensitivities, the effects of Celastrus paniculatus will likely vary among users as well. Although Celastrus paniculatus have been observed to have a very low toxicity profile, supplementation with it has a few side effects such as allergic reactions, headaches, nausea, and vomiting.
- It is all-natural.
- It is relatively cheap at about 10 dollars per ounce.
- It may be an effective all-natural alternative cognitive enhancer.
- It has anxiolytic effects.
- Its supplementation has a few side benefits.
- No formal studies on humans have been conducted yet.
- It has an unpleasant taste.
- It has a few unpleasant side effects.
It has also been observed that it takes a bit of time before one can feel the positive effects of Celastrus paniculatus supplementation. This can be likened to a loading phase. The dosing is measured by seeds with the recommended number of seeds being 10 to 15 per dose and as needed throughout the day.