Convolvulus Pluricaulis as a Nootropic

Convolvulus pluricaulis is a plant used in the Ayurvedic traditional medicine system of India. It is used as a general tonic. Evidence also suggests that Convolvulus pluricaulis has adaptogenic and anti-stress properties, and these may explain its ability to favourably affect the brain. Studies have investigated the anxiolytic effects of Convolvulus pluricaulis on rats and shown that significant beneficial effects were seen that could be described as anti-anxiety in nature. The effects seen were comparable to that of the anxiolytic drug piracetam. The same researchers also investigated the effects of Convolvulus pluricaulis on tests of mental function in rats. In this regard Convolvulus pluricaulis showed significant nootropic effects but these effects were less than seen for the herb Ayurvedic herb Evolvulus alsinoides. Therefore Convolvulus pluricaulis may have significant anxiolytic effects comparable to pharmaceutical drugs, and these are perhaps more defined than its memory enhancing properties. 

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Rawat, M. S. M. and Kothiyal, P. 2011. Comparative nootropic effect of Evolvulus alsinoides and Convolvulus pluricaulis. International Journal of Pharma and Bio Sciences. 2(1): 616-621

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