Herbal tea benefits of Phyllanthus (Chanca Piedra), Paeonia, Terminalia, Polygala, and Bacopa: better gut health and memory.
Herbal Tea Benefits: Gut Health and Brain Health
I’ve covered the surprising connection between the gut, memory, and learning and the connection between gut health and ADHD. I’ve also covered the 6 serious signs of inflammation. Here, I’ll discuss on the herbal tea benefits of plants that support the gut-brain axis.
Before I discuss herbal therapeutics, I want to share a key observation. Our developing understanding of the gut-brain axis is a key example of why an isolated focus on a single body system usually doesn’t translate into good health. A whole body/whole lifestyle approach is truly necessary if you want to optimize your health. This whole body approach is core to our philosophy at Linden Botanicals, and it’s core to your health and wellbeing.
That said, specific herbs have phytochemicals that can support a healthy microbiome in the gut and strengthen memory and learning. These phytochemicals can affect the brain and the gut directly or indirectly via the gut-brain axis.
Phyllanthus niruri (Chanca Piedra)
Phyllanthus niruri is an all-around health support superstar. It’s well known for its abilities to help the renal system and support a healthy microbiome in the gut. Research suggests that Phyllanthus can also alleviate effects caused to cognitive ability by exposure to pesticides. Learn more about the herbal tea benefits of Phyllanthus here.
Terminalia chebula (Haritaki, Myrobalan)
Terminalia chebula is often used to support the health of the intestinal wall supporting the mucosa and the villi. Terminalia also has a wide variety of constituents believed to affect cognition. Its extracts have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects and are used to help treat Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia. Learn more here.
Paeonia lactiflora (White Peony Root)
Paeonia lactiflora has historically been used in Chinese medicine as a blood tonic. It is often sought after to reduce skeletal muscle spasms, soothe the liver, and moderate acute reactions. Paeonia is thought to help relieve nerve pain, migraine headaches, and stomach cramps. Recent animal studies suggest a neuroprotective activity and the ability to increase blood flow in a way that might help reduce the effects of a stroke. Learn more here.
Polygala tenuifolia (Seneca, Chinese Senega)
Polygala tenuifolia is known to Buddhists as the dream enhancer. A 2009 study concluded that certain chemicals extracted from Polygala tenuifolia improve learning and memory. Learn more about the herbal tea benefits of Polygalahere.
Bacopa monnieri (Brahmi, Waterhyssop)
Bacopa monnieri is an adaptogen often used to combat the effects of stress, including intestinal issues. Bacopa is also frequently used to support the treatment of cognitive deficits and to improve learning and memory. Learn more here.
Herbal Tea Benefits – A Whole Body Approach
We still have a lot to learn about the gut-brain axis. The biochemical signaling that takes place between the gastrointestinal tract and the central nervous system is extremely complex and isn’t yet fully understood. As a starting point, consider plants that offer herbal tea benefits that can help balance your gut microflora, soothe your gut (your second brain), and improve memory and learning.
It also bears repeating — a whole body, whole lifestyle approach is truly necessary if you want to optimize your health.