Herbal tea benefits of Phyllanthus (Chanca Piedra), Paeonia, Terminalia, Polygala, and Bacopa: better gut health and memory.
Herbal Tea Benefits: Gut Health & Brain Health
We’ve covered the surprising connection between the gut, memory, and learning and the connection between gut health and ADHD. We’ve also covered the 6 serious signs of inflammation. Here, we’ll discuss the herbal tea benefits of plants that support both the brain and the gut.
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 via the gut-brain axis.
Phyllanthus niruri (Chanca Piedra)
Phyllanthus niruri offers numerous herbal tea benefits and is an all-around health support superstar. Phyllanthus is well known for its abilities to help the renal system and support kidney stone elimination. It’s also used to support a healthy microbiome in the gut. It can help clear H. Pylori, which is a bacteria that contributes to the formation stomach ulcers. It can also improve the production of bile, which helps with digestion. Research suggests that Phyllanthus may also help alleviate cognitive effects caused by exposure to pesticides. Read the Phyllanthus FAQ.
Vaccinium uliginosum (Bilberry)
Vaccinium uliginosum may promote healthy digestion and has long been used as an antidiarrhoeal. The effectiveness of Bilberry extract against enteric viruses may be the source for its traditional use to stop diarrhea. It may be useful for constipation, irritable bowel system, flatulence, ulcers, vomiting, intermittent fever, kidney stones, and hemorrhoids. It maintains regular elimination, helping to clear accumulated toxins in the gut.
Studies also suggest Vaccinium’s herbal tea benefits include improving memory, and it’s believed to help with age-related cognitive issues. In fact, it may reverse the cognitive decline often experienced with aging. It’s also frequently used to support the treatment of cognitive deficits and to improve learning and memory. Studies have found that it may help improve short-term memory, navigational skills, balance, and coordination. Compounds in Vaccinium seem to jumpstart the brain in ways that help aging neurons communicate again. Read the Vaccinium FAQ.
Terminalia chebula (Haritaki)
Terminalia chebula is often used to support the health of the intestinal wall supporting the mucosa and the villi. It also has a wide variety of constituents believed to affect cognition. It is commonly used as a rejuvenator of the mind and a meditation support to increase clarity of thought. Terminalia may have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects, and it’s used to help support Alzheimer’s disease treatment, the most common form of dementia. Read the Terminalia FAQ.
Paeonia lactiflora (White Peony Root)
Paeonia lactiflora offers many herbal tea benefits and has historically been used in Chinese medicine as a blood tonic. It may reduce skeletal muscle spasms, soothe the liver, and moderate acute reactions. It’s traditionally used to support healthy digestion and address digestive disorders, and it’s thought to help relieve nerve pain, migraine headaches, and stomach cramps. Recent studies suggest it has neuroprotective activity, and it may be useful for constipation and irritable bowel caused by inflammation. Studies also focus on its unique neuro-protective qualities and cognitive-enhancing properties. Read the Paeonia FAQ.
Bacopa monnieri (Brahmi)
Bacopa monnieri is an adaptogen often used to combat the effects of stress, including intestinal issues. Therapeutic uses include helping to treat bad ulcers, tumors, ascites, enlargement of spleen, indigestion, inflammations, leprosy, anaemia, and biliousness. Bacopa is also frequently used to support the treatment of cognitive deficits and improve learning and memory. Read the Bacopa FAQ.
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.