Asafoetida as a cognitive enhancer in mouse models
What is it about?
Asafoetida has been used as a herbal resinous extract in many traditional medicinal systems as a digestant and carminative. But its effects as a nootropic agent is lacking sufficient evidence in both pre-clinical and human models of cognition. This study is one of a few studies to elucidate and characterize a commercial preparation of this resin in reference to higher cognitive functions in mouse models.
Why is it important?
Reverse pharmacology is a term vaguely describing the current non-evidence-based practice of herbaceuticals for many centuries especially in traditional medicinal systems and currently generating evidence for their efficacy and safety. This has been applied to Asafoetida as a pilot study in order to prove its rather beneficial psycho-pharmacological effects in animal models of cognitive processes.
The following have contributed to this page: Dr RAMANUJAM NARAYANAN