ISSN: 1391 - 0531
Sunday, Octomber 15, 2006
Vol. 41 - No 20

Sage for old age

By Dr. Subash Chawla

One of the most prized herbs in traditional Chinese medicine, Indian medicine and in medical use in Europe as well, sage is a member of the mint family. This perennial herb with grayish-green beautifully shaped slender leaves is found abundantly in the Mediterranean region, in North America and all over Asia.

Sage was considered for centuries as a cure for virtually any disease. However, the famous Chinese adage, ‘sage for old age’ sums up its ability to address and alleviate many age-related afflictions.

A natural antiseptic, sage is useful for common throat and nose conditions involving inflammation of the mucous membranes. The Commission E of Germany credits sage with having antibiotic and antiviral properties whilst also recognizing its antifungal properties.

Sage is useful in treating adult-onset diabetes where it can bring down blood sugar levels impressively.

It is also helpful in redressing many age-related cardio-vascular problems.

Historically sage has proved useful in treating cases of failing memory and memory loss and is known to improve mental concentration in general.

One of the most exciting possibilities is the use of the herb in treating patients with Alzheimer’s disease in which area considerable research is being done with encouraging early results.

A word of warning: So potent is the herb that after prolonged ingestion of alcohol extracts or the pure essential oil, convulsions may occur. The herb and its decoctions should be used for short periods and in moderation. A consultant practitioner of alternative medicine should, therefore, be consulted when using this herb

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