Ashwagandha and Brahmi: Better Alternatives to Amantadine and Selegiline

What are Amantadine and Selegiline?

Amantadine is an anti-viral drug that secures the body against viruses. It is mainly used for the prevention and treatment of infections caused by the Influenza A virus, and also helps in the treatment of various symptoms as well as side effects of Parkinson’s disease. It is known as an anti-viral, antiparkinson as well as dopamine agents. Its generic name is Amantadine Hcl. It is available in the forms of Capsules, Tablets, Syrups, Extended-Release Capsules in the names of Gocovri, Osmolex ER, Symmetrel, Symadine.

Selegiline (Generic name: selegiline Hcl) is commonly known as Eldepryl. It can only be used with the levodopa/carbidopa therapy. No other benefits have seen yet, of this drug, if used in the absence of this therapy. It does not treat Parkinson, but only improve some of its symptoms. It is available in the form of capsules and tablets.

Uses of Amantadine and Selegiline

Amantadine is mainly used to treat the symptoms of Parkinson such as continuous uncontrolled movements of muscles, shivering, stiffness, tremor, etc. that may be the result of using certain drugs. It controls the movement illnesses by increasing the level of dopamine in affected body parts. This drug works by balancing the brain functions.

Side Effects of Amantadine and Selegiline

Some common side effects of these two drugs are:

  • liver or kidney disorders
  • daytime drowsiness
  • a seizure
  • fluid retention
  • low BP
  • eczema
  • addiction to drug
  • psychosis
  • mental disturbances
  • congestive heart failure
  • skin cancer or other skin problems
  • breathlessness
  • painful, bloody or cloudy urination
  • swelling in hands or feet
  • hormonal imbalance or sexual dysfunction
  • irregular heartbeat
  • nausea
  • constipation
  • blurry vision
  • sticky tongue
  • disturbed speech
  • difficulties in movements of eyes, arms, legs or neck
  • irritation and swelling in eyes
  • memory loss
  • sore throat
  • hallucinations
  • hypertension
  • burning lips/mouth
  • increased freezing
  • hair loss
  • gastrointestinal bleeding
  • weight loss and many others

The overdose of Amantadine can even cause death if not taken proper care.

Precautions to be taken while using Amantadine and Selegiline

  • Must take only with the prescription of medical practitioners.
  • It should not be used within a duration of 14 days after having the nasal flu vaccine.
  • Not to receive the nasal flu vaccine while consuming Amantadine for a minimum of 48 hours after the last dose.
  • Pregnant women must not take it without a detailed prescription.
  • Females should not breast-feed while taking it.
  • Consult the doctor with detailed information, if the person at any time, has suffered from or suffering from severe diseases as mentioned above under the side effects of Amantadine and Selegiline.
  • It cannot be given to the child below the age of 1 year, and Gocovri is also approved only for those, elder than 18 years.
  • Taking Caffeine pills, Diet pills or other stimulates or drugs, without professionals’ advice along with Amantadine worsens the side effects.
  • Strict care of timing to take should be taken as even a slight change in time may cause or expand any side effect.
  • Avoid taking a double dose in case of a missed dose, better to skip it.
  • Sudden discontinuation of Amantadine also creates ill-health.
  • Swallow it whole, not to crush, split or chew the tablets or capsules available, doing so may increase the side effects.

Got Worried? Don’t be Now

Nature has provided us with amazing herbs such as Ashwagandha and Brahmi, to stay away from the diseases and being healthy. But we, with the busy schedules of life and to get instant effects, use modern medicines without knowing their long-term side effects. Consequently, in order to get treated within no time at the initial stage, we get stuck in the vicious circles of diseases and medicines for our lifetime. Due to this, we cause risk to our health as well as time in the long run. So, it is better to be late than never. Switch to the herbal medications and save your body from such severe diseases like Parkinsonism.

What is Parkinsonism?

Parkinsonism is a neurological disorder that directly affects the body movements because of the disturbed balance of neurons in a specific area of the brain. Neurons produce a chemical, named dopamine, the main element behind the proper movements of different body parts. Parkinsonism occurs when the level of dopamine diminishes due to the damaged neurons. Ashwagandha and Brahmi along with the other herbs, having the most effective properties to rebuild the damaged neurons, can help in the treatment of this disorder.

Herbs for Parkinsonism

1. Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha is considered as the most potential herb from the ancient period under the Ayurvedic medicinal system. It is best to strengthen the immunity system of the body and providing safety to the human body against a large number of health concerns. The main cause of diseases of a human body is the weakening of the immune system. According to Ayurveda and ancient texts, the whole working of different systems inside our body depends upon the Vata, Kapha, and Pitta. Ashwagandha, being most effective on the root cause, balances the tri doshas and becomes a perfect herb to be used in the treatment. The roots and leaves of Ashwagandha are used for medicinal purposes. Some of its features are its anti-oxidant properties, anti-allergic properties, and others as follows:

  • Providing strength and stamina
  • Maintaining sexual disorders
  • Abolishing infertility
  • Balancing hormones and sexual functioning
  • Reduces depression, stress, anxiety, etc.
  • Manages sleeping disorders
  • Pain-Reliever
  • Prevent and treat swelling
  • Balances Blood Pressure
  • Strengthens the respiratory system, and many more.



2. Brahmi

Brahmi (Bacopa Monnieri) is another natural herb that balances the tridosha in the body and prevents it from the number of diseases. It is the most powerful herb used for the purposes of treating brain disorders for centuries. Being one of the oldest herbs, it is always considered by Ayurveda practitioners for enhancing intelligence and fighting against mental disorders. The major benefits of the herb are:

  • Improving brain functions
  • Strengthening immunity
  • Encouraging functions of the liver
  • Maintaining blood pressure
  • Prevents infections
  • Ensuring free movements of joints
  • Beneficial in skin related problems
  • Improves digestion
  • Nourishes scalp and avoids hair loss
  • Stabilizes Pregnancy
  • Regenerates neurons
  • Relieves Pain
  • Relaxation in sleeping disorders
  • Improving speech and voice, etc.


How Ashwagandha and Brahmi are better alternatives to Amantadine and Selegiline?

With all the above information about Ashwagandha, Brahmi, Amantadine and Selegiline, it can be clearly seen that Ashwagandha and Brahmi are not only better alternatives to Amantadine and Selegiline but also the best remedy for Parkinsonism as well as other health concerns, specifying no side effects at all.

Herbal Remedies for Parkinsonism

One of the most leading Ayurvedic Brands, Planet Ayurveda provides you with the herbal treatment for Parkinsonism in the form of a care pack known as ‘Parkinsonism Care Pack’. All the products included in this pack are 100% natural, pure and herbal, even the shell of each capsule is purely vegetarian, free from any other additive. It includes the following that helps you to treat your ill health. These medications are:

  1. Zandopa Powder
  2. Brahmi Chyawanprash
  3. Brahma Rasayana
  4. Ashwagandha Capsules

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Product Description

1. Zandopa Powder

It acts as a support system to the brain and neurological system of the body and helps in retaining a good memory. Zandopa powder is prescribed by Ayurvedic ‘Vaidyas’ as a need to be used especially by old people on a regular basis in order to avoid memory loss due to growing age. Zandopa mainly replenishes the dopamine chemical balancing the movements of various body parts. It, adjoining with the other remedies in this pack, also manages the other symptoms of Parkinsonism in a very well manner.

Dosage: 1 tsp. twice daily, after meals.

2. Brahmi Chyawanprash

Brahma Chyawanprash can be used by any person of any age, whether old or young. Being a very effective herbal jam, it is good in taste and can be consumed easily, ensuring health with taste. The herbs combined to formulate this herbal product are Brahmi (Bacopa Monnieri), Bhumi Amla (Phyllanthus Niruri), Shatavari (Asparagus Racemosus), Punarnava (Boerhavia Diffusa) and 45 others. These herbs contribute to a healthy body and mind. Brahmi Chyawanprash also controls weight loss.

Dosage: 1 tsp. two times a day, after meals, better to take with milk.

3. Brahma Rasayan

This herbal formulation is liquid in form and considered as a great tonic for the maintenance of healthy nerves within the body. Its regular use helps in managing the mental and physical strength of the human body and securing it from various diseases. It is a blend of numerous fruitful herbs such as Shankhpushpi, Haridra, Giloy, Amla, etc. Brahma Rasayan is an anti-aging, immunity booster as well as an intellect improver.

Dosage: 1tsp. with milk, after breakfast only.

4. Ashwagandha Capsules

These capsules are made up of the standardized extract of Ashwagandha herb (Withania Somnifera). Each capsule contains 500 mg of pure extract. It enhances memory, endurance power, reduces the depressive elements and eliminates the risk of many other chronic health issues.

Dosage: 2 capsules twice a day with plain water, after meals.


Therefore, it is clear with the above explanations of the medications from the modern as well as the Ayurvedic system of medicine, that the Ayurvedic and Herbal remedies are the best for treating various ailments in the body.

  It is health that is real wealth not pieces of Gold and Silver!!

                                                          Mahatma Gandhi

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Dr. Vikram Chauhan

Dr. Vikram Chauhan (MD - Ayurveda) is a Globally Renowned Ayurveda Physician with Expertise of more than 25 Years. He is the CEO & Founder of, a leading Ayurveda Brand, Manufacturing, and Export Company with a Chain of Clinics and Branches in the US, Europe, Africa, Southeast Asia, India, and other parts of the World. He is also an Ayurveda Author who has written Books on Ayurveda, translated into Many European Languages. One of his Books is "Ayurveda – God’s Manual for Healing". He is on a Mission to Spread Ayurveda All Over the Planet through all the Possible Mediums. With his Vast Experience in Herbs and their Applied Uses, he is successfully treating Numerous Patients suffering from Various Ailments with the help of the Purest Herbal Supplements, Diet, and Lifestyle, according to the Principles of Ayurveda. For More Details, visit. Read More

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