By: Dr. Christine Surrago
We are in the midst of transferring from biospheric consciousness to nooospheric consciousness. The demands on our mind to quickly update and adapt while remaining focused is increasing. Mindfulness is spreading like wildfire throughout our culture. There is a yoga studio on every corner of Santa Monica. Our collective energy is no longer focused on physical necessities and the building of a society. Our foundation has been made for our next step of evolution, which is the work of living a mindful life in harmony with others in every single moment.
It has never been easier to get on the ride of awareness. For those of us who are pioneers leading the way, it has never been more challenging as it requires deeper awarenesses and connections with the self, the collective and the universe at large while also responding timely to the waves of energy that are coming in.
Nootropics are a sacred class of botanicals used to enhance the overall connection, conduction and synergy of the brain, body and its surrounding environment. These botanicals enhance neural connections to operate at higher conduction speeds with flexibility and adaptability, leading to higher levels of awareness, dexterity, focus and cognitive function. With this heightened ability you have a unique opportunity for self improvement, learning and team play with everyone around you.
My highest intention is for you to be constantly finding your balance and alignment with yourself and the whole. This is a reminder to focus on progress while in balance. These should not be used as a means to “get ahead” leading to instability and imbalance in all areas of your life.
Many nootropics improve cognitive functioning, memory, decrease inflammation and improve the speed and flow of neural connections. They can prevent and alleviate decline in Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, dementia and epilepsy. They often lead to lower inflammation throughout the body while reducing harmful stress hormones.
Below I have listed my top 3 nootropics. Each plant can be used as your medicine, in combination with other tonics, for strong enhancements in cognitive function and stress reduction. Utilize this information with care, integrity and intention.
Bacopa monnieri (Brahmi)
Bacopa is also referred to as “Brahmi” which is in reference to the Hindu creator god Brahma which gives you an idea of your potential when taking this medicine. This plant has powerful energetics invoking intelligence, grounding and creativity. It can connect you to the flowing streams of intelligence + creativity that are already inside of you. This botanical has been studied in cognitive decline, dementia, epilepsy with positive results.
Centella asiatica (Gotu Kola)
Gotu Kola, also known as another “Brahmi” is a potent nootropic and nervine, calming the nervous system while enhancing focus. It has other incredible properties as a blood and skin tonic. It is used to treat numerous conditions like depression, brain fog, anxiety, venous insufficiency, hemorrhoids, eczema and rashes.
Withania somnifera (Ashwagandha)
In Sanskrit, ashwagandha means “the smell of a horse.” A better translation would be “the essence of a stallion." Ashwagandha creates a sense of focused, relaxed and rooted strength. There are countless effects that Ashwagandha has on the body and more are being discovered. It is known as a thyroid, adrenal, liver, brain, heart and blood vessel tonic. This plant is a member of the nightshade family and caution should be taken for those who react to nightshades.
Dr. Christine Surrago, Naturopathic Doctor, is committed to the healing of the entire planet, each person at a time. She holds a strong intention for everyone to live a life of alignment with themselves and the rhythms of our earth. She sees that each person has a unique gift, that when nourished and strengthened, will contribute to the healing of the entire planet as we know it. From the depths of her connection to human experience and her love of life, she will be sharing with you vital knowledge for your own personal healing, alignment and vibrant aliveness.
As a doctor, she focuses her treatments to heal the subconscious of the body, at the very source of illness. This leads to radical healing from the inside out. She is in a constant state of awe as she observes the miracles of the human body. Through honoring the intelligence of life, she treats her patients with steady guidance and discernment.
Dr. Christine practices in Santa Monica, CA and is currently taking patients of all ages and conditions. She specializes in bioenergetic healing, women’s health, fertility, autoimmune conditions and alternative cancer therapies. She thoughtfully blends ancient earth medicines with the most cutting-edge treatments out there.
She completed her medical training at Bastyr University in Seattle, WA. She served as an adjunct clinical professor at Bastyr University Clinic in San Diego, CA teaching the holistic treatment of patients with constitutional homeopathy.