Intellect Tree, Scientific Name, Celastrus paniculatus is an unarmed woody, large deciduous twining shrubs that grow about 10 m tall and is found growing in moist deciduous and semi-evergreen forests.
The base stem of this shrub grows up to 10 centimeters in diameter and 6 meters in length.
It produces many woody branches that cling to surrounding flora for support.
The stem has a rough, pale or reddish brown exfoliating bark covered densely with small elongated white lenticels.
The inner bark is light and cork-like with yellow sapwood.
The leaves are simple, broad, and oval, obovate or elliptic in shape, leathery and smooth.
They grow on single stems ranging from light to dark green colour.
Intellect tree is a climbing shrub found throughout India. As with many medicinal plants, this species has been over-exploited and is under threat.
The seeds of the plant contain fatty acids and alkaloids and have remedial and antidepressant actions. But they are difficult to germinate and grow.
It is said that the Celastrus Paniculatus (Intelligent Tree) Seed is beneficial as a Cognitive Enhancer, Helps Reduce Cognitive Stress, Improve Memory, Aids In Mental Focus, Potent Antioxidant, Nourishes Nervous System and Improves Dream Recall.
Like any medications, it is vital that individuals get as much information that is available regarding the subject so they can make an informed decision as to whether this type of medicinal plant is something useful.