What Are the Medicinal Uses for Sage?
Medicinal Uses for Sage Today
Though still more folklore than science, many people use sage to improve mood, memory and cognitive function. It is also used for throat inflammation, as a digestion aid, and for excessive sweating.
Current Research Medicinal Sage
For medicinal purposes, sage has not been researched extensively and is not currently considered a cure for any ailment. A handful of small trials have shown positive results in using sage as a mood enhancer and to increase cognitive function.
A study published in The Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics concluded that sage may be a treatment for Alzheimer's disease. Researchers gave patients with mild to moderate Alzheimers Salvia officinalis extract over a four month period to test its effectiveness and safety. At the conclusion of the study, those patients that were receiving the sage extract realized a significant positive outcome on cognitive functions than that of the placebo group.
Enhanced Mood and Cognitive Function
A study published in the journal Neuropsychopharmacology concluded that Salvia officinalis, improved both mood and cognitive performance following the administration of single doses to healthy young participants.