Health benefits of Ashwagandha / Indian ginseng/ Withania Somnifera

According to Ayurveda, this herb can do wonders as it can increase energy level of the person. Ashwagandha is highly regarded in the traditional Ayurvedic medicine system. It is a small and woody shrub found in India. Ashwagandha gets its name from two Sanskrit words – Ashva, meaning horse and Gandha meaning smell. Its roots have a strong aroma that is described as “horse-like” and is also said to bestow upon its user the vitality and strength of a horse. The traditional description of being as strong as a horse relates to the description of this herb. 

It is commonly used to help the body cope up with stress and increase the energy and vitality. It preserve and sustains adequate energy levels throughout the day while promoting good sleep at night. Traditionally, the roots and berries of the plant are used for preparing remedies. There are numerous benefits of this Indian ginseng.

Health benefits of Ashwagandha

Reduces Anxiety

Ashwagandha has a calming effect on person with anxiety symptoms when compared to the drug lorazepam (a sedative and anxiety medication). Studies showed that the herb had the ability to reduce anxiety levels. In fact, the two treatments were found to offer a similar level of relief from anxiety.

Helps in Arthritis

Ashwagandha has anti -inflammatory properties which aids in reducing the symptoms of arthritis. It is considered as pain reliever that acts on the nervous system to prevent pain signals from being sent.

Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease

According to several studies, Ashwagandha shows ability to prevent and slow down loss of brain function in the diseases like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s. These diseases cause loss of memory and function as they progress due to damage to connections path in brain. In early disease stage, it shows good results. 

Reduce Stress & Depression

In response to stress, stress hormones released by adrenal glands called as cortisol. If cortisol level elevated for longer time, lead to high blood sugar levels and fat storage. So, due to chronic stress, body metabolism is effected and lead to weight gain. Ashwagandha supplement helps to reduce cortisol level in chronically stressed person and reduce symptoms of depression. 

Lower Cholesterol & Triglycerides

Studies have shown that on taking ashwagandha, cholesterol levels reduces. In addition to anti inflammatory properties, it improves heart health. Proper dosage can help you to get both advantages together. 

Helps in Male Infertility

Recent studies shown that on taking ashwagandha, male infertility can be improved. It improves sperm quality but doesn’t increase sperm count. 

Helps in Hypothyroidism

Person with underactive thyroid that is hypothyroidism have high blood levels of a hormone called thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH). Taking ashwagandha lower TSH level and increase thyroid hormone level. This helps in making thyroid active and reduce the associated symptoms. 

Anti-Cancer properties

Research & studies shown that ashwagandha able to stop cell growth in certain cancers. Animal research showed the it has ability to decrease growth of  lung tumor. There are many studies that suggest that the herb has potential to slow human cancers involving breast, lung, kidney and prostate. 

Dosage

Ashwagandha may be used in powdered form in dosages ranging from 450 milligrams to 2 grams. It is available in capsules, powders or as a liquid extract and you can buy them from health food or supplement stores. For various ailments, different dosages work. So, take it under supervision of health practitioner as dosage need to be adjusted according to your problem. Pregnant women should avoid using ashwagandha because it can cause early delivery.

Conclusion

Ashwagandha is a herb with multiple benefits that helps maintain youth, keeps you healthy both mentally and physically. It is considered well-tolerated in small to medium doses for few days to few weeks times. It can do wonders in the given situations and according to the Ayurveda, this is very important herb for stress.

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