Ashwagandha- A wonder Ayurvedic Herb.
Ashwagandha has been in use in Ayurveda since centuries. It is used widely in The East and now a days it has grown it’s popularity in the west because of it’s wonderful benefits. In Ayurvedic text this wonder herb is described as Rasayana, Rasayana are the group of herb that helps to promote longevity, vitality and happiness. this herb is available in powder, capsules, tablets and tincture form. Recently it is getting more attention as many researches supports wide range of health benefits like mental health, sexual health, cognitive health, aging process, immunity and sports performance.
What is Ashwagandha?
Ashwagandha is a shrub plant which is native to Indian subcontinent, Africa and middle east. It’s botanical (Latin) name is Rauwolfia Serpentina. It is also known as Indian Ginseng, Indian cherry, Winter Cherry and many other names described in ancient texts. Ashwagandha is an adaptogen that stabilizes body’s functions and homeostasis. In ancient text, it is described as a herb which brings virality and energy. although all the parts of this plant are used for medicinal properties, roots are the most potent part of this plant as roots are loaded with good properties of alkaloids. for desired results, it is best to use Ashwagandha root.
Benefits of Ashwagandha.
Though, Ashwagandha is known as the best natural remedies for stress, anxiety and for mental wellness, it has many other benefits as stress can cause many other health issues.
( 1) Can help to reduce stress, anxiety and Insomnia.
Ashwagandha has shown to promote healthy cortisol level. Cortisol are the hormones produced by adrenaline gland to cope with the stress level of the body. This hormones are more produced when we are in danger or stress. once the situation is settled the level of cortisol comes back to normal. but when the stress level is constant the cortisol level stays at high and that can cause many health issues.
Ashwagandha seems to maintain the cortisol level, it can work as an anxiolytic, stress reliever and sleep inducing.
(2) Can help to boost Athletic performance.
VO2 max is the level of oxygen our body can absorb. If the value of VO2 max is higher, more Oxygen can be consumed by our body that can be used to generate the maximum amount of energy. Ashwagandha is very popular and widely used by athletes because Ashwagandha can help to improve the VO2 max that helps to absorb more oxygen. Athletes requires more absorption of Oxygen to improve stamina to produce maximum energy. by improving VO2 MAX level Ashwagandha helps to improve the stamina. It also can help to improve the muscles strength and that is also a key factor for athletic performance.
(3) Can Improve the functions of nervous system and mood enhancer.
Ashwagandha supports neurotransmitter health. Ashwagandha has shown enhancing cognitive functions in many research. which includes improving focus, and concentration. It is used for memory enhancement as well.
(4) Ashwagandha can reduce stress, anxiety and improves sleep.
Ashwagandha is calming adaptogen that supports the neuro transmitter which helps for calmness and relaxation and reduces the cortisol level. It helps to maintain homeostasis during the stressful time. Ashwagandha helps to improve sleep quality.
(4) Can improve Hormones balance.
Ashwagandha may increase estrogen level as specially in menopause, that can help to reduce menopausal symptoms, and female fertility. It can also support healthy Thyroid functions.
(5) Ashwagandha may boost immunity.
In ancient Ayurvedic texts, this wonder herb is described as a Rasayana herb. Rasayana herbs are those which helps to rejuvenate and to boost immune system. Traditionally This herb is used to improve immunity and for rejuvenation.
(6) Ashwagandha for addiction.
Ashwagandha can help to reduce the withdrawal symptoms at mild to moderate stage. Ashwagandha nourishes the nervous systems, protects neuron.
(7) Ashwagandha can help for men sexual health.
In Ayurvedic texts, Ashwagandha is described as a vajikarana. The word Vajikarana translates to Aphrodisiac- a herb which enhances sexual drive. It helps to maintain testosterone. It can help to improve sexual drive in men. It can also help with oligospermia (low sperm count).
Ashwagandha is wonder herbs with multiple benefits. It is advisable to use under the supervision of qualified practitioner.