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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

20 benefits of taking Ashwagandha

A powerful tonic and adaptogen, Ashwagandha helps reduce stress and promote overall well-being. Ashwagandha is a traditional Ayurvedic herb used in India for more than 3,000 years and is often referred to as “Indian Ginseng. Ashwagandha works as an adaptogen, promoting the body's ability to maintain homeostasis and resist stress. It prevents or minimizes imbalances that may lead to disease, whether from poor diet, lack of sleep, mental or physical strain, or chemical toxins in the environment. Ashwagandha can be used by both men and women.

1. A plant with several medicinal properties, is known to help treat disorders such as fatigue

2. Because of its anti-stress properties, Ashwagandha is useful in treating stress-related illnesses. Researchers at the University of Texas Health Science Center also evaluated the effects of the herb and found that extracts of the Ashwagandha had activities that were similar to GABA that might tell us why the herb is so effective in providing stress relief.

3. It has been administered as a natural anti-depressant with no side effects. A study involving 25 individuals with depression found that ashwagandha supplementation over a period of two months offered noticeable improvement in both anxiety and depression symptoms.

4. It has also been used to enhance sexual potency for men and women and is widely recognized for its rejuvenating properties. Ashwagandha root was used historically as an aphrodisiac. This herb is mentioned in the ancient Kama Sutra as an herb to be used for heightening sexual experience, This herb has the ability to restore sexual health and improve overall vitality while promoting a calm state of mind. Laboratory studies show it can produce nitric oxide which is known to dilate blood vessels.

5. Ashwagandha which has been called the “Indian Ginseng” has an amazing quality that is rare among medicinal herbs. It is generally acknowledged to have the ability to revitalize and improve human memory.

6. Hair loss may be caused by a lot of things. One factor is a weakened immune system. Ashwagandha provides hope to those having hair loss problems. Ashwagandha makes you feel energized and healthier. It stops stress, increases vigor and may help regrow lost hair.

7. Ashwagandha has been the subject of several recent, significant, independent studies, which point to its possible, promising effectiveness in stimulating the thyroid, and subsequently relieving the effects of hypothyroidism, or under active thyroid, including weight gain, depression, constipation and sluggishness

8. Helps control the levels of the stress hormone cortisol, which may mean less belly fat!

9. Can be used as a natural alternative for menopause. Ashwagandha is helpful in dealing with sleeping trouble, alleviating stress, increasing stamina and balancing hormones by working with the adrenal glands. The antioxidants in ashwagandha help reduce symptoms like mild hot flashes, anxiety and depression associated with menopause.

10. Great for those who suffer from mild anxiety and want to try a natural remedy. A study done in 1991 at the Department of Pharmacology, University of Texas Health Science Center indicated that extracts of ashwagandha had GABA-like activity. This may account for this herb’s anti-anxiety effects.

11. One small study found ashwagandha root was able to reduce blood sugar and cholesterol levels, and had a diuretic effect.

12. Ashwagandha is used in India to treat mental deficits in geriatric patients, including amnesia.

13. For a 2008 study, scientists tested ashwagandha's effects on human cartilage and found that the herb may help protect against inflammation and cartilage damage associated with osteoarthritis.

14. Helps with fertility. In a study men and women were given root powder of W. somnifera for 3 months. Results showed decrease in stress, improved the level of anti-oxidants and improved overall semen quality in a significant number of individuals. The treatment resulted in pregnancy in the partners of 14% of the patients.

15. Ashwagandha has been used to reduce the symptoms of drug withdrawal.
16. Eases alcohol withdrawal symptoms. In 2009, researchers from the National Institute on Drug Dependence at Peking University in Beijing evaluated the benefits of using traditional herbal remedies in the treatment of drug and alcohol addiction. While there's no data on humans identifying the advantages of using Withania somnifera for alcoholism treatment, the study, published in the "American Journal of Drug Alcohol Abuse," found that ashwagandha may help addicts reduce alcohol intake. Ashwagandha can be used to complement proven medications for drug withdrawal treatment, and possibly, prevention of relapse.

17. Relives adverse effects caused by alcohol consumption (hangover) especially when combined with Rhodiola. extracts from Rhodiola Rosea will sober up most people within less than an hour and have you wake up feeling like a night of drinking never took place. After all, a hangover is just leftover toxins from too much alcohol and adaptogens will help flush them out.

18. Ashwagandha also has antioxidant properties and therefore is beneficial for anti aging

19. Can help with Asthma symptoms. Many times asthma attacks are caused by allergies. Because adaptogens work so well on allergies, they can also greatly reduce the number and severity of asthma attacks. Asthma attacks can also be induced by stress; adaptogens take care of that too.

20. Ashwagandha has been found to have important healing effects on solid tissues, skin support, connective tissue, lymph tissues, blood vessels, and mucous membranes. Ashwagandha has found its most successful applications in treatment of conditions involving venous insufficiency, tissue inflammation and infection, and post-surgical healing.


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