Ashwagandha is sourced from Harshawardhan Wagaj who practices Natural Farming on his 0.5 acre in Shetphal, Dist. Solapur
Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera
) is a medicinal herb that has been used in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine for thousands of years. It is an adaptogen, which means that it has the ability to help the body to manage stress
Ashwagandha, also known as Indian ginseng, has a wide range of health benefits, which include its ability to reduce the blood sugar levels, fight cancer, reduce stress and anxiety, and increase fertility in men.
It also helps prevent arthritis, asthma, hypertension, and rheumatism. Furthermore, ashwagandha boosts the supply of antioxidants and regulates the immune system
. What’s more? It also has antibacterial and anticonvulsant properties.
Regular consumption of Ashwagandha can result in various health benefits. Let us look at these health benefits in detail below:
Controls Blood Sugar Levels
Ashwagandha has long been used as a remedy for diabetes in Ayurvedic medicine. A research report published in the International Journal of Molecular Sciences revealed that the flavonoids found in the roots and leaves of ashwagandha are used to cure diabetes.
Naturopathic doctor, Marie Winters, in a research study, published in the Alternative Medicine Review has described ashwagandha as an emerging and novel alternative in the field of oncology, in association with radiation therapy and chemotherapy, because of its cancer-killing properties. It is also of interest because it is known to reduce the side effects of chemotherapy without interfering with the tumor cell-killing activity.
Controls Cholesterol Levels
Ashwagandha, with its anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties, is good for cardiovascular problems. It strengthens the heart muscles and can also control cholesterol. A study published by the University of Arizona in the World Journal of Medical Sciences indicated that it possesses hypolipidemic properties that help in bringing down blood cholesterol levels.
Ashwagandha extract is believed to reduce the cortisol levels in the body and thereby possesses anti-stress properties. Traditionally, it had been administered to induce a soothing and calming effect on a person. A study published in the Indian Journal of Clinical Biochemistry found that laboratory rats treated with the herbal extract of Ashwagandha could withstand multiple stress tests that they were subjected to, as compared to a passive control group.
Ashwagandha supplements help in reducing anxiety. In India, natural Ashwagandha has been traditionally used in Ayurveda to improve both physical and mental health. The effects of this medicine, particularly on depression, were studied at the Institute of Medical Sciences at Banaras Hindu University, India. The study supported the benefits in relation to anxiety and depression.
Increases Fertility in Men
In addition to increasing the testosterone levels, Ashwagandha also helps in improving the semen quality. A 2010 scientific study published by the American Center for Reproductive Medicine indicated that Ashwagandha plays an important role as an aphrodisiac as well as a way to improve semen quality by increasing the sperm count and sperm mobility. This has been the reason why, for many centuries, people have been using it as a medication to please their partner in bed.
Aids in Muscle Growth
Ashwagandha has been found to be useful in improving the muscular strength of the lower limbs and helping recover weakness. It also has a positive impact on neuro-muscular coordination.
Stimulates the Thyroid Gland
In cases of hypothyroidism, Ashwagandha can be used to stimulate the thyroid gland. A 2011 study published in the Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology on its effects on the thyroid gland revealed that the root extract if given on a daily basis, would increase the secretion of thyroid hormones.
Research studies have shown that the consumption of Ashwagandha led to significant modulation of immune system reactivity and prevented myelosuppression in mice induced by immunosuppressive drugs. Ashwagandha capsules can help increase the red blood cell, white blood cell, and platelets count, which in turn help boost immunity.
Increases Blood Production
Hematopoiesis is the process of producing new blood. According to research published in Alternative Medicine Review, Ashwagandha possesses hematopoietic properties. The study showed that red blood cell and white blood cell counts increased significantly in rats which were administered with the herb. This could mean a positive effect on human red blood cells as well, thereby helping to prevent conditions like anemia.
Ashwagandha has been found to be effective in dealing with a variety of rheumatologic problems. The herb is known to act as a cyclooxygenase inhibitor that decreases inflammation and pain. Research conducted at the Los Angeles College of Chiropractors suggests that the herb has anti-inflammatory properties that come from the alkaloids, saponins, and steroidal lactones found within it.
According to Ayurvedic medical texts, Ashwagandha is effective in controlling bacterial infections in humans. A 2011 study conducted by the Centre for Biotechnology at the University of Allahabad in India and published in the Alternative Medicine Review showed that this herb possesses antibacterial properties. It also concluded that it was effective in urinogenital, gastrointestinal, and respiratory tract infections when consumed orally.
- A risk for Pregnant Women: Pregnant women are advised to avoid consumption of this herb as it possesses abortifacient properties.
- Risk of Medical Interactions: Doctors advise caution because it can interact with regular medications, especially for those who are suffering from diseases like diabetes, hypertension, anxiety, depression, and insomnia.
- Other: Avoid consumption in large amounts as this may have side effects such as diarrhea, upset stomach, and nausea.
- 1-2 tsp or 5-6 gram of the powder is recommended when you consume it for general well being. You can also take Ashwagandha for anxiety relief. However, when you take the herb for treating any specific disease you should consult a medical professional such as an Ayurvedic doctor for the dosage.
- Ashwagandha tea: You can make the tea by boiling the powder in water for 10 minutes. Don’t use more than a teaspoon in one cup of water.
- You could also consume Ashwagandha root powder, along with a glass of hot milk before going to sleep.