Ashwagandha: A versatile rejuvenator.
Presenting the herb that makes you feel healthier, calmer and rejuvenated
Ashwagandha is one of the most versatile herbs in Ayurveda and revered for its rejuvenating and restorative benefits. Often referred as ‘Indian ginseng’, Ashwagandha is believed to impart the vigor and strength of a stallion, and has traditionally been prescribed as a general tonic to increase energy, improve overall health and vitality.
Where do you find it?
Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) is a small, evergreen woody shrub with yellow flowers & red fruits and grows wildly in all drier parts of Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and North-western plains of India. Popularly known as ‘Winter cherry’ in English, the herb is known as “Asgandha’ in Hindi, Gujarati, Kashmiri, Urdu & Panjabi, Angarberu in Kannada, ‘Amukkuram’ in Gujarati, ‘Pennerugadda’ in Telugu, and ‘Amukkaramkizangu’in Tamil. Traditionally, the roots are extensively used across most parts of South Asia for its diverse medicinal value.
Classified as ‘Rasayana’ in Ayurveda, Ashwagandha is attributed to have anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, calming, immunity boosting, arresting the ageing process, revitalizing the body in debilitated conditions, augmenting body’s ability to resist harmful effects of stress, and creating a sense of mental wellbeing. Here’s how the herb’s properties work for your body’s benefit.
Important health benefits of Ashwagandha
- Anti-stress: Chronic stress has immense negative effects on the body and mind. It can lead to fatigue, headaches, muscle pains, impaired metabolism, stomach upsets, lowered ability to fight infections & disease, hormonal imbalance, sexual dysfunction, impaired fertility levels, anxiousness, inability to focus and long standing problems of heart and blood vessels.
Ashwagandha works as a potent adaptogen that which modulates your response and helps the body cope with stress. Researches and observations about the ameliorative effects of Ashwagandha were validated through a series of clinical studies on chronically stressed individuals. Subjects felt noticeable improvement in fatigue, loss of appetite, headache, anxiousness, palpitations, dry mouth, sleeplessness, forgetfulness, in ability to concentrate and irritability. There was marked improvement in blood pressure, pulse rate and stress-related hormonal secretions in the blood.
- Rejuvenate and Anti-oxidant: Ashwagandha has been in use since centuries as a general health tonic with rejuvenative properties making oneself feel stronger and healthier. Known for its ability to improve energy, endurance and stamina, Ashwagandha is traditionally used to restore strength in general debility and chronic illness. This herb is said to have powerful antioxidants that is responsible for its anti-stress, cognitive-facilitating, anti-aging effects.
- Immunomodulatory: Ashwagandha has profound effects on strengthening body’s defense against infections and diseases.
- Anti-inflammatory: Ashwagandha offers anti-inflammatory effects by targeting key pro-inflammatory substances in the body. Either alone or in combination with other herbs, Ashwagandha is used extensively in a variety of rheumatological conditions
To state the obvious – this packet of power may well be the antidote to a number of stress-related problems we face today!