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Ashwagandha-The wonder Adaptogenic herb of Ayurveda
Ashwagandha, which is also known as Indian ginseng or Withania Somnifera, offers a host of benefits first realized by the 5,000-year-old Indian Ayurvedic school of medicines. It is considered as the most popular adaptogen of Ayurveda.
The remarkable health properties of Ashwagandha(Withania Somnifera) have made it a health powerhouse revered in India for centuries, and now it is becoming popular in the United States, European countries and all over the world. It helps to bust stress, increase mental concentration, and even act as a libido booster for women.
Health Benefits of Ashwagandha
The adaptogenic herb has risen to popularity in recent years due to its stress-alleviating properties, making it a popular natural therapeutic treatment for those with high-stress lives and jobs. Ashwagandha, the ancient herb is well known as a nutritional powerhouse and this herb is renowned as an adaptogenic. It is very useful to tone and revitalize bodily functions and to maintain a healthy immune system. It can energize as well calm the body at the same time and improves the nervous system. It helps to maintain a healthy reproductive system in both males and females. It also boosts thyroid health and promotes healthy functioning of the adrenals.
Ashwagandha root used in ancient Eastern medical traditions especially in India as a rejuvenative (Rasayana)– and it has many benefits that Western studies have confirmed. It is no wonder that it has become one of the most popular Ayurvedic herbs in the Western world.
A 2015 study focused on cardiorespiratory endurance found that the root boosted endurance – but the headlines were stolen by a pilot study in the same year that described the extract as “female Viagra,” while in 2017 a further study revealed that the extract could also improve general memory and focus.
How to Use
While Ashwagandha’s powerful properties have made it a hit around the world, the root’s somewhat bitter and astringent taste, together with its pungent aroma, means that those taking the root powder often prefer to mix it with milk. It can also be added to homemade breakfast cereal for a powerful, energizing start to the day. There are different ways to take this wonder herb. If you are using its powder form then you can mix 1/2 teaspoon of it to 1 cup of hot water and 1 teaspoon of honey to sip like tea. It is also available in tablet, capsule and liquid extract form. Always consult with your doctor before taking about the dosage,
Contraindications an overdose
Over doses of this herb can cause stomach upset and diarrhea. It has otherwise been well tolerated in the few reported studies that available.
In pregnancy, Ashwagandha should be avoided in the West, though it is used traditionally during pregnancy in India. .