Amazing Health Benefits of Ashwagandha or Indian Ginseng || Ayurveda Remedies
Ashwagandha, also known as Indian Ginseng, has a wide range of health benefits, including its ability to fight against cancer and protect us from diabetes. Ashwagandha help’s in reducing inflammation protects from arthritis, asthma, hypertension, stress. It boosts your supply of antioxidants and regulates the immune system.
Extensive scriptures describing the Ashwagandha plant and its medicinal properties have been mentioned in both traditional Chinese medicine and Ayurveda. In Ayurveda, Aswagandha has been given a special place to heal our body and reduce stress..
What Is Ashwagandha or Indian Ginseng?
Ashwagandha belongs to the Solanaceae family and its scientific name is Withania somnifera. It is also known as Indian ginseng or winter cherry. In Sanskrit, it is known by the name Ashwagandha, which means the odor of a horse. It is named so because of the odor of horse sweat that the roots seem to emanate. The plant originated from India and it grows best in dry regions. It is a robust plant that can survive very high temperatures and low temperatures, ranging from 40°C to as low as 10°C. Ashwagandha grows from sea level to an altitude of 1500 meters above sea level.
The use of Ashwagandha for so many centuries has aroused the curiosity of modern medical science, leading to an interest in investigating the medicinal properties of the plant. Preliminary studies on Ashwagandha indicated the presence of potential therapeutic abilities and it also showed no associated toxicity in the chemical constituents of the plant.
Scientific research on the plant indicates that it has anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidizing, anti-stress, sleep-inducing and drug withdrawal properties. Many formulations that are made from Ashwagandha improve the musculoskeletal problems such as arthritis and rheumatism. It also acts as a tonic that boosts energy and improves overall health and longevity.
So we know about What is Ashwagandha. Let’s see the use Benefits of Ashwagandha or India Ginseng.
Benefits of Ashwagandha powder :
- Reduces Stress :
- The benefits of Ashwagandha are perfect for those battling stress and hyper tension, as it inhibits high levels of cortisol, ‘the stress hormone’. It is in fact used in tranquilizers and antidepressants drugs, since it helps relieve physical and mental stress and overcome depression. So if you are suffering from stress at work or in personal life Ashwagandha will help you to overcome stress.
Helps in joint Pain:
- As we age our our bones get weaker. It is observed that after 30 Human beings bones are weaker and give rise to Joint pain and arthritis. Ashwagandha has a rich history in Ayurveda for its wound healing abilities. Traditionally, fresh leaves were used topically to heal joint pains, skin sores and to reduce swelling. Regular Intake of Ashwagadha helps in reducing the joint pain. If you are in your 20’s it’s high time you start adding Ashwagandha in your diet.
Improves Body Strength:
It is known to improve energy, increase stamina and endurance.
Makes your Stronger and taller :
- It has been used for centuries as a general body tonic, as it makes you feel stronger and healthier. It is also present in Chyawanprash, the delicious and famous concoction stocked up in every Indian household.
By 2030, the rate of people suffering through cancer would increase. This is because of our health living habit. Ashwagandha also has the potential to be a serious anti-cancer agent as it slows the growth of cancerous tumors
Helps you get Better Sleep
The rejuvenating properties of Ashwagandha make it very effective in treating insomnia. It calms the nervous system, eases stress and gets rid of sleeplessness. Traditionally, it is used as a powder mixed with honey and warm milk for calming Vata and regulating your sleep and wake cycles. You can also have a cup of hot milk mixed with 1 teaspoon of powdered Ashwagandha before bedtime.
Fight’s Aging and Makes you look younger
Tired of looking in the mirror at wrinkled, dry, sagging skin? Ashwagandha to the rescue. Its potent antioxidant properties help protect the skin against free radical damage and slow down the ageing process by firming up your skin for a more youthful look. Ashwagandha stimulates DHEA, which is a precursor to both testosterone and estrogen and stimulates the production of natural skin oils. It also promotes the production of vital compounds and proteins for healthy skin such as hyaluronan for skin hydration, elastin to keep the skin supple and collagen for skin strength. For glowing skin, you can also use Ashwagandha as a toner with dried ginger and lemon.
Gives you great looking healthy Hair
Used in shampoos, Ashwagandha is believed to help improve scalp circulation and strengthen the hair, as well as help get rid of dandruff. It also appears to stimulate production of melanin, the pigment responsible for the colour of your hair. So, it may actually reverse greying of hair. And if that wasn’t enough, it also helps deal with hair loss.
Now let’s see the risk of Using Ashwagandha
Risks of Using Ashwagandha
Risk for Pregnant Women: Pregnant women are advised to avoid consumption of Ashwagandha, as it possesses abortifacient properties.
Risk of Medical Interactions: Doctors advise caution while using Ashwagandha because it could interact with regular medications, especially for those who are suffering from diseases like diabetes, hypertension, anxiety, depression, and insomnia.
Other: Too much of anything is bad.Avoid consumption of Ashwagandha in large amounts, as this may have side effects such as diarrhea, upset stomach, and nausea.
How Can Ashwagandha Be Taken?
Ashwagandha root is available in the market either in powdered form, dried form, or fresh root form.
You could also take Ashwagandha root powder, along with a glass of hot milk before going to sleep.
I personally take Himalaya’s Ashwagandha tablet twice a day.
My personal Experience with 6 months of Ashwagandha use :
- Reduces Stress
- Better skin
- Increased my weight by 4 kg
- Reduce in dark circles
- Most important, I feel in good mood through out the day.
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