Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) a multipurpose Ayurvedic herb also known as “Indian Ginseng” or “Winter Cherry” is ideally known for its adaptogenic (Helps the body to deal with stress) and rejuvenating properties. In Sanskrit, Ashwa means “Horse” & Gandha means “Smell” i.e. the plant smells like a horse and also gives you the strength and stamina like a horse.
Ashwagandha is a Rasayana (i.e. Increases longevity & Anti-aging), Nerve tonic, Uterine tonic, Sleep inducing or sedative, Anti-Diabetic, Immunomodulatory, Memory Tonic & calming herb. It helps in increasing vitality and libido. It strengthens immunity and is beneficial as a preventive measure for COVID – 19. It is balya (Energy booster & strength inducing) & bruhanya (Muscle mass increasing), hence is very useful after a long term illness or post-infections. It is excellent in degenerative diseases of Vata Dosha like Parkinson’s, Arthritis, Osteoporosis, etc. It helps in balancing Vata Dosha & Kapha Dosha.
Benefits Of Ashwagandha
For Stress And Anxiety
Ashwagandha is known to reduce cortisol levels in your body which in turn reduces Stress and Anxiety. It has a calming effect on nerves. It helps as a supportive treatment for ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder), Manic depressive psychosis, generalized anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, mental agitation, anorexia nervosa, Schizophrenia.
For Improving Fertility In Men
Ashwagandha is known to increase testosterone levels and also improve sperm count and motility. It helps in the treatment of Male infertility Impotency, Erectile dysfunction, Oligospermia, and loss of libido.
For Weight Loss
Consuming Ashwagandha regularly has been shown to reduce fat percentage and increase muscle mass and strength in the entire body.
For Improving Brain Function And Inducing Sleep
Ashwagandha contains some vital compounds that help in the growth of brain cells. It promotes cognitive functions and improves memory. It has a calming effect on nerves and fosters sound sleep.
For Heart Care & Anti - Hypertensive
Ashwagandha has excellent anti-oxidative properties. It is a heart tonic known to improve the function & strength of heart muscle. It helps in managing blood pressure caused due to stress.
For Female Reproductive Health
It enhances & improves uterine health. Useful in conditions of frequent miscarriages, uterine muscle weakness, loss of libido in females, infertility due to unknown reasons, leucorrhea.
For Neurological Disorders
It is a nerve tonic and helps in improving the function of the nervous system. It aids in disorders of Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Epilepsy, Seizures, Paralysis, Dementia, Headaches, Migraines, and vertigo.
For Immunity Boosting
It has a potent Immunomodulatory effect. It increases the body’s ability to fight viruses and infection. Helpful in fever, upper respiratory tract diseases, Asthma. It is a potential drug in the prevention of Covid-19. It reduces debility and enhances strength, thus very useful in post-infective care.
Formulation of Ashwagandha
1. Ashwagandha Churna
2. Ashwagandha Vati
3. Ashwagandha Ghrita
4. Ashwagandha Arishta
How to take Ashwagandha ?
1. It can be consumed as a herbal tea – 1 cup of water + 1 tsp of Ashwagandha Churna with Honey.
2. For strength – 1 tsp of Churna + 2 cups of milk, boil for 3-4min.
3. For general Health & Immunity – 1 tab twice a day after food.
(Kindly consume as per your digestive capacity, Prakruti and Illness)
As recommended by the Doctor.
Due to its hot potency, it can increase Pitta. Thus it should be consumed under the guidance of Ayurvedic doctors.
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