Ashwagandha is from the Sanskrit language and is a combination of the word ashva, meaning horse, and gandha, meaning smell. The root has a strong aroma that is described as “horse-like.” Also called as winter cherry.

Ashwagandha, one of the most powerful herbs in Ayurvedic healing, has been used since ancient times for a wide variety of conditions, and is most well-known for its restorative benefits Ashwagandha is often referred to as the “Indian ginseng”

The plant has been used for more than 2500 years to restore overall health and increase longevity.

Ashwagandha as an Adaptogenic herb. Ashwagandha is one of them. Adaptogens are substances (a combination of amino acids, vitamins, and herbs) that modulate your response to stress or a changing environment.

Ashwagandha is used for arthritis, anxiety, trouble sleeping (insomnia), tumors, tuberculosis, asthma, a skin condition marked by white patchiness (leukoderma), bronchitis, backache, fibromyalgia, menstrual problems, hiccups, and chronic liver disease.

Ashwagandha for improving thinking ability, decreasing pain and swelling (inflammation), and preventing the effects of aging. It is also used for fertility problems in men and women and also to increase sexual desire. The herb also has a reputation as an aphrodisiac both for men and women, and is believed to protect against infertility in men.

Studies have shown that ashwagandha can limit the cell damage by free radicals due to its antioxidant effect. Trial studies from the 1980s showed that the plant did increase hemoglobin levels and that it may help patients to recover faster after prolonged illness.

Contraindications:

Ashwagandha is not recommended for use during pregnancy and lactation.

If consumed in large quantities, it may cause stomach problems.

Daily usage:

As capsules: 1 to 2 g daily.
Standardized extract: 450 mg twice daily.
Tincture: 30-60 drops three times daily.

Note:

This article is to spread knowledge about Indian and traditional herbal medicines.. Consult siddha medicine specialist before trying herbs.. Prevention is better as always…

CATHERINE SHALINI RAJA
M.P.T.,MIAP.,PGDYN.
CARDIO PULMONARY PHYSICAL THERAPIST& FITNESS CONSULTANT.

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