Ashwagandha – About the Herb, Uses, Benefits and Side Effects

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Ashwagandha - About the Herb, Uses, Benefits and Side Effects

In the 21st century, everyone is looking for different solutions to tackle their health problems. Especially those who suffer from stress, anxiety, high blood sugar levels, depression, libido and those wanting to reduce the risk of cancer. Unfortunately, there is no ultimate drug to treat these maladies however there is a herb that can manage them. This is Ashwagandha. Let us know more about the Herb in detail – Ashwagandha – Facts, Benefits, Uses, and Side Effects.

What is it? Facts about Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha is a rejuvenating herb used in Ayurvedic Medicine. Ayurveda is a holistic alternative form of medicine originating from India. It is around 5,000 years old. It focuses on natural remedies and wellness. Targeting the mind, body, and spirit.

Ashwagandha (Withania Somnifera) - About the Herb, Uses, Benefits and Side Effects

In Ayurveda, Ashwagandha is deemed to be one of the key herbs. Also recognizable under other names such as Indian Ginseng or Withania Somnifera. It derives from the Ashwagandha plant which mainly grows in dry regions such as Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, India, Africa, and China.

The name “Ashwagandha” originates from the Sanskrit language meaning – Ashwa – “horse” and Gandha – “smell”.

Legend states the root causes it to have a powerful smell like a horse and upon consumption, the strength of a stallion is gained.

Benefits of Ashwagandha

The plant is distinctly detected by its yellow flowers and red berries. The medicine is made from extracts taken from the root and leaves of the pants forming a powder. Moreover, the extracts contain many anti-oxidants helping a multitude of symptoms. It’s known as an adaptogen meaning it can adapt to stressors. Aiding the adrenal system by reducing cortisol to healthy levels. This prevents the immune system from slowing down. As well as reducing the amount of psychological and physiological stress attacking it.

What Part helps What? Uses of Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha - About the Herb, Uses, Benefits and Side Effects

Ashwagandha Roots- menopause, mood, memory loss, libido, arthritis, Alzheimer’s, reduces the chance of cancer, aging, high blood sugar, anxiety, high blood pressure and many more.

Ashwagandha Leaves- weight loss, metabolism, joint pain, skin, wounds, and hair.

Also, this herb has been given to underweight children in fortified milk like a formula to help gain weight.

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How to Take Ashwagandha

You can take Ashwagandha in many forms such as tablets, liquid, and powder. As well as using the leaves in tea. Be careful though on how much you take, make sure you do your research prior to consumption.

Side Effects of Ashwagandha

Several sources indicate pregnant women should avoid taking it as it can induce abortion. As well as causing early menstruation. However, on the contrary, other sources have said it’s ok for pregnant women to take as some do in India. If you are pregnant consult with a medical expert before taking.

Excessive consumption can contribute to diarrhea, vomiting, and nausea. Pay attention to the guidelines before taking them.

This herb is still undergoing a lot of studies to demonstrate its effectiveness. However, a lot of people have praised this world in the East as well as the West. You can find numerous studies online indicating positive outcomes. However, there are still a lot of studies being done as it is not recognized by Western Medicine as of yet. If you are taking prescribed medication you should consult with your doctor first as it may interact causing side effects from the interaction of the drug and herb. 

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