Ashwagandha is so well known for its rejuvenating properties it is often referred to as Indian Ginseng, though it is not actually part of the ginseng family. Considered a “building” herb, ashwagandha has the lore of being able to impart the strength and stamina of a stallion.
Although using Ashwagandha may not send you galloping through the fields, it has been shown to deliver significant health benefits.
Ashwagandha the Adaptogen
For starters, ashwagandha is an adaptogen, which means it is a substance that can help restore balance to the body when it is exposed to physical and emotional stressors, including environmental toxins, stress, insomnia, and harsh weather.
The herb does this through an ability to lower cortisol levels and act like GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid), a neurotransmitter that is associated with anxiety relief and mood regulation.
Ashwagandha has been valued for its calming features for about five millennia, as well as for curing insomnia, constipation, inflamed joints, parasites, rheumatism, skin irritations, and more. It is a key remedy in Ayurvedic medicine and a common natural treatment option among many areas of the world.
Does your immune system need a boost after you’ve been ill or recovering from surgery? Experiencing inflammation and pain from arthritis? Need a natural way to help you cope with the stressors of your job, relationships, financial situation, or family pressures? Ashwagandha could help.
What Is Special About Ashwagandha?
Ashwagandha contains a wide spectrum of potent compounds, including alkaloids, choline, amino acids, fatty acids, sugars, and naturally occurring steroids known as withanolides. The healing powers of the herb can be found in its leaves and roots, although it is the latter that is usually used in Western supplements.
Here’s a rundown of the healing benefits of ashwagandha that have been studied and reported: