Ashwagandha is a miracle little shrub. Native to India, the Middle East and parts of Africa- ashwagandha has been around for hundreds of years used for its medicinal purposes. Ashwagandha is a staple in the Ancient Indian science of life known as Ayurveda. Ashwagandha is relied heavily on in this science because of its extreme array of benefits. The name ashwaganda, in Sanskrit, translates to “the smell of the horse,” referring to the herbs potent smell and ability to increase ones strength.
Ashwagandha and Ayurveda
Ayurveda is a science, meaning the science of life, coming from Ancient India about 5000 years ago. Ayurvedic medicine uses natural practices and plants to treat a variety of medical conditions. Ashwagandha is arguably one of the, if not the, most important herb used. Ayurveda uses ashwagandha to relieve stress (it is an adaptogen!), improve cognitive functioning and increase energy levels. It is considered a rasayana, a term in Ayurveda that literally means the science of lengthening the lifespan. Rasayana’s are practices and herbs that are anti-aging and should help you live longer, maintaining your health both mentally and physically.
- Adaptogen: combats effects of stress
- Immune system booster
- Improves cognitive functioning: learning, reaction time, and memory
- Aids in reducing anxiety and depression
- Helps reduce brain-cell degeneration
- Blood sugar stabilizer
- Lower cholesterol
- Increases sexual potency for both sexes
- Promotes new nerve growth
Dosage and Forms
Ashwagandha can be found in powder, capsule, and tinctures. Which means it is very easy to sneak it into your daily meals or morning coffee. Though it is known for its strong taste and aroma, don’t let that scare you away. This miracle shrub will do wonders for your mental and physical health. For those of you who suffer from insomnia or anxiety, having a cup of hot milk that with a teaspoon of ashwagandha or a capsule before bedtime is seen to be very beneficial. As far as dosage, this is something you will need to decide between your doctor and you. Often times it will recommend a dosage on the package and that is usually what I will abide by.