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Ashwagandha benefits

Ashwagandha benefits documented for stress and anxiety conditions

By Veena Deo

This article discusses about Ashwagandha benefits for a healthy inflammation, stress relief and more.

Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) is an Indian medicinal plant, is an ‘Adaptogenic Herb’. It is popularly known as the Indian Ginseng and is widely distributed around the world. It contains alkaloids, withanolides, withaferins, saponins.

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Animal studies have shown that steroidal compounds in Ashwagandha have antibacterial, anti-tumor, anti inflammatory activities, Some studies have shown Ashwagandha to protect against carbon tetrachloride- induced liver damage.

Ashwagandha benefits that are well documented-

It is highly esteemed by herbalists as an herb that destroys old age and disease.

Ashwagandha is bitter in taste, hot in action, and it alleviates vatha, kapha doshas (imbalances) in the body. In the Ayurvedic System of medicine, Ashwagandha is used as a tonic in geriatrics. It is prescribed for all kinds of weaknesses and nervous disorders.

Ashwagandha helps body develop resistance against diseases, endurance against stress, strain, helps arrest the aging process. It relieves anxiety, depression, irritability, headaches, loss of appetite etc. It is also useful in convalescence and is known to boost  immunity.

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Ashwagandha is an herb described in the Ayurvedic Pharmacopeia as an adaptogenic herb.  Maximizing the body's ability to resist stress, it enables the body to reserve and sustain vital energy throughout the day, and gives restful sleep at night. It is considered to be one of the best herbs for calming vata (moving things) and can be used by both men and women. It maintains proper nourishment of the tissues, while supporting proper functioning of the adrenals. This potent herb is also used to promote muscle strength and to support comfortable joint movements.

I hope the above listed Ashwagandha benefits are useful to all. Ashwagandha, Turmeric and Boswellia, when combined together, offer the best anti-inflammatory actions.

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Dr. Veena Deo is an Ayurvedic Doctor in India. All the information provided and on herbal supplements above and opinions expressed above are her own and should not be construed as medical advise. This information is provided for educational purposes only. For questions email at veenadeo@herbsbenefits.com

 

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