Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera)

Ashwagandha Plant

Ashwagandha is a sanskrit name meaning horse like smell. (Ashwa-Horse Gandha-smell).

Also known as Indian ginseng. Ashwagandha is a medicinal herb native of India & North Africa.

The powder or extract of roots is used as a medicine.

it can help your body manage mental stress. therefore It’s classified as an adaptogen.

Use of this herb as medicine dates back to 3000 Years, for various health conditions.

Many modern scientific studies also suggest its potential use in managing diseases.

The root extract has an active ingredient called withanolides.

Health Benefits of ashwagandha

  • Reduces the stress – it reduces levels of cortisol, a hormone that your adrenal glands produce in response to stress
  • Lowers anxiety and improves sleep.
  • Boost immunity.
  • Enhances muscle growth
  • Manages body stress
  • Improves memory
  • help reduce inflammation.
  • Lower blood sugar level
  • enhances male fertility
  • Manages body stress

Recommended Dosage(Source)

  • For stress and anxiety. 500–600 mg per day taken for at least for one month
  • For lowering blood sugar level. 250 mg to 3 g per day. In 3 divided dosage.
  • For Boosting fertility: 5 g per day.
  • Enhance muscle growth & strength: 500 mg per day for 2 months.
  • To reduce inflammation & infection: 250 mg per day.
  • To boost memory: 500–600 mg root extract per day.

Side effect of ashwagandha

Ashwagandha is safe for most of the people, however we should avoid prescribing to pregnant or breastfeeding women & people with autoimmune disorders.

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