The Benefits Of Ashwagandha

Reviewed by Herbalist, Rasheeqa Ahmad on 20 July, 2019

The Benefits Of Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha is one of our favourite herbs in store because it alleviates many of the symptoms of a stressful modern life. It acts as both a tonic and a sedative making it a must-have in any natural remedy collection. Whilst Ashwagandha is well-known in Ayurvedic healing many of you may know it by some of its other names like Withania Somnifera, Indian Ginseng or Winter Cherry. In this blog post we will introduce you to some of the most useful facts about the history, uses and precautions to consider if you’d like to add Ashwagandha to your diet.

The Benefits Of Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha is a blend word coming from Sanskrit. The first part of the word – “ashwa” – means horse and “gandha” means smell. It was given this name for two reasons: the first being that it smells a little like a horse in its raw form and the second is that people believe it gives you the power and vitality of a horse!

How can Ashwagandha help?

There is a long list of ways in which Ashwagandha is believed to help the human body. These include:

- It guards the immune system by acting as an anti-inflammatory and an anti-oxidant.

- It help fights the effects of stress.

- Reduces symptoms of anxiety and depression without creating drowsiness.

- Believed to help increase focus, memory, and reaction times so it is often used by sportsmen and women before competition.

- Helps lower cholesterol.

- Enhances sexual potency for both men and women.

Ways of adding Ashwagandha to your diet

If you’d like to try Ashwagandha for yourself there are a number of easy ways to add it into your diet. Probably the simplest way is by taking Ashwagandha Capsules twice a day with water.

Herbal tinctures are another great way to get your regular helping of Ashwagandha. A sensible dosage when using a tincture is 1/2–3/4 teaspoon (2–4 ml) and it can be taken 3 times a day.

The Benefits Of Ashwagandha

To prepare a decoction, we would recommend boiling 3/4–1 1/4 teaspoons (3–6 grams) of Ashwagandha root for 15 minutes and leave to cool. You can drink up to 3 portions (750 ml) daily.

Precautions

Medical practitioners have warned against the use of Ashwagandha if:

- You are pregnant or breast-feeding

- Suffer from diabetes

- You have high or low blood pressure

- You are being treated for stomach ulcers

- You have a thyroid disorder

You should also stop using Ashwagandha 2 weeks before any scheduled surgery as, when it is combined with anaesthesia, it may slow down your central nervous system.

If you have any questions, our team of experts are happy to help and advise you on all your personal needs and requirements.

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