ashwagandha

ashwagandha

An herb that has been used for 4000 years in India to relieve stress, increase energy levels and improve concentration. A native of India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, Ashwagandha is a very important herb in ayurveda, a traditional Indian medicine. Traditional uses of ashwagandha among tribal peoples in Africa include fevers and inflammatory conditions. “Ashwagandha” is Sanskrit for “smell of the horse,” which refers to both its unique smell and ability to increase strength.  An erect branched shrub with a greenish or lurid yellow flowers.

Ashwagandha in India is akin to ginseng in other parts of the orient. Both are touted for their longevity enhancing and stimulating properties, including sexually. Many of its health benefits are attributed to its high concentration of withanolides, which have been shown to fight inflammation, reduce stress and anxiety, improve brain function and fight infectious diseases and tumor growth.  These molecules are steroidal and bear a resemblance, both in their action and appearance, to the active constituents of Asian ginseng (Panax ginseng) known as ginsenosides. Some people even call ashwagandha “Indian ginseng”. Taken together, all of these actions support the traditional reputation of ashwagandha as an adaptogen. Helping to counteract the effects of stress and generally promote wellness.

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