Common name: Aswagandha, Winter Cherry, Asagandh, Indian ginseng,
Botanical name: Withania somnifera
Part used: Root
Ashwagandha is a small, shrub-like plant belonging to the nightshade family. It is closely related to the common tomato. The plant is native to India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka, thriving in the semitropical environment of these regions. It produces small green flowers and round fruits that turn red when ripe. The name “ashwagandha” translates to “horse’s smell,” referencing the musky scent of the plant Ashwagandha is one of the most highly renowned rejuvenative herbs used in Ayurvedic medicine. A highly restorative powder for any age person. It has traditionally been used for post-partum support, pre-menopausal, menopausal and post-menopausal women who feel tired, stressed, anxious and overworked. This herb is known to relieve insomnia, strengthen vitality and tone the hormonal system, and is effective for calming the mind.* Store powder in refrigerator or out of direct light. Comes in sturdy plastic reusable jar.
What is in it ?
Alkaloid, Withanoloids - which are Steroidal Lactones, and Iron. These compounds resemble Ginseng, which is why it's commonly known as Indian Ginseng.
Withanolides: It has 16 amino acids out of which 7 essential enhance sexual health, improves immunity, boots up energy and endurance
Amino Acid: Amino acid aids in muscle recovery and enhances the capacity to cope with physical and mental stress.
How it will help you?
This herb powder is considered an adaptogen which is a nontoxic herb that works on a nonspecific basis to normalize physiological function, working on the HPA axis and the neuroendocrine system.
Ashwagandha root powder is effective for insomnia but does not act as a sedative.its rejuvenative and nervine properties produce energy which in turn help the body to settle and sleep. Thus it helps the body to address a stress related condition rather than masking it with sedatives. A herb that rejuvenates the nervous system, erases insomnia and eases stress.
Ashwagandha powder has also been shown to lower blood pressure and is highly effective in stopping the formation of stress induced ulcers.
In arthritis, which involves joints that are painful, dry, swollen and inflamed, Ashwagandha powder would be the herb of choice.
One of the special properties of Ashwagandha is that it will enhance ojas. Ojas is the most subtle, refined level of the physical body and is the end result of healthy food which is properly digested. It is responsible for a healthy immune system, physical strength, lustrous complexion, clarity of mind and sense of Well being. It allows consciousness to flow within the body. With decreased ojas, we are less in touch with ourselves and more prone to diseases and having a feeling of disharmony. 'Ojakshaya' (decreased ojas) is a condition similar to AIDS/HIV
Works well with Vitamin C, Vitamin B5, other immune modulating and anti-cancer herbs.
How to take
The most popular method is to take the Ashwagandha churna (root powder) 2 to 10 grams daily (can be split up over day) or as directed by a Herbal practitioner. Use mixed with juice or milk. Ashwagandha extract in tablet form (2-4 tabs. of 250 mg daily).
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