What is Ashwagandha(Ashoo)?
Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) is a herb used in Ayurveda, the traditional medicine of India. Its root has a horsey smell (in Sanskrit, ashva means “horse” and gandha means “smell”) and is said to confer the strength and virility of a horse. Various parts of the plant are used, but the most common in supplements is an extract of its roots.
What are Ashwagandha’s Benefits?
A number of studies suggest that it has anxiolytic (anti-anxiety) effects; studies are mostly supportive of a notable effect of ashwagandha for this purpose, and it seems to reduce cortisol levels.
However, more research is needed before we can have a great deal of confidence in it or know the optimal dose.
Ashwagandha(Ashoo) may also be able to reduce insomnia, fatigue, and the symptoms of depression, but it hasn’t been well-researched for these purposes.
It may increase power output in untrained subjects during resistance exercise and anaerobic running, but this observation is based on a small amount of research and more is needed.
It may lead to small reductions in blood glucose, blood pressure, and LDL-cholesterol, while slightly increasing HDL-cholesterol. Additionally, it may modestly increase testosterone and sperm quality in infertile men.
10 Health Benefits of Ashwagandha(Ashoo)
1. The benefits of Ashwagandha(Ashoo) are perfect for those battling stress, as it inhibits high levels of cortisol, ‘the stress hormone’. It is in fact used in tranquillizers and antidepressants drugs since it helps relieve physical and mental stress and overcome depression.
2. Ashwagandha has a rich history in Ayurveda for its wound-healing abilities. Traditionally, fresh leaves were used topically to heal joint pains, skin sores and to reduce swelling.
3. The results, published in the Indian Journal of Psychological Medicine show that Ashwagandha helps promote relaxation as it is a natural adaptogen.
4. In Ayurveda, Ashwagandha(Ashoo) is referred to as balya, which means giving strength in conditions like general debility. It is known to improve energy, increase stamina and endurance.
5. The exotic herb is a promising alternative treatment for a variety of mental degenerative diseases because it has demonstrated an ability to promote the growth of nerve cells and protect the brain cells from the harmful effects of the environment.
6. Ashwagandha(Ashoo) is used as an aphrodisiac as well since it supports sexual health.
7. It has been used for centuries as a general body tonic, as it makes you feel stronger and healthier. It is also present in Chyawanprash, the delicious and famous concoction stocked up in every Indian household.
8. In addition to boosting your overall immunity, Ashwagandha also has the potential to be a serious anti-cancer agent as it slows the growth of cancerous tumours.
9. “Ashwagandha(Ashoo) also acts on the endocrine system by encouraging hormone balance”, says Dr Ashutosh Gautam, Clinical Operations and Coordination Manager at Baidyanath. Studies suggest a reduction in symptoms such as hot flashes and mood swings during menopause.
10. The rejuvenating properties of Ashwagandha(Ashoo) make it very effective in treating insomnia. It calms the nervous system, eases stress and gets rid of sleeplessness.
Traditionally, it is used as a powder mixed with honey and warm milk for calming Vata and regulating your sleep and wake cycles. You can also have a cup of hot milk mixed with 1 teaspoon of powdered Ashwagandha(Ashoo) before bedtime.