Ashwagandha, botanically known as Withania somnifera is one of the most popular medicinal herbs in the world. More specifically, it is recognised as a powerful ‘adaptogen’ that protects the body from physiological and psychological stress by adapting to the needs of the body. It also acts as a ‘rasayana’ (one that rejuvenates) that promotes longevity and works towards overall health of mind, body and spirit.
Ashwagandha In Ayurveda
Ashwagandha has been used in Ayurveda for over 3000 years to boost energy levels, ease stress and improve brain power. The ancient healthcare system recognises it especially for its strengthening, nourishing and building nature. More clearly, the medicinal herb is used to balance Vata and Kapha. Ashwagandha is fiery and unctuous in nature and so it can disturb the balance of Pitta and even worsen ama (toxic build-up).
Ayurveda unleashes several health benefits of Ashwagandha which are discussed below with facts.
Strength To Suppress Blood Sugar Level
A number of studies have proved that ashwagandha has the capability to reduce blood sugar levels. A test-tube study revealed that the herb elevated insulin secretion and improved insulin sensitivity in muscle cells. So, it may show positive effects on blood sugar level by its action on insulin secretion and sensitivity. Studies have also made it evident that ashwagandha show blood sugar level reducing properties both in healthy people and diabetics.
Ability To Reduce Stress Hormone Level
Cortisol, commonly called stress hormone is released by adrenal glands in response to stress or when the blood sugar level is low. Extremely high cortisol levels can lead to high blood sugar levels which can increase fat storage in the abdomen. In such a case, research has shown that ashwagandha can support the reduction of cortisol level.
Power To Fight Stress And Anxiety
As discussed above, ashwagandha is better known for its ability to combat stress. According to studies conducted on rats, the herb has the power to block the stress pathway in the brains by regulating chemical signalling in the nervous system. Other studies on humans have reported that it can effectively reduce stress-related symptoms and fight anxiety disorders.
Energy To Increase Fertility In Men
Ashwagandha is also known to have a powerful impact on testosterone level and reproductive health of men. One study conducted a test on 75 infertile men by treating them with ashwagandha. The result of the study showed increased sperm count and motility and also lead to a considerable boost in testosterone levels. The same study also revealed that the men who were treated with the herb showed increased levels of antioxidants in their blood.
Capacity To Increase Muscle Mass And Stamina
Ashwagandha has certain healthy properties that can help increase stamina, body immunity and composition. Some studies have also shown that the herb can significantly intensify muscle mass, strength, and size while reducing body fat – in men.
Capability To Alleviate Inflammation
Multiple studies on animals have confirmed that ashwagandha can reduce inflammation in the body. Studies on human have found that it accelerates the activity of natural killer cells (immune cells) that fight against infection and promote good health. Moreover, it has also been proved that the herb reduces markers of inflammation including C-reactive protein (CRP) which is a marker associated with the risk of heart diseases.
Potential To Enhance Brain Function
Studies both on test-tube and animal report that ashwagandha has the potential to enhance brain function and improve memory power caused due to injury or disease. The herb affects brain functioning positively by promoting antioxidant activity and protecting nerve cells from harmful free radicals.
A Word For Precaution
Just as overeating can cause primary health problems, improper doses of ashwagandha can cause side-effects such as abdominal discomfort and diarrhoea. However, the herb has shown good tolerance level in few studies. Although ashwagandha is traditionally used in India during pregnancy, the western world has recommended avoiding its intake due to its spasmolytic activity on the uterus and instances of abortions seen in animals when given extremely large doses. Additionally, Ayurveda suggests that due to the fiery nature of ashwagandha it should be given with extra care to people with excess pitta and ama.
The Role of Vatson Remedies In Providing Genuine Ayurvedic Medicines
Vatson Remedies is well-versed with the chief principles of Ayurveda and the natural medicines. Hence, we produce Ayurvedic medicines by extracting 100% fresh ingredients and combining them in perfect proportions. This ensures that every medicine provides 100% result when consumed as per the required dosage.
In the case of ashwagandha, we mix the herb with several other natural ingredients to create double effective medicines that act towards health and wellness of the body in definite ways.
Here is the list of our natural medicines that contain ashwagandha as a primary ingredient:
- Shahi Aamla Plus Kwath
- Vat Tone Syrup
- VO Three in One Cap.
- Venergy with Shilajeet
- Vatogesic Pain Cap.