Health Benefits of Ashwagandha for Men and Women
Ayurvedic herbs are the nature’s kind gift to us. We are using many Ayurvedic herbs from the ancient times and few of these herbs are still work as magic for us. Ashwagandha herb is one of them.
What is Ashwagandha?
The term ‘Ashwagandha’ is a Sanskrit word which means ‘smell of a horse’. This herb is called ‘Ashwagandha’ because the smell of its roots is similar to the smell of a horse.
Ashwagandha is a very popular herb not only in India but in the western world too. It is also known as ‘Indian ginseng’ and ‘winter cherry’. Ashwagandha is a short shrub and is cultivated in drier regions of India, Nepal, China, and Yemen. The extract of Ashwagandha is taken from its root, berry, and leaves. Its leaves and fruit have therapeutic properties but its root is the one that is mostly used. Ashwagandha root extract is used to make ashwagandha pills, capsules, and ashwagandha powder.
Health Benefits of Ashwagandha
Ashwagandha is a wonderful medicinal herb with lots of benefits. It is believed that the Ashwagandha herb has been used for over 3000 years to cure many stress-related problems. According to Ayurveda, ashwagandha has adaptogenic benefits that modulate the response of our body towards the changing environment, stress and low immunity. This herb has endless benefits. Here are a few of the many health benefits of ashwagandha.
Ashwagandha in Stress
In today’s life, stress and anxiety are becoming more frequently used words and feelings. In Ayurveda, it has been believed that ashwagandha is very beneficial in the case of stress and anxiety. Not only Ayurveda but different researches have also reported that ashwagandha regulates chemical signaling in the nervous system which blocks the pathway of stress. Many studies and experiments have proved Ashwagandha as a great medicine to reduce stress and anxiety. Its stress fighting ability also improves memory, so Ashwagandha herb is good to improve the memory as well.
Ashwagandha in Joint Pains
The paste of leaves of ashwagandha helps in healing the joint pains. 42 patients suffering from joint pains have taken part in a study. They took a particular dose of Ashwagandha and felt that after the regular use of Ashwagandha, their pain has reduced.
Ashwagandha in High Cholesterol and Heart Disease
Ashwagandha root extract is very helpful in reducing cholesterol. In one study, this fact has been revealed that Ashwagandha can lower the bad cholesterol without any side effect. In one experiment on rats, it has been found that ashwagandha has lowered their cholesterol by 53%. By reducing the high cholesterol, ashwagandha also helps in lowering the risk of heart attack.
Ashwagandha in Diabetes
Ashwagandha, with a blend of other herbs, can also help to reduce the type 2 diabetes. Ashwagandha herb is very effective in preventing and lowering the risk of diabetes. In a study on animals, it has been proved that Ashwagandha keeps up insulin production.
Ashwagandha in Cancer
Ashwagandha reduces the side effects of chemotherapy. It also makes tumor cells more sensitive to radiation. A study claims that Ashwagandha kills the human cancer cells.
Ashwagandha in Sex
Ashwagandha is a strong medicine to improve the sex life. The name of Ashwagandha herb is mentioned in the Kama Sutra as a potent sexual stimulant. It has different benefits for men and women.
Ashwagandha Benefits for Men
Ashwagandha root extract is able to stimulate the production of nitric oxide in the body. This production causes a dilatation of the blood vessel. This dilatation carries the blood to the genitals and that increase sexual desire.
Ashwagandha helps to reduce the hormones that reduce or affect the male fertility. With increased sexual desires, ashwagandha also increases the sperm count in men. It also increases the physical power in men and that too without any side effect. For low sex drive, men can mix 1 teaspoon of Ashwagandha in ½ teaspoon of Vidari and put this mixer in warm milk. Have this milk at bedtime; this will be really helpful to increase the sex drive.
Ashwagandha Benefits for Women
Ashwagandha gives menopausal support to women. It reduces the symptoms of anxiety and mood swings at the time of menopause. Like men, it also helps women to increase their sexual desires.
Ashwagandha also improves the fertility capacity of women. Stress, illness, and hormone imbalance are the few of the reasons for infertility in women. The herbs reduce stress, built stronger immunity and balance hormones and by doing this, ashwagandha improves the fertility in women.
Ashwagandha in Aging
Ashwagandha is also an anti-aging herb. Use of ashwagandha helps in rapid cell regeneration, which delays the sign of aging. It makes the skin smooth and wrinkle-free.
How to Take Ashwagandha?
Now, we know that Ashwagandha has several beneficial qualities, because of this, many of us want to use Ashwagandha to boost our health. Before including Ashwagandha or any other herbal supplement in your routine life, consult your doctor first and follow the doctor’s instructions.
Here we will tell you about a few ways of consuming Ashwagandha. Although Ashwagandha is really beneficial for us, it’s not easy to consume Ashwagandha because of its bitter taste. To sort this problem out, many pharmaceutical companies have launched Ashwagandha pills. If you want to consume Ashwagandha in churn (powder) form then you can roast it in desi ghee aka clarified butter and mix a tablespoon of date sugar. You can have it either in morning before breakfast or in the night before going to bed.
Is Ashwagandha Safe?
Ashwagandha is pretty much safe for a short-term use when taken orally. Safety of long-term use of ashwagandha is still not known. Exceeding dose of Ashwagandha can be harmful. Ashwagandha herb has no side effects but pregnant and breastfeeding women should not take it. People having the autoimmune disease should not take it. If you are taking some other kind of medicines, then do not take ashwagandha without doctor’s suggestion. Food and drug association of US has approved the use of Ashwagandha in many drugs and in India has been used since ancient times.
Ashwagandha can do miracles for our body but you should not consume it on your own. This article is not written by any medical practitioner but proper research has been done before writing the post. If you want to include Ashwagandha in your daily regime, do read more and also consult your doctor about it.