Ashwagandha known as Indian Ginseng, Kanaje Hindi, Kuthmithi, Orovale, Peyette, Physalis somnifera, Samm Al Ferakh, Samm Al Rerakh is a small evergreen shrub found in various parts of India, the middle east and Africa. Its roots and berry are used to make the medicines.
it is used to treat mental stress, increase stamina and power and enhances muscle strength and power. it provides stamina and strength to the brain and improves brain functions.
it has been used from ancient times to treat various disease in India as a traditional or alternate therapy of Ayurveda. In India it is known as the Indian version of ginseng.
Benefits of Ashwagandha
To Eliminate Mental Stress and Anxiety- It is considered as best medicine to decrease mental stress and anxiety. In many test-tube studies, it is found that persons with mental distress and anxiety get a significant drop in their mental stress.
It mitigates the problem of insomnia when it is given to patients with insomnia. In a trial of 100 patients suffering from insomnia and administering them ashwagandha for 3 weeks, significant results have been found.
To Reduce Inflammation- Ashwagandha is also used to reduce the inflammation of joints and bones. If it has been taken daily for 60 days showed a significant decrease in CRP (an inflammation marker) levels. It is recommended to take the dose of ashwagandha 250-500 mg daily to reduce the inflammation.
To increase Muscle Mass and Strength- Research has shown that ashwagandha may play a significant role in maintaining body mass and muscle strength. It is slow acting but results are eye-opening if taken 750 mg of dosage per day. It shows results after 30 days of dosage. It is recommended that the dose of ashwagandha should be taken for a long time for better results.
To Reduce the Cortisol levels- Cortisol works as creating stress and anxiety as it is considered a stress hormone. Studies have shown that ashwagandha may reduce the levels of stress in the body and reduces the fat storage in the abdomen. When cortisol level increases, our blood sugar also increases. It is well said that tension is the roots of all the disease.
It may kill the cancerous Cells- In ashwagandha, there is a compound named withaferin which is helpful in killing the cancerous cells.
It not only kills cancerous cells but it may be able to check the growth of cancerous cells.
Side Effects of Ashwagandha
Ashwagandha is considered safe and poses no problems to the patients. It is herbs and shrub which has been used to treat various disease for a long time in India under Ayurveda practice. Overdosage of ashwagandha may cause upset stomach, bloating in the stomach, diarrhoea, and vomiting.
It is advised that pregnant women are not allowed to take the ashwagandha as it may harm the baby and may cause liver damage and miscarriage.
Lactating women are also advised not to take ashwagandha as it may harm the baby.
Ashwagandha might increase the thyroid hormone levels, so if someone taking thyroid medicines is not recommended to take the ashwagandha.