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Ashwagandha - Uses and Benefits

Alternative Names: Withania Somnifera, Physalis Flexuosa, Asagandha, Asana, Asgandh, Asundha, Asvagandhi, Fatarfoda, Hirimaddina-gadday, Hirre- gadday.

The Ashwagandha plant is a small evergreen shrub that bears bright red fruits and small greenish flowers. It belongs to the Solanaceae family and can grow to a height of two feet. It mainly grows in Africa, the Middle East and India. Ashwagandha, an Ayurvedic herb, has been used in India as an adaptogen for centuries. It is thought to help increase the body's resistance towards adverse influences. It is also an antispasmodic.

Ashwagandha is a herb which has been regarded as a 1st class adaptogenic tonic in one of the world's greatest herbal medical systems, an herb which can compare favorably to the world's most renowned herbal tonics such as ginseng (Panax ginseng) , astragalus (Astragalus membranaceus), reishi mushroom (Ganoderma lucidum) and South American suma (Pfaffia paniculata).

Uses and Benefits of Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha is similar to ginseng but far less expensive. Ashwagandha is a superior rejuvenative herb for the muscles, bone marrow and semen. It also helps person's suffering with stress, weakness, tissue deficiency, the elderly, overwork, lack of sleep, nervous exhaustion, sexual debility, problems of old age, loss of memory, loss of muscular energy, insomnia, weak eyes, cough, infertility, glandular swelling.

This herb has been valued by people of many generations - due to its ability to increase vitality, energy, endurance and stamina , promote longevity and strengthen the immune system without stimulating the body's reserves.

Ashwagandha is used by both men and women - it is a very good herb and acts to calm the mind and promote sound, restful sleep. Ashwagandha works as an adaptogen, promoting the body's ability to maintain homeostasis. It also helps to prevent or minimize imbalances that may lead to occurring of any disease, which may be due poor diet, lack of sleep, mental or physical strain, or chemical toxins in the environment.

How to Use Ashwagandha:

Ashwagandha is taken by mouth directly. Strictly follow all directions on the product package. If you are uncertain about any of the information written on it - do consult your doctor or pharmacist. If your condition persists or worsens, or if you think you may have a serious medical problem, seek immediate medical attention.

Dosage

Some experts recommend 3-6 grams of the dried ashwagandha root, taken each day in capsule or tea form. 9 To prepare a tea, 3/4 - 1 teaspoons (approximately 3-6 grams) of ashwagandha root are boiled for 15 minutes and cooled; 3 cups (750 ml) may be drunk daily. Alternatively, tincture 1/2-3/4 teaspoon (2-4 ml) three times per day, is sometimes recommended.

Adverse Side Effects of Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha is not a central nervous system stimulant, and it has an excellent safety profile. Most of the doctors have declared it for most people, but it may show some side effects in a very few people. So, you should first talk to your doctor before taking Ashwagandha.

Based on a long history of traditional use, ashwagandha appears to be well tolerated without significant adverse effects. There is little data from clinical studies. It is claimed anecdotally that large doses of ashwagandha may cause gastrointestinal irritation like nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.

Some other (rare) side effects of ashwagandha may include a slight rise in body temperature after one week of use.

Ashwagandha should not used in combination with sedative drugs otherwise it may lead to some side effects.

Interactions:

As a potential sedative-hypnotic, it may theoretically potentiate other sedatives; this has not been reported or studied, and such effects are unlikely to be significant.

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