Ashwagandha(Withania somnifera) is the ‘ginseng’ of Ayurvedic medicine, the traditional medicine of India and is considered an ‘adaptogen’, a term used to describe herbs that improve physical energy and athletic ability, increase immunity to colds and infections and increase sexual capacity and fertility. One reason for Ashwagandha’s reputation as a general energy-promoting, disease-preventing tonic may be its effect on the immune system-it is known to boost immunity. It is commonly used to increase vitality, particularly when recovering from chronic illnesses and pain management for arthritic conditions. Ashwagandha may also help regulate blood sugar which aids in suppressing sugar cravings.
Ashwagandha seems to show positive effects on the endocrine, cardio, and central nervous systems. It is one herb that could help your body produce it’s own thyroid hormones. Ashwagandha is used to restore male libido, cure impotence and increase male fertility. Studies indicate that the herb helps to reduce the negative effects of stress, slow tumour growth, treat anxiety and insomnia, and reduce cholesterol in addition to increasing sexual performance. Ashwagandha roots when used regularly helps to improve the conditions like emaciation of children, senile debility, rheumatism, in all cases of general debility, nervous exhaustion, brain-fag, low of memory, loss of muscular energy and spermatorrhoea. It increases body energy and vigor. It helps to rebuild the body system which is worn out due to chronic diseases like syphilis, rheumatism etc. It also replenishes the lowered energy of body due to over-work, mental exertion thus preventing early ageing.
In short its properties are: Strengthens immune system, antioxidant, rejuvenating. abortifacient, adaptogen, antibiotic, aphrodisiac, astringent, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-anxiety, anti-tumor, immune-modulating, diuretic; narcotic, sedative, tonic.
Some of its medicinal uses are:
It increases immunity to colds & infections, vitality, male fertility and libido. Combats impotence and helps regulate blood sugar and cholesterol levels.
Ashwagandha is very effective in conditions like habitual abortion, threatened abortion. It stabilizes pregnancy and balances hormones which stabilize pregnancy. The herbal massage oil which includes this herb is useful in many conditions like paralysis, epilepsy, sleeplessness etc.
Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, it has been successfully used in adjuvant therapy for arthritis. It reduces inflammation of joints and eases movements.