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Herb of the week: Ashwagandha

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health benefits of Ashwagandha

Known by many different names including poison gooseberry, Asana, and Ayurvedic Ginseng, Ashwagandha is a medicinal herb with many health benefits. Ashwagandha is a shrub that falls under the scientific classification of the Nightshade Family. 

The scientific name of Ashwagandha is Withania Somnifera which means “smell of the horse” in the ancient language of Sanskrit. This is due to the unique smell the herb has and also because of its ability to increase stamina and strength.

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Ashwagandha is classified as a Rasanya in Ayurveda. Rasanya is Ayurveda refers to the processes and techniques that aim for longevity in an individual. Children, the middle-aged and the elderly consume Ashwagandha for different purposes. 

This herb’s composition is in such a way that many parts of the herb have attached benefits and medicinal properties. Like the roots are anti-helminthic and have the presence of aphrodisiac. Similarly, the seeds, leaves, and flowers also have beneficial properties like antioxidant properties and the presence of diuretic.

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Health Benefits of Ashwagandha:

Immunity System

Ashwagandha is known for its properties of boosting immunity and also helps in developing antibodies. It has these properties as it is an immunomodulator and it increases the count of platelets and white blood cells on the body respectively. Chawanprash is a very famous product, in which it is an important ingredient, given to children to help in making their body strong to outside threats. Read this article on 4 Natural Home Remedies to Boost Immunity to know more about the same.

Stress and Anxiety

Ashwagandha is well-known for being a herb that helps in stress management. Many Rasanya classified herbs are adaptogens, which help in reducing stress levels. Cortisol is produced in the body as a response to stress and Ashwagandha helps in reducing the level of cortisol in the body. Sweating, nervousness,  and trembling can be reduced with the intake of Ashwagandha. It also helps

Sugar and Cholesterol Levels

According to studies, Ashwagandha helps in maintaining sugar and Cholesterol levels in the body. It can have an effect on the level of insulin in the body; increasing the production thus keeping the sugar level in check. Having the property of being hypolipidemic, it is said that it keeps the cholesterol levels balanced.

Hair and Skin

Having antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties help in the maintenance of hair and skin. It not only moisturizes the skin but also prevents wrinkles and dark spots. It also keeps the scalp healthy and facilitates healthy hair growth. Check out this article on 5 Ayurvedic Home Remedies to Stop Hair Fall.

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These are a few among the many benefits of the Rasanya Herb. Some of the other uses include Treating asthma, increasing stamina, keeping your energy levels in check, helps with insomnia, and treating ulcers. The different forms one could consume the herb includes Ashwagandha Herbal tea, Ashwagandha Churna, and Ashwagandha Lehyam as prescribed by the doctor.

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