By Dr. Bob McCauley
I take a few herbs each and every day, and one of them is Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) – better known as Indian Ginseng. I know of no other herb capable of giving you the kind of endurance energy that Ashwagandha delivers.
- Reduces Melancholy and Apprehension
- Heart Tonic
- Defends Against Cognitive Decline
- Regulates Blood Sugar
- Pain Relief
- Sleep Aid
- Helps neurological function
- Eye Health
- Lowers Cholesterol
- Combats Stress
- reduces joint inflammation
- Better sleep
- reduces abnormal cell growth
- Respiratory health
- combats loss of skin pigmentation
- Muscle and nerve pains
- Menstrual Problems
- liver problems
- Even Combats Hiccups
Ashwagandha is the most popular herb in India. It is often called “Indian Ginseng.” Pictured left is a 2000 yr old manuscript describing Ashwagandha and it’s incredible health benefits. Ashwagandha is thought to have been used in India for more than 5000 years.
It is primarily known for boosting the immune system by increasing white blood cell production. It has a positive effect on sexual health by increasing fertility and sperm count. It is used as an aphrodisiac.
Ashwagandha is also used as a diuretic, reduces melancholy and apprehension, is a heart tonic, defends against cognitive decline, regulates blood sugar, pain relief, sleep aid, anti-epileptic, eye health, lowers cholesterol, prevents abnormal cell growth, combats stress. Ashwagandha is used for joint inflammation, reduce doubt and worry, sleep aid, reduce abnormal cell growth, respiratory issues, loss of pigmentation in skin, muscle and nerve pains, menstrual problems, and liver problems. It has even been used to combat hiccups.
Ashwagandha is a plant. The root and berry are used to make what Indians call medicine or more actually medicinal herb.
Ashwagandha is also used as an “adaptogen” to help the body cope with daily stress, and as a general tonic.
Ashwagandha improves cognitive ability. It decreasing pain and swelling (inflammation), and preventing the effects of aging. It is also used for fertility problems in men and women and also to increase sexual desire.
Ashwagandha is often applied to the skin for treating wounds. It can be used on open wounds in the form of a poultice. It has anti-fungal and antibacterial properties which help to defend against infection.
We offer Chlorella/Ashwagandha Tablets, which make it easy to take Ashwagandha since it has a bitter taste. Also the protein the chlorella helps the body to absorb the nutrients found in Ashwagandha more easily.
Scholars at Banaras Hindu University, India, have conducted research that has shown that many of the elements of Ashwagandhaare antioxidants. The researchers looked at the effects these elements have on the brains of test animals and found that Ashwagandha led to larger amounts of three different natural antioxidants: superoxide dismutase, catalase and glutathione peroxidase. The scholars conclude, “These findings are consistent with the therapeutic use of W. somnifera as an health promoter. The antioxidant effect of active principles of W. somnifera may explain, at least in part, the reported anti-stress, cognition-facilitating, anti-inflammatory and anti-aging effects produced by them in experimental animals, and in clinical situations.” For years, Indians have prescribed Ashwagandha as a treatment for cerebral problems in the elderly, including memory loss.
The name Ashwagandha is from the Sanskrit language and is a combination of the word ashva, meaning horse, and gandha, meaning smell. The root has a strong aroma that is described as “horse-like.”
Here is my video on Ashwagandha.