Ashwagandha known as Withania somnifera is an ancient herb of India used from the ancient times in the Ayurveda. Ashwa means horse and gandha mean smell, i.e., Its aroma is similar to the smell of the horse’ body. That’s why we called it Ashwagandha. It is a native plant to India which grows to a height of 3 feet or more and produces a light green flower. Its flower bloom generally in mid-summer onwards which may develop into red or orange colored berries. Ashwagandha prefers full sun and fairly dry conditions and needs low to moderate water. According to Ayurveda, its root is beneficial for general weakness, infertility, impotence and other. Its root has many natural asteroids and alkaloids and when it enters into our body then it first impact is on the brain. In Ayurveda, we called it adaptogen herb because it helps to bring your body back into balance. It contains steroid but different from various synthetic steroids because it’s similar to the adrenal steroid that is the best thing for us. Its steroid has no side effect as other steroids have.
Anti-inflammatory and antioxidant:
Ashwagandha is the first line of treatment in the Ayurveda when any bacteria, virus or yeast infects our body. It helps to strengthen our immune system which fights against various infections. We tested it on the cow’s teats affected by Yeast. According to our study, it successfully cured inflammation of nipples and also helps to reduce the somatic cells. From this study, we can say that it has anti-inflammatory properties.
C-reactive protein (CRP):
It is a protein, produced in the liver. It binds with dead cells and helps us remove them from the body. Whenever a patient has a chronic inflammatory disease or autoimmune disease or has heart risk, Doctors mostly recommends CRP test for it. Usually, any healthy person’s CRP value must be less than 1 mg/l. If its value increases to more than 10 mg/l, then the patient may suffer from chronic inflammatory diseases. It may cause asthma and other high-risk heart problems. Sometimes it may increase in a healthy condition like pregnancy or due to certain medications. According to animals study, Ashwagandha helps in C-reactive Protein (CRP). Takes it 250 mg dose once a day help to correct CRP value if taken for minimum 28 days.
Increase stamina, help gain weight, and muscle strength
Anyone who is doing any exercise needs a proper recovery of muscle after exercise. Ashwagandha promotes healing and improves endurance. Weight lift is a stress on our body’s tissues. Our body has some limit for the stress recovery. After it, when our body has more anxiety than its recovery level, cortisol will increase. When cortisol level rises, it impacts the protein synthesis of our body. By using ashwagandha, we can maintain cortisol level within its normal limit and helps our muscles recovery fast. In ancient times, many peoples use it as an energy booster during the event of the war because it increases the cardio-respiratory response.
It is also useful to increase the height of the person who has a shorter height issue. It can significantly improve the height of shorter children.
It decreases the impact of the free radical due to its antioxidant property which prevents the formation of the cancerous cells. Thus, it prevents us from cancer. It also reduces the side effects of chemotherapy and other drugs used for cancer. Its antioxidant property is a good substitute for fruits and vegetable.
Apoptosis is a process in which cell try to kill himself. In chemotherapy, doctors try to kill cancerous cells so that cancer doesn’t spread to the surrounding cells. As we know that in cancer when one cell becomes cancerous, then it spreads to another neighboring cell. Ashwagandha decreases the energy of the cancer cells to stop its growth. It promotes the apoptosis effect in the cancer cell. It is a proven remedy for blood cancer in which it maintains a healthy ratio of the RBC, WBC and platelets counts in the blood and stops the cancerous cells growth in the blood.
Improves testosterone hormones and help to cure infertility problems:
Ashwagandha increases the testosterone level and decreases the cortisol level which causes stress and anxiety.
In the study, 41 men and 23 women were given ashwagandha twice a day for 60 days. After the survey, it was observed that both men and women experienced a 27% decrease in cortisol level but testosterone level is not checked in the study, but lower cortisol level always tends to raise testosterone level in the body. Because both cortisol and testosterone are steroids hormones and both are manufactured from the cholesterol. If cortisol produces less in the body, it means more cholesterol left for the production of testosterone.
In the second study, 50 male were daily taken out for the survey. Half of the men were given ashwagandha while the other half were given a placebo. After three months, ashwagandha group experienced a 15% rise in the testosterone while placebo group experienced only experienced about 3% rise.
In the third study, 3 gram of ashwagandha daily for three months given to infertile men. After this period, it not only experienced sperm concentration rises significantly but the average increase in testosterone level rises from 14% to 41%. Hence, according to the study, ashwagandha is a proven testosterone booster.
It also recovers our body from the side effects of over masturbation. If We take it with shilajit for approximately 30 days, it will heal all the side effects of over masturbation.
Natural energy booster:
Ashwagandha is highly beneficial for people who are weak and have underweight problems. It doesn’t increase body fat but improves your muscle. Testosterone is the main reason behind the muscle growth and thick hairs. As ashwagandha promotes testosterone production, it helps in muscle building. That’s why Most of the energy drinks have ashwagandha as one of the ingredients as it helps in muscle building.
According to the study, the person who takes ashwagandha has burnt double fat as compared to a person who takes a placebo.
It also helps us to improves both short-term memory and long-term memory issue. It also recovers a person who got a mental stroke and lost his memory. But we need to take it at least 6 months for this problem.
The solution for insomnia and anxiety:
A person who has to suffer from insomnia, they can take 200 mg ashwagandha as a medication for insomnia before going to bed at the night time.
Animals and human study proved that ashwagandha has anti-anxiety and mood alleviating capacity. Its relaxant property owes from the group of alkaloids called, witholides. It works as a depressant on the central nervous system, causing a sensation of tranquillity and relaxation.
In one scientific study published in 2009 in the peer-reviewed journal PLoS One, 300 milligrams of the ashwagandha was given twice daily. The study proved that ashwagandha has more benefits for the person with stress than the group that received physiotherapy.
In the recent study published in the Indian journal of psychological medicine, 64 subjects with a chronic history of stress took either a placebo or 300 mg of ashwagandha extracts once a day. After two months, the person who has taken ashwagandha experienced a 44% lower score on “perceived stress scale” as compared to the placebo group. The team concluded that ashwagandha is a safe and well-tolerated treatment for stress and improving the quality of life.
Ashwagandha helps to control blood sugar:
One of the significant issue with diabetes is that it causes other problem as it weakens the immune system and the patient feels weakness. Ashwagandha if taken with berberries vulgaris helps our body from a recovery in diabetes and also reduces blood sugar level. According to a study conducted by Judea Regional Research and Development Center, Kiryat Arba, Israel Electronic, it is proved that it stimulates the insulin production capacity of the pancreas which ultimately helps diabetes patients.