Ashwagandha which means ‘smell of horse’. An adaptogenic herb that is most popular in Ayurveda and has been used for about 2,500 years. Ashwagandha is one such herb which is also believed to give strength like a horse. In Ayurveda, Ashwagandha is considered a chemical that promotes physical and mental health.
Ashwagandha is also considered a winter herb. Its consumption in cold days is considered good for health. Cough is treated with the use of Ashwagandha. Its roots are crushed and cooked in water. Mixing it with jaggery or honey and taking it in light dose also cures chronic cough.
Immunity becomes strong
It has been told in many researches that our stamina also increases with Ashwagandha. Ashwagandha contains compounds that can modify the immune system according to the needs of the body. This helps in fighting diseases.
Hyper thyroid patients advised not to take Ashwagandha
Ayurvedacharya explains that thyroid disorders can be cured by the use of Ashwagandha. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine reported that people suffering from hypothyroidism benefited from consuming ashwagandha. The report suggested that ashwagandha root was consumed for eight weeks. This resulted in significant improvement in TSH and T4 levels.
Removes stress and insomnia
Ashwagandha has anti-stress properties which can reduce stress and anxiety. This anti-stress effect in Ashwagandha is due to two compounds called sitoindosides and acylsteryglucosides. Due to this, consuming Ashwagandha reduces stress. As a result, insomnia also goes away.
People struggling with the problem of sleeplessness can consume Ashwagandha. Not only the root of Ashwagandha, the leaves are also beneficial. Its leaves contain a compound called triethylene glycol, which induces deep sleep.
Ashwagandha has anti cancer properties
The botanical name of Ashwagandha is Withania somnifera which has anti cancer properties. According to research, it has the ability to generate reactive oxygen species that kill cancer cells. Researchers have found in their trials that Ashwagandha has the power to fight against lung, breast, colon and brain cancer.
how much to eat ashwagandha
There are three types of dosage of any herb in Ayurveda, high, medium and low. If an adult is suffering from depression, insomnia or any other serious illness then he can be given 15 to 30g of Ashwagandha root powder. It can be taken with milk, ghee or jaggery. However, before taking Ashwagandha, do consult an Ayurvedacharya. Ashwagandha dosages can be different for people of different ages.
There are many types of compounds in Ashwagandha
There are many compounds in Ashwagandha that make it special such as flavonoids. Not only this, Ashwagandha is called the mother of all antioxidants. It contains catalase, superoxide dismutase and glutathione. It contains alkaloids, amino acids, neurotransmitters, sterols, tannins, lignans and triterpenes. It is because of these compounds that Ashwagandha is in demand as a medicine.
1000 mg of dried Ashwagandha root powder contains
.04 g protein
.032 g fiber
.05 mg Carbohydrate
.03 mg Iron
.02 mg calcium
.08 µg carotene
.06 mg Vitamin C