Ashwagandha (Withania Somnifera)
Ashwagandha (Withania Somnifera) is a plant. The root and berry are used to make medicine. Ashwagandha is used for arthritis, anxiety, trouble sleeping (insomnia), backache.
Ashwagandha is also used as an “adaptogen” to help the body cope with daily stress, and as a general tonic.
Some people also use ashwagandha for improving thinking ability, 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.
In Ayurvedic, Indian, and Unani medicine, ashwagandha is described as “Indian ginseng.” Ashwagandha is also used in traditional African medicine for a variety of ailments.
How does it work?
Ashwagandha contains chemicals that might help calm the patient, reduce swelling (inflammation), lower blood pressure, and alter the immune system.
- Anxiety. There is some evidence that ashwagandha combined with deep breathing and a specific diet might reduce symptoms of anxiety.
- Attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Some clinical research shows that a combination herbal product containing ashwagandha may improve attention and impulse control in children with ADHD.
- Cerebellar ataxia. Preliminary research shows that ashwagandha in combination with an alternative form of medicine known as Ayurvedic therapy might improve balance in people with cerebellar ataxia.
- Diabetes. There is some evidence that ashwagandha might reduce bloodsugar levelsin people with diabetes.
- High cholesterol. There is some evidence that ashwagandha might reduce cholesterol levels in patients with high cholesterol.
- Male infertility. Some preliminary clinical evidence suggests that ashwagandha might improve spermquality, but not sperm count, in infertile men..
- Arthritis. There is preliminary research that ashwagandha taken along with other ingredients might improve arthritis symptoms.
- Parkinson’s disease. Preliminary research suggests that a combination of herbs including ashwagandha improves Parkinson’s symptoms.
The appropriate dose of ashwagandha depends on several factors such as the user’s age, health, and several other conditions.
Ashwagandha if found in Stresclin, a product with 125 mg of the plant extract.