Ashwagandha is commonly called as “Indian Ginseng “ This is the vital herb of ayurveda . Ashwagandha translates to “smell of horse “ in Sanskrit. It asserts that this herb possesses the strength of a horse. It is also called as Rasayana , “The Rejuvenator “
Historical Usage of Ashwagandha
Ayurveda , the traditional system of medicine in India is practiced from 6000 B.C. The usage of Ashwagandha for medicinal purposes is as old as that . The root of Ashwagandha has been used in the preparation of tonic . This is given to children who are underweight . The paste of the Ashwagandha root is applied along with water to reduce inflammation of joints.
The leaves of the plant are bitter and are suggested for fever and swellings.
Studies on Ashwagandha
There has been extensive scientific research on Ashwagandha until the year 2020.
- It is a well known adaptogen due to its anti stress property which was confirmed by research of Dr. Singh , Abbas & Kalsi et al. Studies by Singh & Misra also confirm that it can be used in the prevention & Treatment of stress induced diseases like premature ageing, arthritis, diabetes & Hypertension.
- Anabolic effect : Ashwagandha has significantly increased the body weights in clinical rats.
- Intelligence & Memory : Singh & Udupa study in 1993 confirms that Ashwagandha boosts memory . When children with memory deficits or when memory is compromised due to head injury or prolonged illness, old age , Ashwagandha has a cognition promoting effect.
- Anti – Arthritic effect :Analgesic property of Ashwagandha soothes nervous system from pain response . It is studies by Dr Singh in 1984 and 1986
Different ways of consumption
Ashwagandha is available in the form of capsule, Tablets, Churna, Tea, oil. They can also be used in the deserts such as milkshakes, ladoo, Shrikhand.
Ashwagandha is said to be best when taken as powder, missing it with Milk or honey or in the form of tea. To prepare tea , add 1 teaspoon of Ashwagandha powder to 2 cups of water . Let it boil and reduce to half. Then add milk/honey of your choice and consume.
Precaution while using Ashwagandha
Ashwagandha may cause gastrointestinal disturbances, increase the thyroid levels. Please consult the physician before intake.
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