Is Ashwaghanda A Miracle Drug?
When I first heard about Ashwagandha and some of its benefits I thought it was too good to be true:
- Reduces anxiety and stress
- Improves cognitive function
- Helps with depression
- Better sleep quality
- Increases muscle
- Lowers cortisol
- Incredibly safe
All of that in one pill? No way.
But it’s true.
But What is Ashwagandha?
Ashwagandha (withania somnifera) is a natural herb from India that has been around for thousands for years. Ashwagandha is a naturally occurring plant that belongs to the class of ayurvedic rasayana herbs.
Ayurveda (the traditional system of medicine in India) can be traced back to 6000 BC and Ashwagandha has tons of traditional and modern uses.
Ashwagandha is an adaptogen
Adaptogens are naturally occurring plants and herbs that help the body to adapt to stress, support every day bodily functions, and keep the body in balance
Ashwagandha has been said to have many properties
Ayurvedic practitioners say it rejuvenates.
Traditional Chinese medicine practitioners say it strengthens and stimulates the immune and defense functions of the body.
Russian scientists say it increases resistance inside the body to a number of stressors and normalizes functions
Clinical herbalists say it re-regulates disharmonies in your neuroendocrine and immune systems
Western scientists say it regulates the HPA axis and sympathoadrenal systems (which is fancy language for how your body’s hormonal system reacts to physical and mental stress).
Adaptogens can have very significant therapeutic benefits.
What that means for you
Many people who take ashwagandha say they feel more overall energy throughout the day.
Better sleep quality.
Better overall mood.
Waking up and feeling much better than usual.
Better libido and stronger sex drive.