Ashwagandha undeniably falls into the category of natural medicinal herbs. This root has often proven its positive effect on human health. The use of Ashwagandha has many positive effects and is particularly known for lowering stress and boosting the immune system. A powerful herb that you will definitely want to know more about! In this article we would like to explain what Ashwagandha is, what the effects are and what you should pay attention to when using Ashwagandha.
What is Ashwagandha?
Ashwagandha comes from Indian medicine and is therefore also known as Indian Ginseng. Ashwagandha comes from the roots and leaves of the Withania Somnifera shrub, a plant in the nightshade family. The root contains medicinal properties and is rich in iron, antioxidants, tannin, glucose, potassium nitrate and fatty acids. The leaves are a lot less strong and are mainly used as a seasoning in Indian cuisine.
Ashwagandha is available as extract or in the form of powder. The extract is dripped under the tongue and Ashwagandha powder is drunk as a tea or taken in capsules. The pure taste is very strong, which is why the powder is also consumed in combination with fruit juice or fresh fruit.
The medicinal effects of Ashwagandha
Because of the very positive effect on the general well-being of people, Ahswagandha falls into the category of adaptogens. This is a certain recognized pharmacological category for medicinal plants that improve and harmonize physiological processes in the human body. Literally, adaptogen means "increasing adaptability".
Reduces stress and boosts your resistance
A mouth full of medical terms! In simple, understandable language, it mainly means that the effects of Ashwagandha are medically proven. This powerful root stimulates the adrenal gland and the production and renewal of red and white blood cells in your body. Important processes that can be disrupted by, for example, prolonged stress. The calming effect of Ashwagandha can bring peace back to the body and is even prescribed for annoying and serious conditions such as depression, chronic fatigue or a burnout.
In addition to the calming and stress-reducing effect, Ashwagandha is full of antioxidants and has an anti-inflammatory effect. A real boost for your immune system! It helps your body fight bacteria and is even used in regular cancer therapy, because of its shrinking effect on tumors. Ashwagandha therefore not only helps and supports mental complaints, but also relieves (serious) physical complaints and has a positive influence on your immune system.
Finally, the amount of iron in Ashwagandha is also a reason to add this medicinal root to your diet. Especially when there is anemia or suspected anemia. The list of disorders and ailments in which Ashwagandha is successfully used is much longer than just discussed and you can read it in the article “All about Ashwagandha”.
What to look out for
As with all medicines in the medical world, there are not only benefits to using Ashwagandha. The plant from which the root comes comes from the nightshade family. This means that misuse can lead to diarrhoea, vomiting and nausea. So always stick to the recommended amount to avoid unpleasant experiences.
Because of the powerful and versatile properties of Ashwagandha, it is nice to know exactly what the substance can do for you. That is why it is recommended to schedule an appointment with a so-called phytotherapist. This is a professional specialized in treating health complaints using herbs and plants. A phytotherapist can tell you more about the side effects, prescribe the correct dosage and perhaps combine the Ashwagandha with another herb that has the effect of awagandha.
To take full advantage of the calming and soothing effect of Ashwagandha, use the powder or extract at the end of the day or really before going to sleep. When you are calm and relaxed, the chance of a good night's sleep is greater. Avoid coffee and other stimulants during the day as much as possible, so that the Ashwagandha can do its work undisturbed.
Ashwagandha also restores the balance between tension and relaxation. If you are just starting out with Ashwagandha, you may actually be more tired. This is a sign that the herb is working! The accumulated fatigue sets in and it is very important to listen to it. Therefore, take it easy, do not plan your week too full and possibly take magnesium or B vitamins to support your energy level.
In addition to Ashwagandha, there are many other natural herbs that support and help the resistance reduce stress. Therefore, read carefully about the various healing effects, be advised by a phytotherapist and welcome the power of nature into your life!