Supplementing daily diet with Ashwagandha may be an easy and effective way to improve your health and quality of life. Ashwagandha is a well know ayurvedic medicinal herb that offer several health benefits, such as improved blood sugar, inflammation, mood, memory, stress and anxiety, as well as a boost in muscle strength and fertility.
This is commonly known as rasayana or rejuvenate herb. With time memorial, the Ashwa Gandha has been widely used in Ayurveda since ages with much positive effects and reasons for various medicinal purposes a most sought after for its uniqueness as an immunity enhancer. It enhances the proliferation of lymphocytes and increase natural killer cell activity in body. A clear and positive benefit of Ashwagandha, is not only it helps with building immunity, but enhancing protection against a wide range of common seasonal infections.
It still remains popular as an important ingredient of the most popular Ayurvedic treatments for many neural disorders that involve weakened immune function.
Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera, fam. Solanaceae) is commonly known as “Indian Winter cherry” or “Indian Ginseng”. It is one of the most important herb of Ayurveda (the traditional system of medicine in India) used for millennia as a Rasayana for its wide ranging health benefits. Rasayana is described as an herbal or metallic preparation that promotes a youthful state of physical and mental health and expands happiness. These types of remedies are given to small children as tonics, and are also taken by the middle-aged and elderly to increase longevity. Among the ayurvedic Rasayana herbs, Ashwagandha holds the most prominent place.
It is known as “Sattvic Kapha Rasayana” Herb (Changhadi, 1938). Most of the Rasayana herbs are adaptogen / anti-stress agents.
Ashwagandha is commonly available as a churna, a fine sieved powder that can be mixed with water, ghee (clarified butter) or honey. It enhances the function of the brain and nervous system and improves the memory. It improves the function of the reproductive system promoting a healthy sexual and reproductive balance. Being a powerful adaptogen, it enhances the body’s resilience to stress. Ashwagandha improves the body’s defense against disease by improving the cell-mediated immunity. It also possesses potent antioxidant properties that help protect against cellular damage caused by free radicals.