Ashwaghanda

A single herb that acts on multiple bodily systems

Ashwagandha, also known as Winter Cherry and Indian Ginseng, is commanding global attention due to its multifunctional properties. This magical Ayurvedic herb is a potent nervine tonic, supports the immune system,  boosts memory, and has anti-ageing and rejuvenative properties. It is an active ingredient in many different sporting and wellness products, and also in dietary supplements, aphrodisiacs and stress busters. This herb can be taken on a daily basis to maintain premium health and wellbeing.

Most commonly, it is the dried roots of this plant that are used in health remedies.

Taxonomic classification

Scientifically known as Withania Somnifera, Ashwagandha belongs to the family Solanaceae. This is a perennial shrub commonly found in Asia, Africa and some parts of the middle east, which grows up to the height of 40 to 80 centimetres with orange to red fruit. Here’s the taxonomy breakdown...

  • Kingdom: Plantae
  • Subkingdom: Tracheobionta, Vascular plants
  • Super division: Spermatophyta, Seed plants;
  • Division: Angiosperma
  • Class: Dicotyledons
  • Order: Tubiflorae
  • Family: Solanaceae
  • Genus: Withania
  • Species: Somnifera Dunal

Let's now examine how this herb functions on different systems of our body.

Stress and anxiety:

Ashwagandha helps relieve stress and anxiety. When your mind/body undergoes a stressful situation, the stress hormone Cortisol is released from the adrenals. Studies show Ashwagandha’s ability to reduce cortisol levels.

Reduces Blood Sugar levels

Ashwagandha helps to stimulate production of Insulin and also increases the sensitivity of Insulin. It is one of the best multifunctional herbs used in management of Diabetes.

Nervous System:

Ashwagandha supports healthy nervous system function, providing anti-oxidants and naturally supporting the pathways in the brain for Gamma-aminobutyric acid, a neurotransmitter that is responsible for sustaining calmness and maintaining muscle tone.

Treats Depression

Ashwagandha possesses therapeutic benefits to fight against depression. Ashwagandha has adaptogenic properties and creates a sense of calmness and wellbeing.

Provides Strength, Stamina and Increases muscle mass

Ashwagandha helps to build muscles and increase strength and stamina. In recent times there has been a huge uptake of this herb in food supplements and sports supplements.

Anti-inflammatory

Ashwagandha possesses good anti-inflammatory properties and hence seen to used in various products. Studies have suggested that Ashwagandha triggers the production of immune cells that protect the body against inflammation.

Boosts testosterone in men

Ashwagandha has potent results on male reproductive system. This herb boosts the production of testosterone and also helps to increase sexual function in men.

Infertility in men

Ashwagandha helps to increase sperm count as well as sperm quality. This herb is very useful in treatment for male infertility.

Reduces Triglycerides and blood cholesterol levels

Ashwagandha helps to maintain healthy triglycerides and blood cholesterol levels.

At Ayurveda Family, we have a philosophy of "best of the best", always curating the purest, and most efficacious remedies. We have selected three of the best - Nisarga Ashwagandha, Organic India Ashwagandha, Herbal Hills Ashwagandha powder.

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By Dr. Sagar Vete

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