Ashwagandha has been in use for thousands of years by the Indian community. And later Ashwagandha became the load stone of the more modern Ayurvedic all natural medicines. The reputation of the Ayurvedic natural healing process is well established and very well respected amongst its users.
Ashwagandha is also known by its botanical name Withania somnifera. It has other common names and may be recognized as winter berry by some people. Ashwagandha has come to prominence recently due to its exceptional established reputation of being the king of herbs. The reputation was gained because of the incredible potent healing powers that Ashwagandha has demonstrated over the years.
Testimonials from Ashwagandha users have generated enormous interest in this humble herb that grows in sandy waterless conditions. The interest is from scientists across the world that need to analyze the DNA of the chemicals occurring in this plant. The roots, leaves and berries of the plant are the main source of the remedy concoction offered to the patients being prescribed or buying Ashwagandha to cure their maladies.
1. Ashwagandha and stress management
Recent medical surveys show that 75% of patients visiting their doctor have a stress related illness. If you think the population of America is approximately 375 million people and 75% visit the doctor that is a whopping 225 million Americans suffering from stress or a related illness. That number does not include illegal aliens. It is hardly surprising that the health system is teetering on the brink of disaster.
So the answer is to find some way of effectively dealing with the stresses of everyday life by providing a coping mechanism to the millions of people who need it.
Ashwagandha has a unique set of compounds that are found in the cell structure of the plant. These compounds are powerful and safe to use. The compounds affect the nervous system and target the key causes of stress and anxiety that can possibly lead to an increase in more serious physiological issues that may lead to hospitalization.
Ashwagandha targets the endocrine hormone producing glands and specifically targets cortisol which is known as the number one hormone causing stress.
With a balanced endocrine system cortisol cannot escalate our feeling of stress and anxiety that we need to keep under check.
2. Ashwagandha stimulates the immune system
Everyone knows that a compromised immune system eventually catches up with us and we become sick. We are also aware that a combination of stress, lack of sleep and unhealthy eating reduces the effectiveness of the immune system and we inevitably miss days from work as we pick up the smallest of infections, viral or bacterial.
Ashwagandha is able to stimulate the oxygen supply of the blood that enables more white blood cells to be produced that will fight off infections.
This is not fantasy. Ashwagandha has been tested by scientists and pharmaceutical companies who have conducted tests on both mice and humans to measure the amount of white blood cells and platelets before and after taking Ashwagandha. What scientists found was truly remarkable and shocking as they had not witnessed a single plant based compound having such benefits. Ashwagandha had increased the white blood cell count beyond expectations.
The production of interleukin and interferon astounded scientists as these two important blood components fight of the stubborn aggressive conditions that our body must reject to stay healthy.
In parallel, the scientists discovered that Ashwagandha had oxidative effects that further supported the immune system in fighting of viral and bacterial infections.
3. Ashwagandha improves sexual function
The negative effects of stress surrounds each and every one of us and most of us are touched by stress as an effect of busy living. One side effect of our busy lives is our decreasing libido. In some countries such as Japan, the birth rate has dropped to a critical level leaving the country and future generations in jeopardy.
Ashwagandha provides an herbal holistic remedy and increases libido and fertility in both males and females. The oxidative properties of Ashwagandha combined with hormone control make Ashwagandha the perfect natural remedy for increasing libido and fertility.
The compounds in Ashwagandha have been proven to affect semen quality after only 3 months of taking Ashwagandha twice per day. Sperm quality also increased with the number of sperm present in semen and the sperm motility.
Men who take Ashwagandha have less oxidative species which improves the longevity of sperm that provides an increased window of opportunity for the sperm to fertilize the female egg.
Women who take Ashwagandha have also witnessed the benefits of this herb. The women taking Ashwagandha reported an increase in libido and faster arousal. Other biological indicators proved that overall the sexual experience was more satisfying after taking Ashwagandha.
4. Ashwagandha fighting tumors
The subject of tumors is something that we do not like discussing. But the fact is if you know the benefits of Ashwagandha you will have another option should you be faced with malignant tumor. In the United States the number one killer is cancer, and to be precise, ovarian cancer. There are many advances in cancer research and we should all know that cancer is no longer the death sentence it was 25 years ago.
Chemotherapy clearly is dangerous with terrible side effects for the patient. But advances in chemotherapy have not addressed how the toxic combinations of chemicals affect other organs as a secondary issue. Take for instance; chemotherapy drugs affect the muscle of the heart, increasing the possibility of heart attack.
Ashwagandha has an extraordinary combination of compounds that neutralize the side effects of chemotherapy while not interfering in a negative way with the chemo potential for killing the mutating cancer cells. Incredibly, Ashwagandha improved the chemo response and shortened the duration of the treatment.
Studies show that Ashwagandha has a positive effect on ovarian cancer cells preventing the cells from metastasis (spreading to healthy cells). Ashwagandha enhances the fight against tumors tenfold.
5. Ashwagandha and brain health
Depressions, anxiety and psychosis are specialized areas of medicine in western society. Psychological problems are increasing in all ages as we live faster paced lives and deal with the demands of work such as never ending stream of emails and the same situation continues with text messages. In today’s society the pressure is on all of us to be a winner. How we show we are winners generates a lot of unrequired pressures on a mental stability.
How often do we see our friends driving a new Mercedes or Porsche? Do they ever tell you what the true cost of the car was? In most cases the true cost was mental anguish when making a decision to buy something that you could do without.
We can take care of mental anxiety with Ashwagandha. It is an adaptogen; adaptogens are curative elements in reducing depression and anxiety. The adaptogens work by freeing the neural pathways allowing the neural network to function without restrictions letting both chemical and electrical signals flow.
When our neural pathways are open Ashwagandha can reduce inflammation of the brain, making the brain reach optimum performance. This results in the symptoms of depression and anxiety to diminish completely.
6. Ashwagandha combating obesity
Throughout western society, obesity is at epidemic proportions. The reason for this is the availability of junk and processed foods that are saturated with sugars and salt. These convenience foods are killing off generations of families and damaging society as a whole. With skyrocketing medical insurance premiums many people who have become obese and are exposed to a never ending spiral of weight gain and then ultimately have associated medical problems like diabetes and heart disease.
It is imperative that we take control of our own situation and find a way out of this dire condition called obesity.
Ashwagandha provides a feasible solution to obesity. Have you ever heard a fat person say he can’t help being fat, it’s his hormones? Well he is not lying to you.
The stress hormone cortisol causes many of us to pile on the extra pounds as it prevents our digestive system from working. If we can control cortisol, then we have a fighting chance to shed those extra pounds.
Ashwagandha works on the endocrine system that produces cortisol. It relaxes the central nervous system and reduces cortisol to its normal level. This enables the digestive system to start burning calories which will result in weight loss.
7. Ashwagandha prevents premature aging
The effects of Ashwagandha are amazing and for the aging population the benefits of exercise are important. When exercising with Ashwagandha in your system you will soon notice increased muscle mass. The interesting part is that pumping iron is not required. Gentle resistance exercise will produce muscle that you probably thought you would never see again.
Ashwagandha is packed with steroidal compounds that reduce inflammation and allow for extended workouts. At the same time, you will have noticed increased motivation as Ashwagandha works on your brain and nervous system.