Ashwagandha – Uses and Benefits

Ayurveda has always been a part of research since ancient times. Because of side effects given by Allopathy, people are now getting drifted towards natural remedies! There has been a lot of research which has been done on different Ayurveda herbs. Out of all the herbs, Ashwagandha is gaining a lot of importance because of its benefits! Since there is a lot of wrong information which is circulating around, this blog will help in giving proper information. Lets get into depth about Ashwagandha.

What is Ashwagandha?

This word is derived from a Sanskrit name. In literal terms, Ashwagandha means HORSE SMELL but Ashwagandha herb basically means that the herb is very powerful! It is also known as Withania Somnifera. Ashwagandha is normally a roadside weed so it becomes very important to use a known and reputed source.

What are the Benefits of Ashwagandha?

(1) Ashwagandha helps in improving the sperm count and increases the testosterone levels. It is also used in the treatment of erectile dysfunction. To make the complete use of the herb it is normally combined with kapikacchu and gokshura which are 2 powerful herbs used in combination with Ashwagandha. Not just men, Ashwagandha also has some proven benefits in women. It helps in dealing with infertility and cures helps in overcoming white discharge. In some research articles, it is also shown that it helps in enhancing breast milk production and helps in dealing with post partum depression in lactating females however there is no proven benefits for the same. Ashwangandha is normally compared with ginseng however This has proven benefits in many of the fields dealing with men and women.

(2) Ashwagandha helps in building the muscle mass, it can help in bulking up if it is taken with rigorous exercises. It helps in stimulating the nervous system which works on better recovery! In Ayurveda, Ashwagandha is called as Medha Rasayana which means that it helps in enhancing the brain and entire nervous system effects.

(3) Ashwagandha works as a sedative effect. Usually, if it is taken with milk it works gently on the brain which helps in giving sedative effect. It is also used in the treatment of insomnia. There are some researches which was done where it did show benefits in improving concentration levels and also helps in enhancing the poor memory issues. It is used in the treatment of ADHD which is attention deficit hyperactive disorder which is often used in combination of 2 other herbs which are Brahmi and Reishi.

(4) Ashwagandha is used in the treatment of inflammatory joint disease. In Ayurveda there are 3 types of doshas which is responsible in driving the disease. When Vata dosha becomes predominant, it is likely to cause inflammatory joint disease. But there is a trick here, Ashwagandha is not given during active inflammation for eg during pain, swelling, redness. It can be only given during immobility during the chronic disease. There are some researches which has shown that Ashwagandha has benefits in treating chronic asthma and other breathing disorders.

(5) Ashwagandha has some proven benefits for patients undergoing cancer or HIV treatment for protection against further infections, it helps in improving immunity and it helps in enhancing the recovery status. Ashwangandha is very commonly used in combination with licorice root to get the complete benefits. This combination helps in getting people off the corticosteroids which is highly used during cancer and HIV.

(6) Ashwagandha is so far the most versatile and important herb which is used in all the Ayurvedic clinical practices soon!

What is the dosage of Ashwagandha?


When it comes to Allopathy, it becomes quite simple for the doctor to decide the dose and give it to the patients but when it comes to Ayurveda the question always comes up about what needs to be done during different diseases. So instead of any specific dose, in herbal medicine it is normally called as High dose, medium dose, low dose. There are researches which are done on the basis of the doses and side effects are decided. There are many diseases which has most common side effect of nausea.

So about the doses, it is normally used as 2-5 gram powdered root to treat most of the chronic diseases like chronic insomnia or chronic anxiety or irregular periods.

This was about the dosage of powdered root but Ashwagandha is also given in liquid form.

Ratios are decided and the most common ratio which is used is 1:1 between the powder and water. Dosage of 1- 2 ml is given for digestive disorders. In this case, capsules are also given but there are absorption issues which are noticed in during the research. It is not good for people who are gut sensitive but it is very difficult for us to decide who is gut sensitive and who is not. So it is always better if you avoid capsule and take it in the concoction or powder form. For more info visit @ Eyogguroo .

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Dr. Trishala Chopra

With varied degrees, Trishala Chopra gets a complete hold in her subject! She is currently pursuing her doctorate in the field of alternative therapies and her diploma in sports nutrition. Her knowledge in the field of naturopathy,yoga, ayurveda, clinical nutrition, nutraceuticals makes her a complete package of knowledge!

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