Ashwagandha Root Powder
More South Africans are becoming aware of the powerful adaptogen properties of Ashwagandha root powder for managing their daily stress and anxiety.
For at least 6000 years Ashwagandha root has been used in traditional medicine. The root of Ashwagandha is regarded as a tonic, aphrodisiac, narcotic, diuretic, anthelmintic, astringent, thermogenic, and stimulant. Ashwagandha is an evergreen shrub that grows in India, the Middle East, and parts of Africa.
Commonly known as ashwagandha in India, it is also called poison gooseberry and winter cherry, and it belongs to the Solanaceae family of the nightshade family. Ashwagandha is a combination of two different Sanskrit words, ‘Ashwa’ meaning horse and ‘Gandha’ which means smell. The combination of the two words reflects that the herb has a strong horse-like odor. Its biological species name is Withania Somnifera, and Somnifera means ‘sleep-inducing in Latin. Ashwagandha is known to aid in getting a good night’s sleep.
Ashwagandha is commonly used for stress as it is an “adaptogen“. Ashwagandha contains chemicals that might help calm the brain, reduce swelling (inflammation), lower blood pressure, and alter the immune system.
Traditional medicine offers several benefits that include the following:
- Helps to combat the effects of stress
- Reduces anxiety and depression
- Helps to regulate blood sugar levels
- Anti-cancer properties
- Offers anti-inflammatory and analgesic benefits
- Helps to lower cholesterol and triglyceride
- Improves learning, memory, and reaction time
- Helps with ADHD
- Stabilizes hypothyroidism
- Helps to keep control of OCD
- Helps with Cerebellar Ataxia
- Helps to reduce the signs of aging
Preliminary research shows that ashwagandha improves the symptoms of diseases including Parkinson’s disease, Rheumatoid arthritis, Osteoarthritis, Tuberculosis, Ulcerations, and other conditions.
You can use ashwagandha powder in many ways, from adding a spoonful to your morning coffee or smoothie to filling empty capsules and taking them daily. Ashwagandha works best if you take it every day, and sometimes it usually takes a few weeks to notice improvement although some do report a difference in as little as a week.