Health benefits of Ashwagandha

Health benefits of Ashwagandha
The Botanical Name of Ashwagandha is Withania Somnifera Dunal. The plant of ashwagandha smells quite like horse.

The Major Chemical constituents are


Withaferin A; withanone, withanolide WS-1, withanolide A to Y; somnirol, somnitol, withasomniferin A, nicotine, preudotropine, tropine, solasodine, withasomnine, Sitoindosides VII-X, sominone, Sominolide etc. 
 

Benefits of Ashwagandha


It is a great herb for treating anxiety, depression, chronic fatigue syndrome, adrenaline fatigue and sleep disorders.
 
It improves body mass, strength and immunity of the body.
 
It acts as aphrodisiac due to which it improves sexual performance, useful in premature ejaculation and in some cases of erectile dysfunction.
 
It is full of rich anti oxidants which rejuvenate, nourishes the body, improves life expectancy and a well known elixir for anti aging.
 
It is useful in neurological and neuro-muscular disorders like paralysis.
 
It brings down inflammation quickly and wonderful wound, injury healing herb.
 
It helps to relives cough, cold,  itching, and useful in condition like pruritis, dysmenorrhea.
 
It is wonder herb for detox programs due to it’s anti toxic and diuretic action.
 
It is useful in treatment of intestinal worm infestation and leucoderma.
 
It is useful in asthma, chronic respiratory diseases.
 
It is useful in treating muscle wasting, emaciation, post tubercular treatment to improve muscle mass and strength.
 
It improves semen quantity and quality.
 
It exhibits hypoglycemic activity and is useful in treating diabetes.
 
 

Part Used- 

Ashwagandha root, Aswagandha Leaves, Alkali

Ashwagandha Dosage-

Ashwagandha Powder 3 – 6 g in divided dose per day.
Capsule – fo 250 – 500 mg – once or twice a day,

 

Side effects of Ashwagandha / Withania somnifera 

It can increases hotness, gastritis in people with sensitive stomach. In some cases, it can also causes constipation.
 
Ashwagandha taken in very high doses may have sedative effect. 
 
It can be used safely in children and lactating mother, under medical supervision.

It is best to avoid this during pregnancy.

 
References:
http://www.ajbpr.com/issues/volume2/issue4/FINAL%2017.pdf
http://www.lifeforce.net/pdfs/withania_review.pdf
http://www.krepublishers.com/02-Journals/S-EM/EM-06-0-000-12-Web/EM-06-2-000-12-Abst-PDF/S-EM-06-2-111-12-203-Kushwaha-S/S-EM-06-2-111-12-203-Kushwaha-S-Tt.pdf
http://www.ijpsdr.com/pdf/vol3-issue4/1.pdf
http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0075069

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