Ashwagandha as an aphrodisiac is said to support reproduction and libido. The herb has been used for centuries to combat stress in women and men alike. Ashwagandha specifically targets the endocrine system and encourages hormonal balance. It supports good mood and healthy reproductive tract, combats mental and emotional stress, and manages infertility. It also helps women regain strength, and even stimulate milk production. Ashwagandha balances estrogen levels and reduces symptoms of PCOS. Avoid in pregnant women, as ashwagandha may cause abortion.
Ashwagandha regulates hormone levels, calms the mind and balances moods, thereby improving the body's response to both psychological and physical stress. It also counters the effect of toxic agents that can inhibit reproductive ability. Post-partum, Ashwagandha can help women regain strength, and even stimulate milk production. Large doses carry risk of abortion, so be cautious.
Perimenopause spikes a hormonal imbalance, with more estrogen than progesterone due to fewer cycles. Though menopause lowers estrogen levels, with progesterone lacking, this imbalance continues. Ashwagandha moderates the effects of high levels of estrogen over progesterone and mitigates symptoms like heavy bleeding, mood swings, or hot flashes. It can even serve as an alternative to hormone replacement therapy.
PCOS both leads to and is caused by stress. Ashwagandha lowers cortisol levels, restoring other hormones to normalcy and checking free radical damage. As it hikes insulin sensitivity, it lowers fat and the production of testosterone, the hormone disrupting menstrual cycles. Taken with other herbs, it induces ovulation, regularizes periods, and relieves period pain. It works best with a healthy diet and exercise.
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