While some claim that ashwagandha triggers the human growth hormone, no scientist agrees. The herb cannot make you grow taller but it can surely keep you from losing your natural height with age. It can strengthen your bones by helping form new bones, increase bone mineral density, and heal injured and osteoporotic bones, keeping your posture erect. By lowering your stress and inflammation, it also gives you a healthy appearance.
Ashwagandha, with its withaferin A, prevents the loss of bone mineral density, especially after menopause, increases the action of bone-producing genes, and reduces bone resorption. It also lowers stress and inflammation, a major cause of bone loss. It also promotes bone healing after injury and repairs osteoporotic bones.
Ashwagandha has been making waves for many reasons and we can now add one more to the list - protection for the heart. The versatility of this herb - as a hypolipidemic that lowers lipid levels; an adaptogen that reduces the effects of stress-related hypertension; and an anticoagulant that prevents blood clotting - all converge to reinforce its cardioprotective effect.
Ashwagandha has been known to bring alcohol craving down. It can also block some of the effects of morphine on the brain and increase GABA neurotransmitter levels to lower the anxiety that one experiences after a long history of alcohol abuse and after withdrawal. It is as effective as diazepam, a common medicine, in treating withdrawal symptoms.
Most palpitations are caused by heart-related problems or anxiety and stress. Ashwagandha protects the heart by reducing the bad cholesterol levels and can also lower the systolic blood pressure when combined with arjuna. An overactive T3 hormone, especially in hyperthyroidism patients, and high cortisol levels cause palpitations too. Ashwagandha can regulate T3 and lower cortisol levels by 28%, thus reducing palpitations.
Ashwagandha prevents non-alcoholic fatty liver disease by eliminating risk factors like high cholesterol and triglyceride levels, diabetes, obesity, and PCOS. This antioxidant prevents and reverses liver damage from free radicals generated by toxins like carbendazim and drugs like gentamicin and paracetamol. It also improves liver function by balancing thyroid hormones. Take 1–2 tsps of its powder twice daily with meals.
Ashwagandha (Withania Somnifera) is used for treating various kinds of diseases. Some of the medicinal properties attributed to this plant are sedative, hypotensive, anti-ageing, aphrodisiac, anti-inflammatory, bradycardiac, respiration stimulating, anti-tumour and radiosensitizing. In Ayurvedic system of medicine and health care, Ashwagandha is considered to be a rejuvenative herb, which in combination with other herbs and natural products is often used for prevention and cure of diverse spectrum of health problems.
Ashwagandha is a herb rich in antioxidants that can lower cortisol levels by 28%, fight cell damage caused by free radicals, and promote restorative sleep. That way, it cures chronic stress, improves insomnia, and reduces depression and anxiety. It also clears protein plaques, raises dopamine levels, reconstructs nerve networks and synapses, and improves muscle control and balance, thus helping patients with Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.
As an adaptogen, ashwagandha treats nonclassical adrenal hyperplasia (NCAH) symptoms by stimulating the adrenal glands to produce hormones the body lacks in this condition. It raises insulin sensitivity, regulates cortisol levels, and monitors female reproductive hormone production by acting on the thyroid gland, thus treating the diabetes and infertility caused by NCAH. Reportedly, its antioxidants also check hair loss.
Ashwagandha is a direct cure for chronic stress as it can lower cortisol levels by 28% and promote restorative sleep. By lowering BP and glucose, it treats hypertension and diabetes, both causes and effects of stress. Besides curing depression and anxiety, it can improve Alzheimer's symptoms by repairing damaged brain cells and reconstructing nerve networks.
Ashwagandha, blended with herbs like shilajit or kutki, matches standard glucose-lowering drugs in lowering blood glucose and cholesterol. In type 2 diabetes patients, it hikes insulin sensitivity and glucose tolerance and helps produce insulin by protecting pancreatic beta cells from damage. It averts fatty liver and heart diseases by lowering triglycerides and cortisol levels, boosting metabolism, and with its anti-oxidative flavonoids.
Ashwagandha strengthens hair roots, improves the scalp's grip on the hair (mixed with guduchi), and boosts the melanin content of hair. It fights stress, a major cause of hair loss, and promotes restorative sleep to reduce stress and brings the body back to balance. It also fights free radicals which are known to cause premature aging of hair. But it's best to ask an Ayurvedic doctor and not self-medicate.
By increasing insulin sensitivity and lowering your blood glucose and BP, a daily dose of ashwagandha can negate your risk of kidney damage due to diabetes or high BP. Besides fighting drug-induced toxicity, it mends damaged microtubules and balances electrolyte levels. As it destroys free radicals generated by toxicity, it halts inflammation, keeps the kidney tissues intact, and helps kill kidney cancer cells.
Ashwagandha treats PCOS symptoms like irregular period, infertility, depression, weight gain, and insomnia by restoring hormonal balance. It lowers cortisol (stress hormone) and testosterone, which, along with low progesterone, trigger PCOS symptoms. It makes the body use up insulin and lowers fat. It also fights cell damage by boosting immunity. Taken with other herbs, it induces ovulation, regularizes periods, and relieves period pain. Combine it with a healthy diet and exercise.
Taken daily, ashwagandha can lower cortisol levels by 28%, stress by 44%, anxiety by 69%, and depressive symptoms by 68%. It's better than standard anti-anxiety and antidepressant drugs as it stabilizes mood, relieves insomnia, and revitalizes the body without any side effects or withdrawal symptoms. Moreover, it can manage weight and food cravings in chronic stress patients. Have 3–6 gm ashwagandha root powder daily for best results but after consulting an Ayurvedic doctor.
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