Ashwagandha is also known as Indian Ginseng. It has lots of health benefits according to Ayurveda. The scientific name is Withania somnifera; also known by the name Winter cherry and poison gooseberry.
The name ashwagandha is a combination of the word ashva, meaning horse and gandha, meaning smell, reflecting that the root has a strong horse-like odor. Ashwagandha a natural herb found in Nepal, China, India and Yemen.
Let’s see few of the benefit of Ashwagandha
1. Reduces stress and anxiety
Ashwagandha is perhaps best known for its ability to reduce stress , as it inhibits high levels of cortisol, 'the stress hormone'. Also used in tranquilizers and antidepressants drugs. Since it helps relieve physical and mental stress and overcome depression. Hence a gentle massage with Ashwagandha oil helps relieve stress, reduce the negativeness and relaxes the mind.
2. Heals joint pains and wounds
It has a rich history in Ayurveda for its wound healing abilities. Hence crushed leafs is used to heal joint pains, skin sores and inflammation.
3. Increases stamina and endurance
Furthermore ashwagandha has immune boosting properties . Means giving strength in conditions like general debility. Also known to improve energy, increase stamina and endurance.
4. Treatment of Mental degenerative diseases
The exotic herb is a promising alternative treatment for a variety of mental degenerative diseases because it has demonstrated an ability to promote the growth of nerve cells, and protect the brain cells from the harmful effects of the environment.
5. Supports Muscle Strength
Ashwagandha can be useful in improving the muscular strength for lower limbs and helping recover weakness. It also has a positive impact on neuro-muscular coordination.
6. Treatment of Anti-inflammatory diseases
Ashwagandha herb acts as inhibitor that decreases inflammation and pain. Hence used in treating anti-inflammatory disorders like arthritis, spondylitis etc
7. Treating Insomnia
Also it contains rejuvenating properties makes it very effective in treating insomnia. It calms the nervous system, eases stress and gets rid of sleeplessness. Traditionally, used as a powder mixed with honey and warm milk. It can also regulate your sleep and wake cycles. You can also have a cup of hot milk mixed with 1 teaspoon of powdered Ashwagandha before bedtime.
Disclaimer: Pregnant women are advised to avoid consumption of this herb as it possesses abortifacient properties.