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Ashwagandha: Health benefits and Side Effects | Dosage & Reviews

Ashwagandha health benefits and side effects with usage and proper dosage with proper medical recommendations and its placebo effect

Ashwagandha Plant
Ashwagandha Plant

Where Ashwagandha comes from

Ashwagandha is an herb that grows in Indian sub-continent & in some parts of Africa. This plant’s root and fruit are used in various medicinal applications. The discovery of Ashwagandha is done thousands of years ago in India.

Ashwagandha Seeds
Ashwagandha Seeds

Ashwagandha is a medicinal herb as stated by Ayurveda. It can help you in brain and body relief. So brain relief means, it can relieve you from high level of stress.

Meaning of Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha word is made up of two hindi words i.e. Ashwa &  Gandha. These two words are meant as Horse & Smell.

Ayurveda i.e. Indian Practice of medication has a significant role of Ashwagandha as a whole. It is known as Rasayana. Which means an herb that can maintain your youth, mental health & physical abilities.

According to Ayurveda, there are uncountable uses of Ashwagandha for human health, but only some of them has been approved by the Modern medical science. So here we are going to provide you only some of those benefits which are supported by modern medical science.

Anxiety

Anxiety is a very common problem in young and adults. Due to over workload & smartphone addiction, everyone is under the influence of Anxiety.  Ashwagandha has shown a very positive affect on people suffering from anxiety.

A test was conducted by PhytomedicineTrusted Source and their results were given as. It was compared with many other other relief drugs that are used for lowering anxiety, Ashwagandha has shown much better results than all others.  

Arthritis

Ashwagandha has been seen as treatment of symptoms caused by arthritis. It acts as a pain reliever on the nervous system and let you feel less or no pain in your joints. Some research has shown that Ashwagandha has some anti-inflammatory properties in it. 

Ashwagandha helps in restoring brain’s health

There are various brain diseases which decays brain cells and the connectivity between neurons. This tends to memory loss and limited brain function. 

According to some research centres , Ashwagandha can repair the brain damage done by the diseases like Alzheimer, Huntington and Parkinson upto some extent. 

Ashwagandha can decreases Blood Sugar Levels 

A small but regular usage of Ashwagandha can help in reducing blood sugar levels in your body. People suffer from diabetes tends to increase a high level of blood sugar in their body. 

Ashwagandha can help in secretion of insulin in your body so that the blood sugar level in a body. Factually , the patients who were treated with Ashwangandha have seen an observing reduction of blood sugar upto of 13.5 mg/dL. 

Increases Testosterone levels in Male’s Body

Ashwagandha helps in male’s reproductive ability and testosterone levels. In a study of 100 infertile men, after treating them Ashwagandha, more than 80% testosterone levels has increased in a higher level. 

Those men has also been observed with an increased level of antioxidants in their blood. And the bonus fast is that , 20% of those 100’s partner were pregnant after the treatment. 

Increase in Strength & Muscle Mass 

Another bonus point for men has been observed by Ashwagandha is increased strength. Men who were fed by a calculated amount on a regular basis have seen an improvement in their muscle mass and increased strength. 

This test was done for 30 days and the dosage made by doctors which was given to men were 700mg to 1000 mg as per their need.  

Some other studies were influenced by the previous one. This showed that the use of ashwagandha can be helpful in body fat reduction and increased muscle in the body. 

Improves Brain’s Memory 

Already told about affects which can be used for treating brain diseases. If it is given to a healthy person (who has no brain issues with them) help in boosting memory and helps in any brain’s injury is caused by any accident. 

Anti-Cancer Agent

Cancer is one of the biggest threats to human health. Due to our polluted environment, no person can be seen as prone to cancer disease. Well here Ashwagandha comes to the rescue.

Ashwagandha has been proved to slow down the cancer cells growth and improves cancer patient condition. Research has been done to animals and it has been shown that it reduces the lung tumor. 

Multiple human cancers can be treated with ashwagandha or at least slow it down. 

  • Breast Cancer
  • Lung cancer
  • Kidney cancer
  • and Prostate Cancer

Lowers cholesterol and triglycerides levels

Ashwagandha helps in improving heart’s health by reducing the levels of cholesterol and triglycerides. 

It can also help in decreasing the blood fats levels. In case of two rats, the level of triglyceride was reduced up to 53% and 45%. 

Human trials haven’t shown such good results but they were good enough to use them for masses and help them in some marks. 

A test was done for two months aka 60 days. It was conducted on stressed adults. Those who took the highest dose experienced a decrease of 17% in bad cholesterol(LDL) and an 11% decrease in triglycerides

Reduces Inflammation

Ashwagandha helps in decreasing the inflammation. A study have shown that it helps in growth of killer cells which fights with infections and prevents you from all types of microbes around the environment. 

CRP or C-reactive protein is a prominent reason of inflammation in body, Ashwagandha helps in reducing it.  A dosage of 250 mg for 30 days can helps in decrease of CRP upto 6%. 

Balanced Hormones and increased sexual vitality

As we have already discussed about testosterone hormone. Not only that , it balances the thyroid and adrenal. Ashwagandha is helpful for both types of imbalance i.e. over hormonal secretion & less secretion. SO basically it normalises the thyroid levels in the body. 

Adrenalin plays a major role in human mental health. As this hormone controls stress and strength levels. A minor imbalance in this hormone can cause fatigue, fear, anxiety, worry and weakness.

Ashwagandha can reverse the symptoms of hormonal imbalance and helps you stay calm. Balance of adrenalin causes better energy levels, positive mood and self confidence in life. 

The imbalance of hormone can also create an imbalance in the human’s sexual life too. If it is used properly it can cure infertility in men and women. Basically it boosts NO (Nitric Oxide) in body to treat infertility. 

How to Use Ashwagandha 

As we have already discussed so many benefits of this magic herb. Then you must be excited to know about the usage of this herb in balancing your health. 

Before you think about having it directly in your lifestyle, consider some simple points. 

  1. There is no recommendation by Medical science to use it directly. 
  2. The recommended dosage by Ayurveda is taken in a very calculated way i.e. 450 mg to 2 grams.
  3. Ashwagandha is available in medicals stores in the form of capsules, powder, or liquid extract

Yes if you want to use it in your daily routine , then just follow these simple tips. 

  • Add it with your morning cereal
  • You can take it’s powder form with breakfast. 
  • Consider it as a supplement to your body’s health.  

When Not to use Ashwagandha 

Ashwagandha is a very useful herb. It has shown various positive effects to the human body But still, there are some side effects which can be seen , if not used properly. 

When having Stomach Ulcers 

Ashwagandha should not be taken if a person has stomach ulcers. It can irritate the gastrointestinal tract and spoil your ulcers in the worst

Auto-immune diseases

If you are suffering from these specific diseases, then you must not take ashwagandha as a cure. Because this helps in strengthening the immune system of the body. If you are suffering from any of these diseases, then avoid ashwagandha

  • Multiple sclerosis (MS), 
  • Lupus (systemic lupus erythematosus, SLE)
  • Rheumatoid arthritis (RA)

Pre and Post Surgery period 

Ashwagandha should be avoided before and after two weeks of surgery. As you know ashwagandha activates the central nervous system of the body , hence anesthesia isn’t much effective to body. This can affect your surgery success

Pregnancy and breast-feeding

Pregnant women are instructed to avoid ashwagandha intake. It can lead to premature delivery or miscarriage to women. So do not take any risk for this , as it can affect your body and your baby’s health too. 

Final Words 

Ashwagandha is known as the youth herb for humans in Ayurveda. But as we do not have full information about the effects of ashwagandha on human body. We prescribe you to take advice from your doctor before starting a ashwagandha regular dose. Every herb has some good and bad effects on human body, so taking it without any expert supervision can take you into troubles. 

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