Much has been said about the promising herb ‘Ashwagandha‘ Many of its medicinal benefits have been touted time and again. There has been yet another modern research conducted about the calming influence, Ashwagandha has on the brain. This particular test has indicated that, similar to just like other multifarious significant tranquillizing drugs, it affects the GABA receptors in the brain, and the fact that it acts on the acetylcholine receptors imparts the beneficial effects on memory. With its significant calming and yet strengthening effects, it is excellent for people run down by chronic illness and those suffering from stress, anxiety, overwork, panic attacks, nervous exhaustion and insomnia. From my observation of patients taking Ashwagandha over a period of 4-6 weeks, it certainly helps to enhance energy and positivity, engender calmness and clarity, improve memory and concentration and promote restful sleep.
Ashwagandha is one of the best herb for balancing Vata in the body. Vata is the factor that governs all body movements, including the movement of nerve impulses throughout the nervous system. When Vata is disturbed, one can feel tense, anxious and fearful, panicky, ungrounded. The mind races and it is hard to relax, let alone sleep peacefully. Ashwagandha is considered Sattwic in quality, which means it has a highly beneficial effect on mind and body, engendering calmness and clarity of mind, and helping to promote wisdom, love and compassion.
Just like ginseng, Ashwagandha, also has immense benefits for the immune system and may have a significant role to play in the prevention and management of cancer. Therefore it can also be seen as a cancer alleviating herb. It would not be an exaggeration to say that regular usage of this herb may be able to degrade the cancer causing elements big time. It may be able to limit the actual growth of cancer cells. In addition, research has shown that it can protect the activity of immune cells that are exposed to chemicals that would otherwise inhibit their normal function. This means that Ashwagandha could well reduce the side effects, including the suppression of white blood cells caused by radiation and chemotherapy. Further research has demonstrated that Ashwagandha may increase the sensitivity of cancer cells to radiation therapy. Its significantly beneficial effects on both the nervous system and immune system mean that this is a remedy that is well worth using in the treatment of auto-immune problems such as multiple sclerosis, psoriasis and rheumatoid arthritis.
Ashwagandha has a tremendous affinity for the reproductive system in both men and women. It is a very potent and highly effective libido enhancer and may result in great results that would surely entail satisfaction for the end-user. It is the main rejuvenative of masculine energy used in Ayurveda, improving the quality of reproductive tissues and increasing sexual potency, apparently verifying the ancients’ claims by giving the sexual energy of a stallion! It is prescribed as a tonic to the hormonal system and for treating sexual debility, impotence, low sperm count and infertility.