Ashwagandha is also popularly known as the Indian Ginsing. This medicinal herb is found in the arid regions of Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Sind and Rajasthan. The plant has long tuberous roots that go deep into the soil in search of water and has bright orange colored fruit. This plant is especially known for its benefits in treating various neurodegenerative diseases.
The plant Ashwagandha is known to have many medicinal benefits like the following:
Ashwagandha anti-inflammatory properties helps to reduce any kind of swellings in the body by building back the blood supply.
The most important feature of Ashwagandha is its property to reduce stress levels of the body. It helps to bring a calming effect on the brain.
The main function of the herb is its outstanding property of improving the efficiency of the brain and memory.
Another property of Ashwagandha is its potential to heal wounds and injuries and also helps in improving the immunity of the body.
Ashwagandha is also popular for enhancing sexual powers as it helps to increase the sperm count.
The plant is also said to have rejuvenating powers and prevents exhaustion.
It is also helpful in treating diseases like arthritis, asthma, bronchitis and anemia.
Even though Ashwagandha has many advantages, it is not free from side effects. Some of the common side effects are as follows:
The use of this herb can lead to dizziness and so should be discontinued if the patient complains of prolonged drowsiness.
The use of Ashwagandha is not advisable for pregnant women and nursing mothers.
The plant also should not be used by diabetic patients or those suffering from liver complications.
Ashwagandha should not be used by patients with ulcers and digestive problems.
It should never be consumed along with sedative drugs.
About three to six grams of Ashwagandha can be consumed three times in a day.
If added to boiled cow milk, about 16 to 31 gm can be consumed three times in a day.