Ashwagandha is an herb that has great significance in Ayurvedic medicine. One of its traditional uses was to strengthen the immune system after illness and another was to relieve anxiety. Its value lies in its ability to give energy and create calmness at the same time.
As many as 200 scientific studies support the health benefits of Ashwagandha. It has anti-oxidizing, anti-inflammatory, anti-stress and sleep-inducing properties. It also acts as a tonic to improve overall health and energy.
Ashwagandha is an ‘adaptogen’ which means it balances and stabilizes various physiological processes. For instance, it reduces cellular sensitivity to stress
1. Reduces Anxiety
Ashwagandha depresses the central nervous system, causing relaxation. This effect comes from the phytochemicals it contains, referred to as withanolides. They act as precursors to the hormones that regulate the stress responses in the body. This is helpful for anxiety disorders. Anxiety is often related to high-stress levels, coupled with adrenal exhaustion and fatigue.
Ashwagandha has also proved helpful in treating agoraphobia and stress-related infertility. Studies of Ashwagandha show that it is as effective as pharmacological drugs without the harmful side-effects. Anti-anxiety medications often cause side effects such as drowsiness, loss of sexual desire, increased appetite and insomnia.