Ashwagandha is a type of plant that can be found mostly in India and certain parts of Africa and the Middle East. Its fruit is orangey-red and is one of the herbs known for treating certain diseases.
The horse herb
The name Ashwagandha is taken from the word horse (ashwa). It is also known as the winter cherry or Indian ginseng. It has been used for more than 3,000 years now when it was widely used in Ayurvedic medicine. The roots of the Ashwagandha is known to treat people with problems like arthritis, skin problems, stress, diabetes, insomnia, brain health, and even snake bites.
Traditional ingredient for modern medicine
Because of its medicinal properties, the Ashwagandha is made into a dietary supplement. This is taken by people who have those health conditions as well as for general wellbeing. Powdered dosages usually can be taken between 450mg to 2g.
Health benefits of Ashwagandha
A lot of medical research has been carried out on animals with very promising results. While there are still a lot of grounds to cover for human beings, Ashwagandha is known to bring benefits in:
- providing a calming effect for people with anxiety problems.
- being a pain-relief solution for arthritis.
- regulating blood pressure and cholesterol in the system. It also helps to reduce chest pain and helps in treating cardiovascular diseases.
- reducing the cell growth of certain cancers. This is still in the infancy stage but the results have been very positive.
Will you have side effects?
If taken in small (or recommended) dosages, it is very well tolerated by the human body. To date, there are still no studies to show that there are any long-term effects. However, it is not a recommended supplement for pregnant women.