Ashwagandha is a popularly known medicinal plant in Ayurveda. It has been used to promote vigour and strength since ages. The current ongoing researches are approving the fact that plant can be useful in malignant conditions. Ashwagandha is also known as Indian ginseng proves to be a beacon for many ailments.
Basic Information about Ashwagandha
Taste – Pungent, Bitter and Astringent
Qualities – Light and oily
Potency – Hot
Undergoes pungent taste conversion after digestion
Effect on Tridosha – Balances Tridosha especially Kapha and Vata.
Part used – root and leaves
Classical Categorisation by Charak
- Balya – group of herbs to improve strength and immunity.
- Brihaneeeya – group of herbs to improve body mass and nourishment.
Benefits of Ashwagandha
- Balya – improves strength and immunity.
- Vrushya/Vaajikari – acts as aphrodisiac.
- Rasayan – improves life expectancy and anti-aging
- Useful in cough/cold
- Useful in Vata disorders like – Parkinson’s disease, paralysis
- Useful in quick wound healing
- Anti-toxic therefore useful in detoxification
- Useful in leukoderma on internal and external application
- Relieves itching
- Useful in intestinal worms
- Useful for the treatment of muscle wasting/emaciation/post-tubercular treatment to improve muscle mass and strength.
- Improves semen quality and quantity
- Reduces blood pressure on oral intake
- It has anti-anxiety properties so widely used for the treatment of depression, chronic fatigue syndrome etc.
- Being rich in anti-oxidants and has hypoglycaemic activity, useful in the treatment of diabetes.
Top Health Benefits of Ashwagandha
- For Nervousness and Sleep Disorders – The somniferin chemical constituent found in ashwagandha is well known for its sedatives and anxiolytic effect. Due to the sedative effect of the roots, roots of Ashwagandha are used in the treatment of anxiety, nervousness, insomnia, fatigue etc.
- For tiredness in old age – Ashwagandha powder (10 grams) should be taken in a cup of warm milk regularly to relieve tiredness, fatigue and geriatric problems such as – arthritis, Parkinson’s disease and other age related neuro-muscular disorders.
- Boosts sexual health – This remedy also improves reproductive health of both men and women.
- Easy Conception – Further, ashwagandha also helps in easy conception in women as it helps to strengthen the ligaments, uterus and ovaries so as to prepare for pregnancy and as per Ayurveda principles; it improves the quality of ovum.
Methods to Consume Ashwagandha for Different Health Conditions
For leucorrhoea– 100 grams of Ashwagandha roots are soaked in cow’s milk. Later, it is boiled in this milk and further dried under the sun. This procedure is repeated for 7 times and as a result, powder is prepared. 2-3 grams of this powder should be taken daily along with a teaspoon of cow’s ghee.
Low-sperm count— For low sperm count, 2-3 grams of Ashwagandha powder is mixed with honey and cow’s ghee and must be taken regularly. This remedy helps to improve the senile debility and seminal disorders like – oligospermia.
Allergic Rhinitis – Equal amount of Turmeric-Ginger and ashwagandha fine powders are taken. 3 grams of this mix powder should be consumed early in the morning along with warm water. It is an effective home remedy for allergic rhinitis.
Ashwagandha milk for rejuvenation and promotion of vigour – 4-5 roots of ashwagandha or 5-10 grams of coarse powder is cooked well with 200 ml of milk and 400 ml of water. This is filtered and consumed when it is warm. This remedy promotes the vigour and is an established rejuvenator.
Heart care – Due to the anti-oxidant properties of Ashwagandha, it acts as a heart tonic as well. It improves strength of muscles of the heart. It is also useful in high blood pressure and to relieve stress.
External Use—Its external application in the form of root paste or in the form of oil prepared (in sesame oil base) is useful in relieving, pain, inflammation, chronic non-healing wounds, skin diseases etc. Its leaf or root paste is applied externally to treat painful swellings, abscesses, sinuses and cellulitis.
Because of its hot nature, people having Pitta dominance may feel hotness if used for prolonged period. But, if it is taken with milk or cow’s ghee this side effect is very much nullified.
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