Ashwagandha the “Go To” Ayurvedic Herb – Ashwagandha, a plant native to India and Asia, is an adaptogenic herb that supports the body’s ability to maintain physical effort and adapt to various types of stress. Also known as an aphrodisiac, (the name Ashwagandha means “Smell of the horse”, implying stallion like virility) Ashwagandha can increase fertility or enhance sexual function. It contains properties that help increase the body’s ability to resist and recover from stress, boost energy, and providing an enhanced feeling of overall well-being.
The Uses of Ashwagandha:
Help inhibit fatigue, tension, and exhaustion from everyday stressors* Help promote body’s resistance to stress* Help promote mental clarity, concentration, and alertness* Help calm the mind and promote relaxation, vitality, and strength* Provide support against stress induced responses such as anxiety* Help enhance balanced energy levels of physical performance and endurance* Help manage symptoms of osteoarthritis, including inflammation* Help support healthy cardiovascular function* Help support blood sugar levels that are already within the normal range*
Ashwagandha contains many useful medicinal chemicals, including withanolides, (steroidal lactones), alkaloids, choline, fatty acids, amino acids, and a variety of sugars. While the leaves and fruit have valuable therapeutic properties, the root of the ashwagandha plant is the part most commonly used in Western herbal remedies . Click here to read more of what Deepak Chopra has to say about Ashwagandha