Ashwagandha, Benefits, Growing, How To Use

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Growing Tips :

The evergreen shrub ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), which also goes by the common names Indian ginseng and winter cherry, thrives in warm climates. The United States Department of Agriculture rates this plant as hardy from zones 2 through 9. This compact plant, which makes a somewhat rare and distinct addition to the herb garden, only reaches heights of about 3 feet, making it ideal for green thumbs on a space budget. Even better, drought-resistant ashwagandha only requires a little maintenance for healthy growth.

Family: Solanaceae (so-lan-AY-see-ee)
Genus: Withania
Species: somnifera (som-NEE-fer-uh)

Here are some tips for growing :

Step 1. Start your seeds in spring in a nursery pot or flat that you have filled with potting soil that has a bit of sand. Press the small seeds gently into your soil.

Step 2. Water your pot or flat and keep it moist and at a temperature of about 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Expect the seeds to germinate within two weeks. Thin seedlings to about 1 inch of each other when they are ½ to 1 inch tall.

Step 3. Prepare your outdoor planting area by digging a small amount of sand into the soil.

Step 4. Plant your seedlings in your outdoor planting area when they are 3 to 4 inches tall. Be sure to leave 2 to 3 feet between plants. Water well and keep the plants moist until they begin to show strong signs of growth. After that time, keep your ashwagandha fairly dry.

Step 5. Harvest the plant’s roots in the fall. You can also harvest its red berries and dry them for the many seeds they contain, which you can plant the following spring.

Benefits Of Ashwangandha :

While this short and stout plant has a variety of benefits, the most widely recognized benefit of ashwagandha is its ability to boost the immune system. In fact, several studies have reportedly shown it to greatly boost the immune system, increasing white blood cell production, helping to ward off illness and disease. It’s these benefits that make it a go-to choice in Indian herbal medicine for people in recovery who are looking to rebuild their internal system after illness.

But, immune-system benefits are far from the only perks of this plant. In addition, it is said to impact sexual health—increasing fertility and even sperm count. It has also been traditionally used as an aphrodisiac. However, the roots may actually decrease fertility for women, so be forewarned.

For wound care, the leaves of the plant are said to provide a healing poultice. In addition, the roots have antifungal and antibacterial properties—good for warding off infection.

The benefits of ashwagandha are many; in addition to promoting fertility, aiding in wound care, and boosting the immune system, some other benefits are:

  • Diuretic
  • Sleep aid
  • Galactogogue
  • Anti-epileptic
  • Anti-tumor
  • Pain relief
  • Eye health
  • Heart tonic
  • Lowers cholesterol
  • Regulates blood sugar
  • Reduces depression and anxiety
  • Combats stress
  • Fights cognitive decline due to brain cell degeneration

Some Grate benefits Are As Follows :

1. Promotes Graceful Aging

Stress, both metabolic and emotional, dramatically affects aging. Cortisol, the body’s stress hormone, contributes to muscle loss and weakness, wrinkles, and cognitive impairment. Research has found that ashwagandha improves resistance to stress, possibly decreasing cortisol production. One study of 64 individuals observed a reduction in stress and a significant decrease in cortisol levels in individuals taking ashwagandha compared with placebo.
2. Menopausal Support

Ashwagandha acts on the endocrine system by encouraging hormone balance. A study involving 51 menopausal women supplementing with ashwagandha noted a significant reduction in symptoms such as hot flashes, anxiety, and mood.

3. Sexual Potency

The Kama Sutra, one of the oldest surviving texts on human sexuality, mentions ashwagandha in its literature as a potent sexual stimulant. Research indicates that the herb supports sexual health and vitality by increasing blood flow and reducing bodily tension. Women taking ashwagandha typically experience an increase in sexual desire and satisfaction.

4. Memory Support

Recent research has shown that ashwagandha reduces memory impairment in animal models. The herb may also protect the brain from the oxidative stress that leads to neurodegeneration. Relaxation, a benefit derived from the herb’s stress-fighting effects, also improves long-term visual memory.

5. Revitalization

Another benefit many women report after taking this herb is in regards to energy levels. This anecdotal evidence is supported by scientific investigation; a recent study reported ashwagandha’s benefits for improving energy while reducing stress-related disorders.

6. Mood Booster

Ashwagandha is a known mood-boosting herb, and research suggests that the therapeutic plant may play a potential role in fighting mood imbalance. Women battling mood swings may benefit from supplementing with ashwaghanda.

7. Fertility

Stress, illness, hormone imbalance, and nutrient deficiencies — all of these issues threaten female reproductive health and make it difficult for a woman to conceive. Research shows that ashwagandha supports thyroid function, an organ responsible for regulating hormones. Also, by decreasing stress, ashwagandha may encourage a situation that is optimal for fertility. More research is needed to clarify whether or not ashwagandha is effective for helping infertile females struggling to conceive.

 

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2 thoughts on “Ashwagandha, Benefits, Growing, How To Use

  • January 2, 2016 at 2:50 pm
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    Ashwaganda is well known for it’s ability to reduce stress and anxiety, promote a feeling of well being, boost immune function and reduce inflammation. In our family we have inflammation and immune dysfunction so we’ve used ashwaganda in the past to help with these. I’m not sure why we stopped because after taking this for a few days my joints are much less stiff. I’m handling stress better and able to multitask more effectively.One reason for the reputation of ashwagandha as a general energy-promoting, disease-preventing tonic may be its effect on the immune system. A number of studies have shown significant increases in white blood cell counts and other measures of strengthened immunity in rodents given ashwagandha or certain chemicals extracted from the herb. Ashwagandha may also have a mild sedative effect on the central nervous system and in animal studies it has been shown to be a muscle relaxant.In Ayurveda, there are specific herbs with adaptogenic benefits, Ashwagandha is one of them. Adaptogens are substances (a combination of amino acids, vitamins, and herbs) that modulate your response to stress or a changing environment. Adaptogens help the body cope with external stresses such as toxins in the environment and internal stresses such as anxiety and insomnia.This herb is a nightshade, so use with caution if you are sensitive to nightshades.I received this item at a discount in exchange for my honest review. I never promise a good review, just a honest one.

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    • January 2, 2016 at 7:38 pm
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