Ashwagandha Herb Benefits

Benefits of Ashwagandha Herb

Other names of Ashwagandha herb - Withania somnifera, Winter cherry, Indian ginseng, Asgandh

Tissues : Debility, low body weight, emaciation, deficient haemoglobin, anaemia, post-convalescent weakness, athletic exertion and with caution in pregnancy. It is useful for any imbalance in the muscles as it both reduces inflammation and strengthens muscle tone. It is a specific tonic for muscle tissues and it is an anabolic muscle builder. As it benefits all muscle tissue it is used as a heart tonic, uterine tonic, and a lung tonic, as well as for increasing muscle weight and tone in convalescents, slow-developing children, and the elderly.

Immunity : Autoimmune condi-tions, neutropenia, rheumatoid and osteoarthritis, cancer, and chronic connective tissue disorders. As a painkiller and anti-inflammatory it is commonly used in swollen or painful arthritic conditions. It can strengthen a weakened immune system and protect it from becoming depleted due to immunosuppressive drugs or lifestyle. Improves white blood cell counts. It appears to have both immunosuppressive and immunotonic abilities and is therefore a ‘true’ adaptogen.

Lungs : Asthma, cough and aller-gic conditions from low immu-nity with high kapha and vata. Useful in hayfever, allergic rhinitis from aggravated vata and kapha.

Nerves : Neurosis, insomnia, anxiety, excessive thinking, ‘hyper’ symptoms and attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Very useful in all conditions caused by ‘stress’ as it has a specific affinity for the majja dhatu and helps to regulate the movement of vyana vayu inthe heart. Its tropism for the nervous system benefits multiple sclerosis. It both relaxes frayed nerves and tonifies the central nervous system to enhance tolerance to stress. It is a nourishing nevine as opposed to a heavy sedative.

Reproductive : Its rejuvenating effect on shukra dhatu helps to alleviate asthenospermia (increasing sperm motility), oligospermia (increasing sperm count), and poor sexual performance, and helps to reduce impotence. Its unique action or prabhava is to promote sexual potency and sperm production. External application of ashwagandha oil is used for impotence.

Gynaecology : Excellent tonic to the uterine muscles. Used in menstrual imbalance caused by a deficient condition with an aggravation of vata and uterine spasms; dysmenorrhoea, amen-orrhoea, weakness. Thyroid Very useful in hypothyroid disorders to regulate thyroid activity.