Ashwagandha is a renowned adaptogen, improving physical fitness and increasing the immune power of the body.
Known by its botanical name as Withania Sominfera, Ashwagandha hails a variety of titles including Indian Ginseng and Winter Cherry. As a Sanskrit word meaning “Horse Smell” because the roots smell like a horse, Ayurveda classifies Ashwagandha as a Rasayana. Rasayana herbs foster physical and mental health and help rejuvenate. Ashwagandha is native to Indai, South Africa, and the Middle East, with small yellow leaves and red berry-like fruits.
Ashwagandha’s active constituents are of vital importance. Some of these are withanolides, alkaloids, choline, amino acids and other essential fatty acids. The alkaloids are responsible for its pain relieving and antiseptic properties. The withanolides (withaferin A and withanolide D, in particular) support healthy levels of hormones in the body, thus supporting strong fertility.
Researchers have found Ashwagandha significantly affects the immune system in a positive way by increasing white blood cells known as defenders of the human body. With an increased amount of white blood cells in the blood stream, our immune system is able to counteract everyday problems of cough, cold, and fever. Modern research now further informs us of the immune tonic nature of this herb by finding many beneficial antioxidant properties.
Ashwagandha helps relax both muscles and the central nervous system, helping those who are sick with various illnesses as it soothes pain in the joints and muscles during recovery. Ayurvedic practitioners use Ashwaganda to support healthy blood sugar levels, and both the cardiovascular and endocrine systems.