Multiple Benefits of Ashwagandha
One of Dr. Kalaba’s favorite supplements in ashwagandha. Ashwagandha is an evergreen shrub that is native to Africa and Asia. Some people may already know that it helps with stress in general, but it has many specific, measurable benefits.
“Ashwagandha…is very revered herb of the Indian Ayurvedic system of medicine as a Rasayana (tonic). It is used for various kinds of disease processes and especially as a nervine tonic. Considering these facts, many scientific studies were carried out and its adaptogenic/anti-stress activities were studied in detail.” (Singh et al., 2011)
What is Ashwagandha?
Ashwagandha is an herb that is classified as adaptogenic—it helps your body adapt to stress. It does this by balancing your metabolism, immune system, and hormonal systems, whether things are overactive or underactive. Among the hormone systems it helps modulate are thyroid and sex hormones—estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone.
A study from 2011 concluded that ashwagandha enhances the function of the brain and nervous system and improves memory. It improves the function of the reproductive system promoting a healthy sexual and reproductive balance (see below). Being a powerful adaptogen, it enhances the body’s resilience to stress. Ashwagandha improves the body’s defense against disease by improving cell-mediated immunity. It also possesses potent antioxidant properties that help protect against cellular damage caused by free radicals. (Singh et al., 2011)
It also helps lower inflammation that can contribute to hypertension, osteoporosis, asthma, cancer (anti-tumor properties), and arthritis.
Ashwagandha and Pain
Ashwagandha is an analgesic that soothes the nervous system from the pain response (Twajj et al., 1989). The powerful anti-arthritic properties (Singh et al. 1984, 1986) of ashwagandha are now widely accepted and documented.
Ashwagandha and Reproductive Health
Specifically, regarding reproductive health, polycystic ovarian syndrome has shown improvement with the addition of ashwagandha, as well as helping with menopause-related symptoms. Ashwagandha has also been shown to boost testosterone in men and improve semen quality in cases of infertility.
As mentioned above, ashwagandha is a natural pain reliever with healing properties. It promotes general health when used regularly. In summary, ashwagandha is an adaptogen that is anti-stress, anti-tumor, neuro-regenerative, and anti-arthritic. Being an adaptogen means that it can give you an energy boost in the morning and still help you sleep at night.