Ashwagandha is known as “Indian ginseng” due to its rejuvenating properties

Apr 9 2017 - 8:07am

The Indian herb Ashwagandha is a powerful herb which is said to have many restorative benefits by practitioners of Ayurvedic medicine. Ayurvedic medicine is an ancient holistic healing system which was developed thousands of years ago in India.

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Due to growing fears of dangerous side effects associated with the psychiatric drugs natural remedies are preferable. An Indian herb known as Ashwagandha seems to offer many benefits for the overall well being of the mind.

In Ayurvedic healing Ashwagandha has been recognized as one of the most powerful herbs

The Chopra Center has reported that in Ayurvedic healing Ashwagandha has been recognized as one of the most powerful herbs. Ever since ancient times this herb has been used for many conditions. It is most well known for its restorative benefits.

Ashwagandha is often called “Indian ginseng” due to its rejuvenating properties, even though ginseng and Ashwagandha are not related botanically. Ashwagandha belongs to the same family as the tomato. It is native to the dry regions of India, the Middle East, and northern Africa.

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It is said Ashwagandha supports an energetic and rejuvenating sense of wellbeing

Ayurvedic healers say that Ashwagandha supports an energetic and rejuvenating sense of wellbeing. It is said to be effective in alleviating fatigue, stress, problems concentrating and lack of energy.

Ashwagandha has been recommended for good sleep for centuries

The University of Tsukuba reports the key component in Ashwagandha which induces sleep has been identified by researchers in the sleep institute in Japan. This herb has been recommended for good sleep for centuries. In studies on rats the Japanese research team observed that triethylene glycol (TEG) is the active component in Ashwagandha which induces good sleep.

This is very significant in view of the fact that insomnia is a very common neuropsychiatric disorder. It has been estimated that between 10-15 percent of people in the general population and 30-60 percent in the elderly population suffer from insomnia. Insomnia is very closely associated with many serious health conditions including depression, anxiety, mania, cardiovascular diseases, and obesity. The synthetic drugs used to treat insomnia generally have severe side effects.

The journal PLOS ONE reports triethylene glycol, which is an active component of Ashwagandha, is associated with sleep induction. This natural treatment for insomnia is preferable to drugs due to dependency and other adverse effects generally associated with medications for sleep.

The holistic approach to healthcare by Ayurvedic healers is impressive in an era wherein Western medicine's promises of a quick fix for many disorders with potent drugs often causes more harm than good due to drug side effects. This is particularly true with the psychiatric drugs. The Ayurvedic herb Ashwagandha seems to have a lot to offer for better overall health without the concerns of toxic drug side effects.

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