Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) or winter cherry is a popular herb in Ayurveda and is known for its multiple medicinal uses. The root of this herb smells like a horse (ashwa) and hence the name ashwagandha. This herb is commonly known as “adaptogen” as it helps the body to adapt to stress. It is also known as “Indian ginseng” because of its rejuvenating properties. Surprised as to how a single herb can be effective against multiple conditions? Read to know more about ashwagandha uses in hindi and how to consume it.
Mode of consumption and dosage of ashwagandha extract depends on various factors like age, health, and presence of medical conditions. Some of the common uses of ashwagandha and its recommended dose are mentioned below:
Ashwagandha inhibits the deleterious effect of substances secreted by the immune cells (cytokines) responsible for inflammation. Benefits of ashwagandha for diabetes and other health conditions like heart disease is due to its anti-inflammatory property.
It is also seen to increase chemicals that prevent inflammation. Application of paste made up of ashwagandha leaves is seen to reduce the local inflammation. Consuming 12 ml of ashwagandha root extract or 250-500 mg of ashwagandha daily can reduce inflammation over a period of 60 days.
Insomnia and anxiety
Ashwagandha is seen to enhance sleep due to its rejuvenating property. It reduces stress and acts as a tonic for the nervous system, improving sleep. Moreover, ashwagandha blocks the stress pathway and reduces anxiety, which is a common cause of insomnia. Wondering how to use ashwagandha for anxiety and insomnia? Ashwagandha massage oil is useful for sleeplessness. Consuming supplements with 500–600 mg of ashwagandha per day for 6–12 weeks is seen to reduce anxiety and improve sleep.
Low testosterone levels and sperm count are the commonest cause of male infertility. Antioxidant property of ashwagandha prevents sperm damage and improves abnormal semen parameters. The preparation of ashwagandha processed in ghee, honey, and sugar is a good aphrodisiac and seen to increase semen quality and sperm motility and count. It is also effective against erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation, and low libido. Consuming 5 grams of ashwagandha daily for 3 months boosts infertility by improving sperm quality, motility, and count.
Boosts vitality and memory
Ashwagandha churna is effective against brain-fag, low memory, nervous exhaustion, rheumatism, and loss of muscular energy. Ashwagandha churna is seen to increase body energy and vigor. Ashwagandha when used regularly, is beneficial for emaciated children. It also replenishes low energy due to mental exertion or over-work. 500–600 mg of ashwagandha root extract/day boosts memory.
Muscle growth and strength
An increase of muscle strength and mass is observed with the consumption of ashwagandha. It also aids in reducing body fat percentage. Daily consumption of 500 mg of ashwagandha increases muscle mass and strength within 8 weeks. It can be used as a conjugant to resistance training.
Benefits on hair and skin
Antioxidative effect of ashwagandha prevents the skin from free radical damage and delays aging. Ashwagandha enhances the production of essential compounds and proteins that maintain elasticity of the skin and make it supple. It can be used as a toner when used with lemon and ginger. Moreover, local application of a fine powder of ashwagandha mixed with oil is very useful in many skin conditions.
Ashwagandha improves blood circulation and thus reduces hair fall. It also strengthens the hair and reduces dandruff. Ashwagandha is seen to trigger the production of melanin (natural pigment present in skin and hair) that can reverse greying of the hair. Ashwagandha is used as a component in shampoos for this purpose. Despite these benefits, caution should be taken to not self-prescribe this drug and any consumption should be strictly under a physicians advice.