Ashwagandha is most useful as a tonic herb for its non-specific, adaptogenic, and non-stimulating nature. In India and surrounding regions, Ashwaganda has a very long history of use, and is one of the most popular herbs in the region for its long list of beneficial actions, and high level of safety.
Modern uses of ashwagandha mainly involve stress related conditions involving overstimulation. it's useful for turning down hyperactivity of the sympathetic nervous system. It requires a fairly high dose and long term usage to really get its benefits. It's not as good for those who are already fatigued or too tired as other stimulating adaptogens like Siberian ginseng or Panax ginseng.
- Erectile dysfunction
- Athletic support
- Support during natural progression of aging
- Pregnancy support
- Anaemia (children)
- Chronic inflammatory diseases
- To promote healthy growth in children
- Improving learning and concentration
- Immune dysfunctions
- Senile dementia
- Recovery after illness (children)
- Mild sedative
- Thyroid modulator
Ashwagandha is mainly used with fatigue-related conditions involving the endocrine system. It is also a populr adjunctive treatment in cancer, immune defficiencies, and anxiety.
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Constituents of Interest
- Tropane alkaloids
- Indian ginseng
- Winter cherry
Ashwaghandha is a member of the Solanaceae family of plants, also known as the nightshade family. This family includes a variety of both poisonous, and medicinal plants, including belladonna, tomatoes, datura, and eggplant.
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Clinical Applications Of Ashwagandha:
Ashwagandha is excellent for those with sympathetic nervous system dominance, chronic inflammation, and insomnia. It makes a great addition to long term formulas for insomnia and high stress individuals. It's gentle enough to use with chronic fatigue conditions as well as children.
Ashwagandha has a high level of safety.
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For references, visit the full ashwagandha monograph.