Ashwagandha: Ayurveda’s Boon
shwagandha: The oldest known and revered herbs in the Indian Ayurveda. It has been used in our traditional medicines for over 3000 years. It is known as an all-rounder herb, because it helps with building immunity, arthritis, reduces the progression of neuro-degenerative diseases, reduces stress…the list of the benefits of this wonder herb just seems to go on and on. It is one of the ingredients in the very famous “Chyawanprash” that is part of the health regime in many Indian households.
The name Ashwagandha comes from Sanskrit language and is a combination of 2 words ashwa, meaning horse, and gandha, meaning smell. The root has a strong aroma that is described as “horse-like."While we have all heard of the various health benefits of ashwagandha, there are few specific areas in which this wonder herb helps. Let’s see what they are:
Stress buster: Stress is a common word heard these days and is causing a lot of damage to one’s health. If not treated at the right time, it can lead to depression or stroke. Regulates your cholesterol: Aswagandha’s anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties that can help in keeping your heart healthy and cholesterol in check.
Enhances memory: Ashwagandha has antioxidant properties that help protect and repair damaged nerve cells that result from injury or disease.
Delays progression of degenerative diseases: The anti-oxidant properties that help protect and repair damaged the nerve cells, also helps in delaying the progression of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
Beautiful skin and lustrous hair: The anti-oxidants in ashwagandha helps to keep the skin soft and flawless and the hair lustrous. It chases the free radicals in the body to keep the skin flawless and improves the blood circulation in the scalp, thereby aiding the growth of strong hair.
All in all, this wonder herb has loads of healing properties that can help you stay fit and healthy. The modern-day technological advancements have made it possible for everyone to reap the benefits of this wonder herb, as the extracts are very easily available in the market in the form of tablets or powders.