Health cannot be accurately measured by age alone and is more accurately measured by our energy, strength and immunity levels. The main goal of Ayurveda is to maintain the best health by balancing your doshas (homeostasis) and preventing ama (toxins) from accumulating. This requires a diet and lifestyle regimen designed for your specific body type along with foods and herbs that help build strength and immunity. Ashwagandha is an important Ayurvedic herb that benefits both the mind and body.
Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) is commonly known as Indian Winter Cherry or Indian Ginseng. The name “Ashwagandha” is derived from the word “ashwa,” meaning horse. It is believed that after consuming the root, one gains powers similar to that of a horse. The second part of the name “gandha,” means fragrance and refers to the characteristic fresh smell of the roots when harvested. Traditional Ayurveda uses Ashwagandha to help build strength and immunity.
Ashwagandha is one of Ayurveda’s most important herbs and is classified as a Rasayana for its wide range of energy boosting properties. Herbs classified as rasayanas offer a rejuvenative and anti-aging effect and support overall health, stamina, and vitality. Among all the Ayurvedic rasayana herbs, Ashwagandha is known as a sattvic kapha rasayana. Scientifically rasayanas are categorized as adaptogens that improve an individual’s ability to cope with stress and adapt to change.
In one important study published in 2011 titled An Overview on Ashwagandha: A Rasayana (Rejuvenator) of Ayurveda noted the following benefits of Ashwagandha.
In a more recent paper published in 2023, titled Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) - Current Research on the Health-Promoting Activities: A Narrative Review concluded it offers many health benefits. Its’ neuroprotective and anti-neurodegenerative properties support and help many disorders related to the nervous system. It is also being widely researched and evaluated for its antibacterial properties, reproductive health, anti-cancer and anti-diabetic properties. It has rejuvenative properties support the heart, nerve, and muscle strength.
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