Ashwagandha – The Indian Ginseng
Ashwagandha is extensively used in Ayurveda as a superb remedy for nervous exhaustion. It is often called Indian Ginseng for its tonifying properties. Unlike ginseng it is not stimulating, but rather relaxing. That allows not to be afraid of over stimulation by taking the herb over a long period of time. The other avail of Ashwagandha is its much lower cost in comparison with ginseng.
Part used: Root.
Energetics: bitter, astringent, sweet.
Decreases Vata and Kapha, in excess can increase Pitta if Ama (toxins) is present.
Ashwagandha is the best rejuvenative herb, particularly for the muscles, marrow and semen. It is also one of the best herbs for calming Vata. It helps revitalize the male reproductive system and works on both men and women in supporting healthy joints and proper function of the adrenals. Ashwagandha is used in all conditions of weakness and tissue deficiency in children, the elderly, those debilitated by diseases, those suffering from overwork, lack of sleep, or nervous exhaustion.
Ashwagandha inhibits aging and catalyzes the anabolic processes of the body. It is one of the best herbs for the mind, nurturing, clarifying, calming, and promoting deep dreamless sleep.
- Mental and physical stress.
- Memory loss.
- Nerve diseases.
- Chronic fatigue.
- Weakness of the back and knees.
- Joint and nerve pain.
- Weakness of the mind.
- Wasting diseases.
- Problems of old age.
- Multiple sclerosis.
- Weak eyes.
- Tissue deficiency.
- Skin afflictions.
- Difficult breathing.
- Glandular swelling.
Dosage: 1-10 grams per day for acute conditions; 1 gram per day as a lifelong tonic (mainly men) in boiled warm milk, which can be sweetened with raw sugar.
Precautions: high Ama (toxins in the system), severe congestion.
TODAY’S TIP: Ashwagandha can be used on a long term daily basis without risk of side effects, and is a dosha balancer.