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March 02, 2018

Ashwagandha literally translated means “smell of horse” and has been used for thousands of years as one of the revered herbal remedies in Ayurveda – the traditional medicinal system in India.

The botanical name for Ashwagandha is Withania somnifera is a shrub that belongs to the nightshade family of plants. The root of this herb has a smell that resembles that of a horse or “ashwa.” The herb is believed to confer the virility and strength of a horse when consumed.

With the dawn of New Year, it may be time to revamp and refresh your medicine cabinet along with many other aspects of life. For most people, the medicine cabinet is the go-to place for finding immediate relief from distressing health concerns. It is important to stock the most effective natural remedies like Ashwagandha in your medicine cabinet.

Here are five health benefits of Ashwagandha:

1. Stress relief:  One of the best-known health benefits of Ashwagandha is in relieving stress. Studies have shown Ashwagandha is a natural “adaptogen” or stress reliever. Studies conducted in rats show Ashwagandha boosts endurance in swimming and prevents the stress hormone- cortisol- from being released which is commonly associated with swimming in cold water.

2. Ulcer treatment: Gastric ulcers are directly linked to emotional stress and studies conducted have shown treatment with Ashwagandha provides protection against stress.

3. Anti-inflammatory:  Studies have shown that topical application of Ashwagandha roots is effective against inflammatory conditions including arthritis. The root is also effective against skin conditions such as boils, leucorrhoea, pimples and ulcers. The paste of the root is used to relieve the pain and inflammation associated with scorpion and snake bites as well.

4. Anti-cancer: Ashwagandha is a natural remedy that can kill cancer cells effectively. The roots of this traditional herb killed 49% on a type of ovarian cancer cells in studies conducted. Studies have shown Ashwagandha is also effective in reducing the harsh side effects of cancer therapies.

5. Promotes cognition: Ashwagandha has been shown to promote memory and learning in children. Studies have shown also that Ashwagandha is effective in preventing synaptic loss and atrophy of brain cells in disease conditions like Alzheimer’s or dementia. Studies have been published that show Ashwagandha extract to be effective in preventing neuronal injuries in Parkinson’s disease. Animal models show Ashwagandha prevents antioxidant enzyme related changes that are seen in Parkinson’s disease.

Disclaimer: The health information published on this web page is solely intended for educational purposes. VitaminsOnly strongly recommends to consult health care professionals for any questions concerning your health.

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