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12 Surprising Benefits of Ashwagandha

By Ashwagandha Published on June 26, 2018 Updated on September 11, 2018

Ashwagandha, also known as Indian ginseng, has a wide range of health benefits, which include its ability to fight cancer and diabetes, reduce inflammation, and prevent arthritis, asthma, hypertension, stress, and rheumatism. Furthermore, it boosts the supply of antioxidants and regulates the immune system. It also has antibacterial and anticonvulsant properties. What’s more? Ashwagandha is also useful for men as a remedy for infertility and erectile dysfunction.

Ashwagandha has had a great significance in Oriental medical schools of thought, especially in the ancient Indian system of medicine, Ayurveda, for many centuries. It had also been used by Native Americans and Africans in an effort to keep away several types of infections. You will be surprised to know that this herb has been so popular for ages that extensive scriptures describing the Ashwagandha plant and its medicinal properties have been mentioned in both traditional Chinese medicine and Ayurveda. Incredible, isn’t it?

So why has this herb been so popular and why is everyone talking about it? Let us look into its benefits.

Health Benefits of Ashwagandha

Regular consumption of Ashwagandha can result in various health benefits; some of which are listed below:

Controls Cholesterol Levels

Ashwagandha Controls Cholesterol LevelsAshwagandha, with its anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties, is good for cardiovascular problems. It strengthens the heart muscles and can also control cholesterol. A study (1)Shreesh, K. O. & Dharamvir, S. A.. (2009). Withania somnifera Dunal (Ashwagandha): A Promising Remedy for Cardiovascular Diseases. World Journal of Medical Sciences. 4 (2): 156-158, 2009. Retrieved from http://idosi.org/wjms/4%282%2909/17.pdf at the University of Arizona indicated that it possesses hypolipidemic properties that help in bringing down blood cholesterol levels.

Reduces Anxiety

Ashwagandha helps in reducing anxiety. In India, Ashwagandha has been traditionally used in Ayurveda to improve both physical and mental health. The effects of this medicine, particularly on depression, were studied at the Institute of Medical Sciences at Banaras Hindu University, India. The study supported the benefits of Ashwagandha in relation to anxiety and depression. (2)Parvinder, K., Sheenu, M., et al. (2001, July). A biologically active constituent of withania somnifera (ashwagandha) with antistress activity. Indian Journal of Clinical Biochemistry. 16(2) 195–198. DOI: 10.1007/BF02864860

Relieves Stress

Our modern lifestyle results in an increase in stress which most of us are unable to tackle. Ashwagandha is believed to possess anti-stress properties. Traditionally, it had been administered to induce a soothing and calming effect on a person. The active ingredient responsible for this activity is still unknown, but various anti-stress properties have been observed in research experiments. (3)Sunanda, P. & Anand, K. (2011, April 12). Changes in Thyroid Hormone Concentrations after Administration of Ashwagandha Root Extract to Adult Male Mice. Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology. 50(9); 1065-1068. DOI: 10.1111/j.2042-7158.1998.tb06923.x

Fights Diabetes

Ashwagandha has long been used as a remedy for diabetes in Ayurvedic medicine. Research (4)Bhattacharya, S. K., Bhattacharya, A., et al. (2000, December). Anxiolytic-antidepressant activity of Withania somnifera glyco withanolides: an experimental study. Phytomedicine. 2000:7(6) 463-469. DOI: 10.1016/S0944-7113(00)80030-6 on the use of Ashwagandha in the treatment of diabetes indicated positive results. Experiments showed that blood sugarlevels during fasting and post-lunch period decreased significantly when Ashwagandha was consumed for a period of four weeks.

Treats Cancer

Ashwagandha Treats Cancerresearch study has termed ashwagandha an emerging and novel alternative in the field of oncology, in association with radiation therapy and chemotherapy, because of its cancer-killing properties. (5)Rajangam, U., Sampath, K., et al. (2009, May 20). Hypoglycaemic and Hypolipidaemic Effects of Withania somnifera Root and Leaf Extracts on Alloxan-Induced Diabetic Rats. International Journal of Molecular Sciences. 10(5): 2367–2382. doi: 10.3390/ijms10052367 It is also of interest because it is known to reduce the side effects of chemotherapy without interfering with the tumor cell-killing activity.

Stimulates the Thyroid Gland

In cases of hypothyroidism, Ashwagandha can be used to stimulate the thyroid gland. A study on Ashwagandha’s effects on the thyroid gland revealed that the root extract if given on a daily basis, would increase the secretion of thyroid hormones. (6)Mohammad, K. A., Abbas, A M., et al. (2010, August). Withania somnifera improves semen quality by regulating reproductive hormone levels and oxidative stress in seminal plasma of infertile males. Fertility and Sterility. 94(3) 989–996. DOI: 10.1016/j.fertnstert.2009.04.046

Boosts Immunity

Research studies have shown that the consumption of Ashwagandha led to significant modulation of immune system reactivity and prevented myelosuppression in mice induced by immunosuppressive drugs. (7)Muhammed, Z., Neeta, P., et al. (1996, February). Studies on the immunomodulatory effects of Ashwagandha. Journal of Ethnopharmacology. 50( 2); 69-76. DOI: 10.1016/0378-8741(95)01318-0 It was also observed that Ashwagandha increased the red blood cell, white blood cell, and platelets count.

Increases Blood Production

Hematopoiesis is the process of producing new blood. According to research, Ashwagandha possesses hematopoietic properties. (8)Lakshmi-Chandra, M., Betsy, B. S., & Simon. D. (2000). Scientific Basis for the Therapeutic Use of Withania somnifera (Ashwagandha): A Review. Alternative Medicine Review. 2000;5(4) 334-346. Retrieved from http://www.altmedrev.com/archive/publications/5/4/334.pdf The study showed that red blood cell and white blood cell counts increased significantly in rats which were administered with Ashwagandha. This could mean a positive effect on human red blood cells as well, thereby helping to prevent conditions like anemia.

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Prevents Seizures

Ashwagandha has been a widely used remedy for seizures and convulsions in Ayurvedic medicine. Another study on also showed the presence of anticonvulsant properties in this wonderful plant. (9)Geetha, T., Talla, V. & Dorairajan, B. (2003, October 10). Approaches to relieve the burden of cataract blindness through natural antioxidants: use of Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera). Current Science. 85( 7); 1065-1071. Retrieved from http://www.iisc.ernet.in/currsci/oct102003/1065.pdf

Aids in Muscle Growth

Ashwagandha has been found to be useful in improving the muscular strength of the lower limbs and helping recover weakness. It also has a positive impact on neuro-muscular coordination.

Reduces Ocular Diseases

Research conducted by Thiagarajan et al. has shown that the antioxidant and cytoprotective properties of Ashwagandha are ideal for fighting cataract diseases. (10)Shanthy, S., Priyanka, D. & Shalini, P. (2011). In vitro Evaluation of Antibacterial Activities of Crude Extracts of Withania somnifera (Ashwagandha) to Bacterial Pathogens. Asian Journal of Biotechnology. 3(2); 194-199. DOI: 10.3923/ajbkr.2011.194.199

Anti-inflammatory Properties

Ashwagandha has been found to be effective in dealing with a variety of rheumatologic problems. The herb is known to act as a cyclooxygenase inhibitor that decreases inflammation and pain. A research conducted at the Los Angeles College of Chiropractors suggests that Ashwagandha has anti-inflammatory properties that come from the alkaloids, saponins, and steroidal lactones found within it. (11)Lakshmi-Chandra, M., Betsy, B. S., & Simon. D. (2000). Scientific Basis for the Therapeutic Use of Withania somnifera (Ashwagandha): A Review. Alternative Medicine Review. 2000;5(4) 334-346. Retrieved from http://www.altmedrev.com/archive/publications/5/4/334.pdf

Antibacterial Properties

According to Ayurvedic medical texts, Ashwagandha is effective in controlling bacterial infections in humans. A study conducted at the Centre for Biotechnology at the University of Allahabad in India showed that Ashwagandha possesses antibacterial properties. (12)Winters, M. (2006, December). Ancient medicine, modern use: Withania somnifera and its potential role in integrative oncology. Alternative Medicine Review: A Journal of Clinical Therapeutic. 11(4):269-77. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17176166 It also concluded that Ashwagandha was effective in urinogenital, gastrointestinal, and respiratory tract infections when consumed orally.

What is Ashwagandha (Indian Ginseng)?

Ashwagandha belongs to the Solanaceae family and its scientific name is Withania somnifera. It is also known as Indian ginseng or winter cherry. In Sanskrit, it is known as Ashwagandha, which means the odor of a horse. It is named so because of the odor of horse sweat that the roots seem to emanate. The plant originated in India and it grows best in dry regions. It is a robust plant that can survive in very high and low temperatures too, ranging from 40°C to as low as 10°C. Ashwagandha grows from sea level to an altitude of 1500 meters above sea level.

Ashwagandha (Indian Ginseng)The use of Ashwagandha for so many centuries has aroused the curiosity of modern medical science, leading to an interest in investigating the medicinal properties of the plant. Preliminary studies on Ashwagandha indicated the presence of potential therapeutic abilities and it also showed no associated toxicity to the chemical constituents of the plant. (13)Lakshmi-Chandra, M., Betsy, B. S., & Simon. D. (2000). Scientific Basis for the Therapeutic Use of Withania somnifera (Ashwagandha): A Review. Alternative Medicine Review. 2000;5(4) 334-346. Retrieved from http://www.altmedrev.com/archive/publications/5/4/334.pdf

Scientific research on the plant indicates that it has anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidizing, anti-stress, sleep-inducing, and drug withdrawal properties. (14)Akhil, G., Anuj, M., et al. (2011). Nature’s treasurer: plants acting on colon cancer. Journal of Stress Physiology & Biochemistry. 7(4)2011; 217-231. Retrieved from http://www.jspb.ru/issues/2011/N4/JSPB_2011_4_217-231.pdf Many formulations that are made from Ashwagandha improve the musculoskeletal problems such as arthritis and rheumatism. It also acts as a tonic that boosts energy and improves overall health and longevity.

Recent research on Ashwagandha conducted at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology in Japan reported that the leaves of Ashwagandha can selectively inhibit cancer cells. (15)Nashi, W., Kamaljit, K., et al. (2007, April). Selective Killing of Cancer Cells by Leaf Extract of Ashwagandha: Identification of a Tumor-Inhibitory Factor and the First Molecular Insights to Its Effect. American Association of Cancer Research. 2007:13(7). DOI: 10.1158/1078-0432.CCR-06-0948  

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