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ashwagandha

ashwagandha

One of the world’s most renowned herbs. Adaptogenic nightshade from India in the pepper family, known as "Indian ginseng", provides energy and a rejuvenating lift while at the same time calming and soothing the nerves. Chemically similar to ginseng, yet superior in relieving stress. Roots used to make famous medicinal powder. Great for exhaustion from physical and mental strain, stress-related ulcers, nervous exhaustion, depression. Helps boost thyroid hormone and adrenals to prevent stress-caused thyroid burnout. Popular aphrodisiac, increasing libido and performance in 75% of men who use it. Estrogen-like effect that stops internal bleeding, excessive uterine bleeding, hemorrhoids and also hemorrhagic dysentery (bloody diarrhea). For fatigue, chronic disease, impotence, memory, arthritic inflammation, rheumatic pain, anxiety, insomnia, respiratory disorders, nervous disorders, gynecological disorders, uterine infections, nerve impulses, sex-enhancing, erectile dysfunction, female and male fertility, cancer, increases hemoglobin, circulation, nutrient absorption, liver and kidney tonic, clears the mind, strengthens nerves, promotes restful sleep, lessens graying of the hair, increases performance in athletes, balances hormones, hypertension, anti-aging. The whole plant is useable. It grows as a short shrub (30 inches ,75 cm) with a central stem from which branches extend radially in a star pattern, covered with fuzzy wooly hairs. Small green flowers, ripe fruit is orange-red and has milk-coagulating properties.
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ASHWAGANDA (Withania somnifera) is an Ayurvedic remedy widely used in Indian medicine and often known as Indian Ginseng.
Herbs from the Indian ginseng ashwaganda and the Japanese reishi for motivation, to ginkgo biloba for improving concentration, to hops and passionflower to induce relaxation are all part of the 'mind medicine' chest.
For instance, I will often use a botanical such as ashwaganda or a pure source adrenal supplement like neonatal bovine adrenal cortex, at the same time using an adaptogenic thyroid supplement.
My favorites are tinctures of Rhodiola, Eleutherococcus senticosa, or Ashwaganda (Withania somnifera).
Effect of ashwaganda on lipid peroxidation in stress induced animals.
Additionally, Sabinsa produces ashwaganda extract, which "strengthens the body's defense system to guard itself from the stressors that can affect the immune system.
Most cases of adrenal fatigue also have low DHEA, which can be increased by supplementation, stress moderation, recreation, and Ashwaganda.
Eleuthero, Adaptogenic, American ginseng, schisandra, rhodiola rose ashwaganda
I recommend a broad range of adrenal supplements for this purpose, including adaptogens such as rhodiola, Cordyceps mushroom, ashwaganda and Researched Nutritional's Multiplex and NT Factor Energy.
Indian herbs such as shatavari and ashwaganda that relax the central nervous system and enhance brain function promote a meditative state ideal for connecting with spirit.