The History of Ashwagandha
Ashwagandha is an evergreen shrub that grows in India, the Middle East, and parts of Africa. Its roots and orange-red fruit have been used for hundreds of years for medicinal purposes. The herb is also called Indian Ginseng or Winter Cherry.
The translation of Ashwagandha is roughly “the smell and strength of a horse,” which alludes to its traditional use to support a healthy sex drive. In Sanskrit, the word “ashwa” means “horse,” while “gandha” means “smell.” Once ground, the herb smells like a horse and was thought to impart the power of one, too. Ashwagandha’s Hindi name is “asgandh,” which is yet another nod to its potent odor that’s reminiscent of horse sweat. In Ayurvedic medicine, Ashwagandha is considered a Rasayana, i.e., a herb that helps maintain youth, both mentally and physically.
Health Benefits of Ashwagandha
Ashwagandha is used to tone, support, and revitalize bodily functions. It has been revered over time for its dual capacity to energize and calm at the same time. Stress can cause fatigue, often manifesting as “hyper” signs like agitation and difficulty sleeping.
By providing a nourishing, yet energizing effect, Ashwagandha can support a healthy nervous system. With the use of this herb, stress doesn’t impact the nervous system with such intensity, and the “hyper” signs of stress and agitation will naturally resolve over time. In this way, Ashwagandha has a rejuvenating and calming influence on the nervous system and, consequentially, on the entire being.
This quality of Ashwagandha makes it a prime supplement to use in the toning and rejuvenation process. In addition to its dual energizing/calming effect, Ashwagandha offers a number of benefits:
Supports a healthy immune system.
Calms mental processes.
Fosters healthy sleep patterns
Benefits a healthy reproductive system in both males and females.
Supports sustained energy levels, strength, and vitality, including with physical activity.
Supports a healthy back and joints.
Promotes thyroid health.
Promotes healthy functioning of the adrenals
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