If you are wondering what Ashwagandha is and how it has played a critical role in helping me heal from POTS Syndrome then keep reading!
If you do not have that question, then you are way ahead of the game. Hopefully this post will help both of you.
Please note – I am not a doctor and am only sharing my own personal experience. Please do not take my word for any of this and always talk to your doctor before changing anything in your routine.
What is the Ashwagandha herb?
The Ashwagandha herb is also known as Indian Ginseng and Withania Somnifera. It is native to both Asia and Africa. This herb is classified as an adaptogen. Adaptogens are herbal medicines. They are intended to alleviate stress in the body. Both physical and emotional stress.
Ashwagandha also provides many other benefits for your body and brain…
Ashwagandha thyroid studies have shown it may reduce cortisol levels. Then thyroid hormone levels are boosted. And, according to the Medical Medium website it is good for the liver. Because it strengthens the adrenal glands.
More Ashwagandha benefits include the following…
- May reduce symptoms of depression
- Can treat wounds, tumors, and back pain when applied topically
- May improve brain function, including memory
- May lower cholesterol and triglycerides
- Can reduce blood sugar levels
- May reduce pain and inflammation
- May increase muscle mass and strength
- Can boost testosterone and increase fertility in men
- May help reduce stress and anxiety
- Might have anticancer properties
Where to buy the best Ashwagandha
The best form of this helpful plant is found in any vitamin store, health food store, some groceries, and all over the internet.
Why not try Amazon or iHerb.
What is Himalaya Ashwagandha
Himalaya Ashwagandha is not a specific form of the plant. It is actually a popular brand. It has been around since 1930 and comes highly recommended. However, there are many other excellent brands available.
(That being said, remember that Ashwagandha is native to India. And, India is one of five countries located within the Himalayan mountains.)
Make sure to do your research, organic is best.
If you do not want to search, try Gaia. This is the brand the Medical Medium recommends.
Ashwagandha powder dosage depends on your health, age, and type of product you are using. However the Medical Medium recommends adults take 500 mg of an extract. The best advice is to follow the recommendations on the package.
Note: Children and pregnant women should not be given any form of Ashwagandha. It may affect hormone levels in the body, which can cause harm during pregnancy.
Ashwagandha may increase the sedative effects of drugs such as Valium, Ativan, Xanax, and other depressants. It may also interact with medications that suppress your immunity.
And, as always, please check with your doctor before using any form listed within this article.
While the Ashwagandha plant is known for alleviating stress. There are other widely used Adaptogens associated including Triphala and Rhodiola Rosea.
Triphala aids with digestion and is also thought to detoxify the body and support the immune system.
Rhodiola Rosea is mostly used for increasing endurance, strength, and mental capacity
A very popular way to consume Ashwagandha tea. Like any other herbal tea, it is an easy way to consume this herb.
Some other forms include…
Ashwagandha Tablets (Capsule)
Ashwagandha supplements are exactly what you would assume. They are pill forms of the herb. These tablets or capsules are the easiest way to know the exact amount you are taking.
Ashwagandha root powder benefits are plenty. This form is much like using protein powder. You can scoop out your desired amount and add it to any liquid mixture, like a smoothie.
Another form of the herb are extracts. These are liquids made by extracting the root of the plant by using alcohol. They come in droplet bottles and can be added to most any food you consume.
Medical Medium Ashwagandha Recommendations
The Medical Medium has the following to say about Ashwagandha on his website…
“I recommend ashwagandha – along with other measures – for the treatment of insomnia when stress is a contributing factor. If this is an issue for you, try to stick to a routine at bedtime – go to bed at the same time every day, avoid caffeine and get plenty of exercise during the day. A dark room free of noise may also help. If you are having trouble falling asleep, try relaxation techniques like breathing exercises, meditation, or yoga. I also recommend ashwagandha as a natural way to fight fatigue and boost energy levels, as well as a treatment for pain, skin diseases, diabetes, gastrointestinal disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and epilepsy.”
Let me know if you add Ashwagandha to your healthcare routine. How did it help you?