What is ashwagandha?
In Ayurveda, the ancient Indian science of health and yoga, Ashwagandha Churna is considered the main male tonic - the same as shatavari for women. In turn, churna is a ground powder from the roots of the plant of the same name Ashwagandha, which grows mainly in Southeast Asia. The plant contains many unique phytonutrients that are beneficial to the body.
According to Ayurveda, Ashwagandha is rasayana, or a means for complex rejuvenation of the body. It is important to cancel that the Ashwagandha plant occupies the same place in Indian and Balinese medicine as ginseng in Chinese. Milk-sugar broth prepared on ghee with ghee, taken regularly for 1-2 weeks, significantly improves the body's ability to absorb macro- and micronutrients of food.
Ashwagandha is the best anti-aging plant for muscles, bone marrow and seed, as well as for people with a predominant Vata constitution. Recall that Vata, according to Ayurveda , are thin people prone to excessive anxiety. Moreover, modern scientific studies have indeed shown the ability of Ashwagandha to increase the amount of seed in men, as well as reduce the level of the stress hormone cortisol.
Benefits and Scientific Facts
A number of scientific studies show that Ashwagandha has the ability to lower the level of anxiety in humans¹. Despite the fact that the mechanism of this effect is not fully understood, the powder from the roots of Ashwagandha has the ability to lower cortisol . With regular use, this helps treat insomnia, and also reduces the number of inflammatory processes in the body.
In addition, Ashwagandha is called a natural antidepressant, since the plant has the ability to influence the level of hormones serotonin and dopamine². Studies also suggest that it lowers blood glucose (although very slightly), can normalize blood pressure and, in some cases, increase testosterone levels and sperm quality in men³.
Recall that, historically, Ashwagandha was used in Ayurveda not as a sedative and sleeping pill, but as a means to rejuvenate the body (disintegrated). Ancient science recommends ashwagandha to increase body weight - both during the recovery period after an illness, and for building muscle. In fact, this implies that the tool relieves stress, improves body tone, normalizes weight, and stimulates appetite and immunity.
At the same time, taking Ashwagandha is most often recommended in combination with other powders. For example, with Brahmi it is used to improve memory functions, with Shatavari - to stimulate the female sexual system. Also, the powder can be used as part of head masks, which helps for hair growth and stress relief. When applying the mask, you need to massage your head.
Contraindications and possible harm
According to Ayurveda, Ashwagandha should be used only if necessary to restore the body. For people with a predominance of the Vata dosha (which is equivalent to an ectomorphic component), it can help to gain the necessary body weight and even out the metabolism. Use in other cases should be prescribed by an Ayurvedic doctor in person.
Since any products based on Ashwagandha are a dietary supplement, and not a medicine, the actual content of active substances in the powder can vary significantly. Despite the fact that the use of Ashwagandha Churn for two consecutive months is considered safe, no longer studies have been conducted. In addition, the effect of this herb on co-administration with other drugs has not been studied.
Benefits for women
Ashwagandha women are recommended to take, while including female plants in the composition (the aforementioned Shatavari). Long-term use of decoction from these plants (4-5 months continuously) is recommended to normalize the metabolism of estrogen and the menstrual cycle, as well as to counteract the development of uterine fibroids, endometriosis and mastopathy - however, there are no scientific studies on this topic.
According to one of the largest manufacturers of Ashwagandha tablets, the Indian pharmaceutical company Himalaya, for heart ailments, it is recommended to combine the drug with arjuna and ghee ghee. In case of inflammation of the urinary tract, it is advised to use it with guggul. In order to strengthen the body overall - 1 g of ashwagandha with 2 tablets of shiladshit.
How to brew Ashwagandha Churn?
Since Ashwagandha Churna has a bitter taste in powder form, it is recommended to add it to vegetable juices and smoothies (with almond milk and a small amount of honey). However, Ayurveda notes that a paste of powder with the addition of ghee oil and natural honey, similar in texture to brown jam, is a more convenient form for taking. This form is called Ashwagandha Rasayana.
Ashwagandha can also be brewed in the form of a milk broth with honey. To prepare it, you will need ghee ghee. You can buy it in the store, or make ghee at home from ordinary butter. A similar broth is taken twice a day, before meals or an hour after a meal. It is especially useful for restoring the body's strength to take it immediately after waking up.
Ashwagandha brewing recipe :
- Heat 100-200 ml of milk in a saucepan without boiling
- Add a teaspoon of ghee oil, mix
- Add ½ or 1/3 teaspoon Ashwagandha Churna powder
- Add natural honey or a teaspoon of cane sugar
- Optional - add Brami, Googul, Tribulus or Shatavari
- Optional - add cinnamon for taste.
Ashwagandha is Ayurveda's key masculine tonic. According to ancient doctrine, the powder of the Ashwagandha plant is able to improve the metabolism of the body, as well as normalize sexual function. Modern scientific studies confirm the benefits of Ashwagandha for lowering cortisol levels, noting its moderate effect on lowering insulin in the blood, as well as on the fight against depression.
- Ashwagandha Supplement - Science-based Review on Benefits, Dosage, Side Effects, source
- A prospective, randomized double-blind, placebo-controlled study of safety and efficacy of a high-concentration full-spectrum extract of ashwagandha root in reducing stress and anxiety in adults, source
- Withania Somnifera Improves Semen Quality By Regulating Reproductive Hormone Levels And Oxidative Stress In Seminal Plasma Of Infertile Males, source
The book “Plant Yoga: A Guide to Ayurvedic Medicine” (in the Russian edition of “Herbs and Spices”), actors Vasant Lad and David Frawley.