ashwagandha

ashwagan

Part used Root
Use 1/2 tsp dried root in 8oz water decoct 10 mins and steep 1/2 hour; effects take a week of daily use to become effective
Benefits
  • Calming adaptogen
    • Rejuvenating, balancing, strengthening to nervous system, relieves fatigue, nervous exhaustion, and memory loss
    • Treats anxiety, fatigue, cloudy thinking, nervous exhaustion
  • Anti-Alzheimer’s – modifies way brain uses acetylcholine when brain oxygen is low – prevents canabilisation of brain cells which cause neurofibrillary tangles that lead to Alzeheimer’s
  • Treats cancer by suppressing tumors and preventing white blood cell depletion
  • Enhances endocrine function – regulates thyroid, testes and adrenal glands; treats hypothyroidism by stimulating thyroid
  • Treats hypo and hyper-immune function (eg auto-immune disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis)
  • Mild aphrodisiac that reduces premature ejaculation and increases sexual stamina
  • Sports aide – gives instant charge of energy without stimulants
Dangers Nightshade family plant; avoid in cases of hyperthyroidism; avoid during pregnancy (can induce abortion)

Adapted from:

Winston, D. & Maimes, S. (2007). Adaptogens: Herbs for strength, stamina and stress releif. Rochester, VT: Healing Arts Press

Balch, P.A. (2002). Prescription for herbal healing. New York, NY: Avery books

Mulabagal, V., Subbaraju, G. V., Rao, C. V., Sivaramakrishna, C., DeWitt, D. L., Holmes, D., Sung, B., Aggarwal, B. B., Tsay, H.-S. and Nair, M. G. (2009), Withanolide sulfoxide from Aswagandha roots inhibits nuclear transcription factor-kappa-B, cyclooxygenase and tumor cell proliferation. Phytother. Res., 23: 987–992. doi: 10.1002/ptr.2736

Ichikawa, H., Takada, Y., Shishodia, S., Jayaprakasam, B., Nair, M.G., Aggarwal, B.B. (2006). Withanolides potentiate apoptosis, inhibit invasion, and abolish osteoclastogenesis through suppression of nuclear factor-κB (NF-κB) activation and NF-κB–regulated gene expression. Molecular Cancer Therapeutics, 5 (6), pp. 1434 to 1445. doi: 10.1158/1535-7163.MCT-06-0096

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