Ashwagandha is an herb with great significance in Ayurvedic (Indian) medicine. It was used, amongst many purposes, to strengthen the immune system after illness and relieve anxiety. Its value lies in its ability to give energy and create calmness at the same time. Some small scientific studies support the health benefits of ashwagandha, suggesting that it has anti-oxidizing, anti-inflammatory, anti-stress, and sleep-inducing properties. It may also act as a tonic to improve overall health and energy. Ashwagandha is an adaptogen; it balances and stabilizes various physiological processes, including reducing sensitivity to stress.
Ashwagandha may soothe anxiety and promote relaxation and a sense of calmness. This effect comes from its phytochemicals, withanolides. They act as precursors to the hormones that regulate the stress response in the body. This benefit is helpful for anxiety disorders, which are often associated with high stress levels. Ashwagandha has the potential to treat agoraphobia and stress-related infertility in men. Studies show that it could be as effective as pharmacological drugs, without the harmful side effects; drowsiness, loss of sexual desire, increased appetite, and insomnia are often experienced by people on antianxiety drugs.
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