When we talk about stress and anxiety there is always a need to tell people how they can rein control over these issues. Stress and anxiety ruin one’s mental peace and makes it difficult for a person to deal with the everyday challenges. There are various ways to deal with stress and anxiety – breathing exercises, self-talk, meditation and lot of other stuff. But at times these self-help techniques might not work. Some people sought medical help and some turn to natural remedies to take care of these chronic conditions. In fact, many get relief from impending stress and anxiety when they take help of Ayurveda. There are a lot of herbs in Ayurveda which help in stress relief but the most effective one among them is – Ashwagandha which is also known as Indian Ginseng. Here are few health benefits of ashwagandha. 

There are various studies that claim that ashwagandha helps to ease stress and help control anxiety. It has a host of therapeutic properties that help to boost the physiological and psychological health of a person. The medicinal part is extracted from the roots. Apart from having medicinal and therapeutic properties ashwagandha is also considered to be adaptogenic in nature which means the herb helps in balancing the body’s adrenalin functions and regulate the nervous system. All of this helps one to adapt better to a stressful situation and deal better with a bout of anxiety. Here are seven things you need to stop doing when you are stressed. 

The herb also helps to regulate the hormonal imbalances that lead to anxiety and increase cortisol levels. It boosts energy and suppresses the production of cortisol when in a stressful situation. It also helps to calm the senses and aid a good sleep in people who suffer from chronic anxiety or stress.

Most of the time ashwagandha is given in form of pills to people who suffer from chronic stress and anxiety. In general, ashwagandha pills are available at any leading Ayurveda stores but it is advisable to meet a practitioner first to discuss your problem. Never take the pill without an expert’s advice. While there are no reported side-effects of this herb documented till date, one should be cautious with the drug.

Ashwagandha is considered a highly effective and safe herb to treat psychological issues but there are certain conditions when one should prohibit the use of the herb in any form. It is not recommended to take Ashwagandha if you:

  • are pregnant or breastfeeding,
  • diabetic
  • have high blood pressure
  • suffer from any kind of autoimmune disease,
  • take certain medications (such as immunosuppressants, thyroid prescriptions or sedatives).

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Pratte, M. A., Nanavati, K. B., Young, V., & Morley, C. P. (2014). An Alternative Treatment for Anxiety: A Systematic Review of Human Trial Results Reported for the Ayurvedic Herb Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera). Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 20(12), 901–908. http://doi.org/10.1089/acm.2014.0177

Published: June 23, 2018 6:06 pm