Wednesday, 4 November 2015

7 Top Benefits, Uses & Side Effects Of Ashwagandha For Men & Women For Anxiety, Sleep & Weight Loss


Ashwagandha is a very very important herbal plant that we all should get to know, ashwagandha is the Sanskrit name of the plant. It is actually a natures wonder in bringing back the lost health and vigor. It is famous all over India and it is used extensively in unanai and ayurvedic medicines. Ashwagandha also is used in home remedies for centuries. Ashwagandha is called winter cherry and Indian ginseng in English and it's botanical name is Withania Somnifera. It is called Amukkara Kizhangu in Tamil, Asgandh in Hindhi, Paneru in Telugu and Kanchuki in Kannada. It is named ashwagandha because the root of the plant smells like horse (ashwa means horse and gandha means smell) and some also say it is named because it gives one the strength of the horse. Ashwagandha plant is a stout shrub that grows up to 5 to 6 feet and it bears red fruits. The root of ashwagandha is the most used in medicines and even in remedies, we use only the root. When you read about the medicinal uses and health benefits of ashwagandha, you will also readily agree with me that it is indeed a medical wonder! Since ashwagandha is popular all over the world many of it's amazing traditional uses have been researched and proven scientifically. Ashwagandha is very very popular as an anti stress medicine, in bringing back the lost strength (works very well for treating fatigue and general weakness) and in increasing the sperm count in men. If you are looking for ways to increase your immunity and reduce stress, I would strongly suggest ashwagandha. Though ashwagandha is popularly believed to increase the height of a person, I couldn't find any study supporting it and also the use of ashwagandha by people with thyroid disorders should be done only under the supervision of a medical practitioner. Ashwagandha dosage: usually 3 to 5 grams of the the powder is recommended per day and the capsules up to 500 mg per day. Ashwagandha powder can be mixed with milk and had everyday. Ashwagandha is sold in capsule | tablet form or as powder (churna), you can use either one. We also get the dried roots, usually cut in pieces but I would suggest the powder. Ashwagandha Side Effects: Pregnant women and breast feeding mothers should not consume ashwagandha. Overdosing of ashwagandha will lead to stomach upset, diarrhea and vomiting. 

 

 7 TOP BENEFITS, USES & SIDE EFFECTS OF ASHWAGANDHA FOR MEN & WOMEN FOR ANXIETY, SLEEP, SKIN, HAIR, CANCER, DIABETES & WEIGHT LOSS:

1. Ashwagandha For Diabetes: 

Ashwagandha has been proven to decrease the blood sugar levels through scientific research. Since the study was done with different dosages of ashwagandha, it clearly shows the dosage and the blood sugar lowering activity of ashwagandha. For the study, 42 rats were selected and were divided into 7 groups, ethanolic extract of ashwagandha were administered in different dosages and some groups were given only saline and distilled water. The rats that were given 100mg and 200 mg of ashwagandha per body weight of the rats almost brought the blood sugar levels to normal but 200 mg per body weight of ashwagandha was slightly better that 100mg per body weight....

 2. Ashwagandha For Skin and Hair: A Natural Tonic

Since ashwagandha lowers the cortisol levels in the body, it greatly prevents stress related hair loss and ashwagandha also is said to prevent premature greying of the hair and promote hair growth. The antioxidant effect of ashwagandha has been proven through research and because it is a very effective antioxidant, it greatly prevents akin aging. Ashwagandha also has anti inflammatory properties which helps heal all the skin inflammations very soon. Since stress is a major cause of hair fall and premature aging of  the skin, taking ashwagandha will greatly reduce it.

 3. Ashwagandha For Increasing Sperm Count in Men:

 Ashwagandha has been used in traditional ayurvedic medicine to improve the sperm count for thousands of years. This has been proven scientifically now. For the study, 40 men with lesser semen count were chosen and were given 675 mg of root extract of ashwagandha in 3 doses daily for a period of 90 days, after 90 days, there was 167 % increase in sperm count and 53 % increase in semen volume! The placebo group showed no significant increase in their semen count and this study clearly proved the use of ashwagandha for increasing the sperm count....

4. Ashwagandha For Stress & Anxiety: 

Ashwagandha is an anti stress herb and this amazing quality of ashwagandha has also been proven through clinical research. For the study 6people were selected with a history of chronic stress and were divided into 2 groups. One group were given 300 mg of root extract of aswagandha and the other half took placebo. They were checked once every 15 days and the final assessment was done after 60 days. There was significant reduction in stress when tested and the cortisol levels were also greatly reduced than the placebo group. The best part was there was no adverse side effects. If you are going through a rough patch in life or not able to deal with stress, consider taking ashwagandha for a few weeks.

 5. Ashwandha For Sleep: 

Since ashwagandha reduces the cortisol levels, it greatly aids in sleep. Since ashwagandha is a very very famous herb, numerous studies have been done on all the traditional uses and the use of ashwagandha for sleep is also proven. Interestingly the study was done on the effect of ashwagandha for promoting sleep on already sleep deprived rats. We all know that the more sleep deprived we are, we rarely get good quality sleep. The results proved that when ashwagandha was given before bed time, it did increase the quality and the duration of the sleep time. If you are a person who is heavily sleep deprived and is finding it hard to get good sleep every night, consider taking ashwagandha for a few days.

6. Ashwagandha For Cancer:

Ashwagandha's effect on cancer cells were studied and the water extract of ashwagandha proved without doubt to have anti cancer properties. In the study the water extract of ashwagandha showed tumor suppression activity. The best part was like the ethanolic extract of ashwagandha, the water extract, which can be easily consumed by everyone also possesses the same anti cancer properties. It showed toxicity to cancer cells at the dosage of .8 % and it did not have any side effects on the normal cells. A simple water decoction of ashwagandha slowing down the growth of cancer cells amazes me!

7. Ashwagandha For Weight Loss, Muscle Gain & Cholesterol Reduction:

 Ashwagandha has been proven to increase the muscle mass through research! Wih increase in muscle mass it is easy to reduce the body fat. The study was conducted on 18 healthy individuals for 30 days with the dosage being increased every 10 days from 750 mg to 1000 mg and finally to 1250 mg. One person couldn't tolerate the dosage and was removed the study, all the others tolerated ashwagandha very well. The lean body mass and the fat percentage before and after the study confirmed what our elders have always known, that ashwagandha does indeed increase the muscle mass and gives one the strength of a horse :). The subjects also experienced reduction in their LDL cholesterol and all of them uniformly experienced improvement in their quality 


63 comments:

  1. Will this cure the problem of premature ejaculation. If not which herb is best for premature ejaculation problem.

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    1. Ashwagandha will help treat premature ejaculation...

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    2. Hi mam, I am 24 yrs old boy. Is this powder is good treatment for premature ejaculation mam? It will elapse the time? Is there any side effect will come?

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    3. Ashwagandha is a good remedy for treating premature ejaculation and if taken in proper dosage will not cause any side effects...

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    4. hi, what is proper dosage. can u suggest

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    5. Usually 300 to 500 mg of ashwagandha powder is the suggested general daily dosage. But it is always best to take herbs after consulting a medical professional to determine the correct dosage for the problem based on one's body type...

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    6. Hi Mam , I am just want to try ashwagandha powder , age 24. i am thinking , i am forgetting things, may be due to work press. My friend told me to try ashwagandha .What is suggestible dosage , times ? please

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    7. Hi, mam
      " Usually 300 to 500 mg of ashwagandha powder is the suggested general daily dosage. " It's your comment when you replied. I'm sorry for it. I'm using capsule of Patanjali and can't you suggest that exactly what should be the exact dosage of Ashwagandha powder as you know that if i ask any physician so he won't suggest me . You better understand it mam so kindly tell us as i'm 23 year old and am having same issue..

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    1. You can get ashwagandha powder in most of the herb shops as it is quite popular. You can also order it online through shops like amazon...

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  3. Ramya Mam, can I use Ashwagandha along with other churnas like Thripala and Bhringaraj without them causing any side effects?

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    1. When taking different powders together especially for longer duration I would suggest consulting an ayurvedic physician as they will guide us with the proper dosage depending on each one's body...

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    2. madam suggest dosage for weight gain, fatigue and general weakness. i am 25 years

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  4. hallo madam ashwagandha is good for nerves weakness.i am always got tired .little work.are even little distance i am so tired

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    1. Ashwagandha is very good for nerve weakness and tiredness, I would suggest you take it...

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  5. i have hb problem, i am a female, i mean to say its not stable, so may i try this? if so how much should i take, plz reply....

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    1. Hi Priya, Ashwagandha increases hemoglobin levels but I am not sure whether it will be helpful for hb problem...

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  6. How should Ashwaganda oil be used for premature ejaculation?

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  7. will the 250 mg one tablet each twice a day ok to consume or a 850mg single tablet a day is also ok for it ? We get both types when buying so I asked..

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    1. I am sorry for the late reply. Usually the suggested dosage that is effective for most problems is 300 to 500 mg, I would suggest taking 250 mg twice a day. You can also consult an ayurvedic physician if planning on taking ashwagandha for a long time...

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  8. I have a hypo thyroid. Can I use it regularly? If not at what frequency. Please let me know. Thanks. Ganesh

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  9. I have a hypo thyroid. Can I use it regularly? If not at what frequency. Please let me know. Thanks. Ganesh

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    1. Though the interaction between taking ashwagandha and thyroid medications is minor, I would still kindly suggest taking it only after mentioning it to your physician...

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  10. I have a hypo thyroid. Can I use it regularly? If not at what frequency. Please let me know. Thanks.

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  11. hi, Ashwagandha can take ladies? especially trying to pregnant ladies and pregnant ladies.

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    1. Pregnant women should avoid taking ashwagandha...

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  12. how much and when to have aswagandhadhi lehyam for the better results

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  13. how much and when to have aswagandhadhi lehyam for the better results

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    1. Usually 300 to 500 mg of ashwagandha powder is the suggested general daily dosage. But it is always best to take herbs after consulting a medical professional to determine the correct dosage for the problem based on one's body type...

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    2. I under gone radiotherapy for vocal chord cancer and cured. Can I use it for radiation related skin burn and scars

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  14. Madam, When to take Ashwaganda Powder with the milk? before or after meals?

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    1. Take it 10 minutes after food mixed in water or in milk

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  15. Madam, my son is suffering in LGMD2B, can he take Aswaganda powder, if yes then what is the dosage please.

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    1. Hi sir, ashwagandha is very good for building muscle mass and I think it will help your son but I would kindly suggest consulting an ayurvedic physician for the correct dosage...

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  16. Ramya! ashwaganda powder will increase height?

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    1. Ashwagandha is popularly believed to increase height but I couldn't find any study supporting this claim and I also don't know anyone who has increase their height using it so I don't know how effective it really is...

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  17. Mam, what is the difference between Aswaghandha powder and Aswaghandha choranum...

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    1. Ashwagandha powder and choranam both refer to the same thing...

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  18. Hi Ramya mam! I have mind stress and panic can i take Ashwagandha ?

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  19. Hi Ramya mam.I suffering last six month mind stress and panic can i take this Ashwagandha power can u suggest this.

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    1. Ashwagandha can be taken for stress, it helps relieve stress and anxiety...

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    2. Will it work for Neck pain

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  20. hi mam

    can ashwagandh b taken on replacement fr steroids on athelets?

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    1. Ashwagandha slowly increases the muscle mass over time with regular use and does not have any instant results over athletic performance...

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    2. Mam im 16yrs old and i want to grow my height more so can i use this powder. And one more question should it helpful for hair can ashwagandha cause hair fall

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  21. Hello Ramya,

    I'm suffering from chronic Neck Pain, can I take Ashwagandha Powder (amukkara powder) through Oral. Will my Neck pain get better? Please provide your advice.

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    1. Hi Sir, you can take ashwagandha powder for neck pain, it has anti inflammatory and analgesic (pain relieving) properties and it also increases muscle mass. But I would kindly suggest consulting an ayurvedic practitioner once for the correct dosage suited for your body type...

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  22. Hi mam gd evng am do writen wrk r take any objects (exam; paper tea class )in my hand my hand fingers also shake it problems solved by ashwagandha tablets am take 2 tablets daily for two times

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  23. Hi Ramya mam, I had irregular periods problem due to Pcod. Auyurvedic doctor suggested me to intake this powder along with tiripala churnam. Will this avoid me becoming pregnant?

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  24. Mam I have thyroid and to for fertility can I take ashwagandha powder without consulting doctor..

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  25. dear mam. i have tremors and i have to reduce my weight. how can i take amukkara powder, for tremors and to reduce body weight. advice me a schedule.

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  26. dear madam....my weight is 86kgs and my height is 165cm. how many grams i can take....? 1 or 2 or 3 times a day...? iam not in india, so your decision will be final for me. i trust you mam

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  27. We have been using the ashwagandha fruits for many generation. The fruits are dry-roasted with sesame oil, garlic,onion, salt and chilli powder for taste. It tastes good with boiled rice.

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  28. Hi mam i am 3o yrs old. for past 3yrs am trying for baby. my friends suggested to take amukkara powder and ashwagandha powder. is both or same? if both, shall i take both at a same time? kindly pls guide me

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  29. Hi ,is it safe for girls under 12 to take for their height .I mean any effect on puberty

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  30. Hi Madam....
    Thank you for the very useful info. We appreciiate your efforts in writing this stuff....

    When this should be taken before or after meal

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  31. Hi mam, sorry to say this. Due to some bad habits i loss my body energy. Is amukkara helps to regain the energy level. I am 26. Pls guide me for my future. Pls...,

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  32. I am 25and my weight 49kg.. :( this it help to increase my body weight

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  33. hi, my son is 2yrs old with bell's palsy can i use ashwagandha ...

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  34. Hi Mam...,Am 22., weight 50 helpfull for weight gain????

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  35. Ramyaji.. you are god himself

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  36. hi mam,
    i'm suffering from SLE can i take ashwagandha for a long time?

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  37. Hi mom
    Iam 22 years old guy, my high is164cm.
    If I drink every day, mixed with milk and rock sugar, then my height will increase or not. can you plzz suggest me the proper way.
    Thank you

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