Ashwagandha is a magical herb especially for women and is commonly known as “Indian Winter Cherry” or “Indian Genseng”. It is an evergreen shrub that grows in India, the Middle East and parts of Africa. The word ashwagandha is derived from Sanskarit words “Ashwa” which means horse and “Gandha” which means odour. It is considered as a Rasayana which means that it helps in lengthening the life span. It is well known for its rejuvenating and therapeutic properties. It is also known as Bhalya, something which increases strength and Vajikara, which promotes healthy sexual functioning. Ashwagandha leaves though bitter in taste are rich in iron. Its roots are used to treat multiple conditions like arthritis, anxiety, menstrual problems, insomnia, stress, constipation, diabetes, nervous breakdown, obesity, memory loss, snake bites etc (Kama Ayurveda, n.d.).
Let us discuss some of its benefits for women: -
It has a calming effect on body. It is an adaptogen means that it helps the body adapt to stress. When we are under stress, our body releases Cortisol, the stress hormone. Higher amount of cortisol can cause muscle weakness, onset of wrinkles and cognitive impairment. Ashwagandha minimises secretion of Cortisol, thereby helping you stress free. It can also delay onset of ageing, that’s why its called magical herb for women (Kama Ayurveda, n.d.).
It also has some sleep inducing properties beneficial for those suffering from insomnia. It contains such incredible compounds that promotes sleep induction (Kama Ayurveda, n.d.).
Our immunity is worn down by several factors daily like stress, inflammation and lack of sleep. It improves all of those factors and overall physical health and stamina. It improves the activity of natural killer cells, immune cells that fight infection hence boosting our immunity. It also elevates levels of superoxide dismutase and glutathione peroxidase, the two most important anti-oxidants and health promoting substances known to man (Times of India, 2019)
Memory loss is associated with ageing but if u want to stay alert include ashwagandha in your diet. It prevents the onset of brain cell degeneration, a process that leads to memory loss. It is a potential healer of the nerve cells. It allows the body to use oxygen more efficiently thus enhancing memory (Desk, 2017).
Ashwagandha is known for providing relief from mental stress and inducing a good mood. This increases blood flow and helps in enhancing your sexual potency. It is known as an aphrodisiac meaning that it can improve sexual dysfunction in women and can help them achieve orgasms (Pattnaik, 2020).
It has a variety of benefits for heart health including providing treatment to high cholesterol, high blood pressure, chest pain and other heart diseases (Kama Ayurveda, n.d.).
It also increases stamina facilitating the body to reserve and sustain vital energy throughout the day to promote sound sleep at night. It increases ur overall ability to exercise and work(Kama Ayurveda, n.d.).
During menopause, your body experiences hormone imbalances, which may cause hot flushes, anxiety, depression, sleep troubles. Ashwagandha acts on the endocrine system and helps normalizes secretion of hormone, thereby alleviating these symptoms (Pattnaik, 2020).
It also protects the skin from infections and acne due to its antimicrobial and antibacterial properties. It also boosts collagen in skin which prevents it from ageing. It heals pimples and blackheads, reduces scar and improves skin tone and repairs inflammation. (Kama Ayurveda, n.d.).
It’s a one stop solution to all your hair problems. It is used for treatment of hairfall, dry scalp and dandruff. It also prevents melanin loss which saves you from premature greying of hair (Pattnaik, 2020).
It helps in weight loss, battling diabetes, improving thyroid health, treating ulcers, asthma, vitiligo, cancers and Alzheimer disease. It also regulates blood sugar levels(Kama Ayurveda, n.d.).
In short, it has multiple and uncountable benefits for everyone but specially women. So include this wonder herb in your diet, add it to your morning cereal, consume its powder in various liquid forms or take supplements but make sure to take advantage of this miracle of nature.
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1.Kama Ayurveda. (n.d.). 16 Powerful Benefits of Ashwagandha for Health and Beauty. Retrieved September 16, 2021, from https://www.kamaayurveda.com/blog/ashwagandha-benefits/
2.Pattnaik, C. (2020, June 29). From better orgasms to weight loss, here’s why ashwagandha is a woman’s best friend. Healthshots. https://www.healthshots.com/healthy-eating/superfoods/these-6-reasons-will-prove-that-ashwagandha-is-every-womans-best-friend/
3.Times of India. (2019, August 21). Health benefits of Ashwagandha - Times of India. The Times of India. https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/life-style/health-fitness/diet/health-benefits-of-ashwagandha/articleshow/59174163.cms
4.Desk, I. T. W. (2017, February 2). 5 magical health benefits of Ashwagandha. India Today. https://www.indiatoday.in/lifestyle/story/ashwagandha-this-ancient-indiant-plant-extends-life-span-and-rebuilds-brain-lifest-957417-2017-01-31