Saturday, November 30, 2013

Can U Say Ashwaganda ??

     Well let's start the Christmas Season with a tongue twister


Ashwagandha is used to restore male libido, cure impotence and increase male fertility. It is widely used in southern Asia as a male sexuality tonic. The Ashwagandha improves physical energy and athletic ability, increase immunity to colds and infections and is a fertility plant. Ashwagandha extract is classified by many herbalists as an adaptogen. Adaptogen is a specific substance believed to enhance your body's ability to handle stress. It is a small evergreen shrub that bears bright red fruits and small greenish flowers. It belongs to the Solanaceae family and can grow to a height of two feet. It grows in Africa, the Middle East and India, and North America. It is also known as "Winter Cherry" and "Indian Ginseng". One reason for ashwagandha's reputation as a general energy-promoting, disease-preventing tonic may be its effect on the immune system. A number of studies have shown significant increases in white blood cell counts and other measures of strengthened immunity in lab animals given ashwagandha or certain chemicals extracted from the herb. Ashwagandha may also have a mild sedative effect on the central nervous system and in animal studies it has been shown to be a muscle relaxant. Ashwagandha can strengthen immune system function. The sitoindosides in ashwagandha enhance phagocyte action, resulting in strong immune system function and the destruction and elimination of pathogens from the body. In addition to eliminating pathogens from the body, ashwagandha also exerts strong antioxidant effects. Free-radicals or oxidants are harmful ions, that can damage organs, muscle tissue, and DNA, leading to increased cortisol levels, depressed immune system function, and muscular inflammation. By scavenging the body for free radicals and eliminating them, ashwagandha can protect your body from damage, and relieve joint and muscle pain, speeding up your recovery from exercise. Also a mild sedative, ashwagandha calms the body and soothes the mind, leading to a general reduction in stress and anxiety. This reduction in stress also results in reduced cortisol levels. Ashwagandha can boost the libido in both males AND females by normalizing hormone function and improving testosterone profile.

For thousands of years, Indian health practitioners have prescribed ashwagandha as a treatment for cerebral disorders in the elderly, including memory loss. Scholars from the University of Leipzig looked at the effects of ashwagandha on the brain. They dosed rats with ashwagandha and then looked at their brains to see if ashwagandha affected neurotransmitters. The research showed that ashwagandha led to more acetylcholine receptor activity. The research concluded that the increase of activity in that particular neurotransmitter could account for the increase in cognitive ability and memory that is attributed to ashwagandha.
Ashwagandha has also been used in traditional medicine to treat fevers, particularly by African tribes.When choosing your supplier of Ashwagandha there are questions to consider relating to quality of the herbs, the values of the company, and the impact on the environment. Is the supplier able to trace the herbs back to the field they were grown in? Traceability of the herbs from field to shelf allows the supplier to know where and how the herbs were grown and when they were harvested. FYI here are some of the claims for ashwagandah:
  • Supports a healthy immune system
  • Calms mental processes
  • Fosters healthy sleep patterns
  • Benefits a healthy reproductive system in both males and females 
  • Sustains energy levels, strength, and vitality, including with physical activity
  • Supports healthy back and joints
In a 2008 study, scientists tested ashwagandha's effects on human cartilage and found that the herb may help protect against inflammation and cartilage damage associated with osteoarthritis. In a 2003 study, tests on human tumor cell lines revealed that ashwagandha may slow the growth of lung, breast, and colon cancer cells. Published in 2007, another study on human cells shows that ashwagandha may inhibit tumor growth without harming normal cells. Ashwagandha may help normalize high blood sugar and improve insulin sensitivity, according to preliminary, animal-based research published in 2008. Researchers at the University of Texas Health Science Center also looked at the effects of ashwagandha. They found that extracts of the shrub had activity that was similar to GABA, which could explain why the plant is effective in reducing anxiety. Another study, conducted in 2002, found that ashwagandha leads to increased growth of axons and dendrites. Another study in 2001 found that the plant can enhance memory. Ashwagandha is also used externally, to relieve inflammation, arthritis, and to treat skin diseases like skin ulcers, infections and acne. It's great for facials and will relieve dark circles under the eyes. The high iron levels in Ashwagandha may help to improve red blood cell and hemoglobin levels. Most recently it has been having good results for those undergoing cancer treatments. Ashwagandha is used to treat stress, fatigue, pain, diabetes, gastrointestinal ailments, arthritis, epilepsy and skin diseases or infections, says the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. The traditional use is as a powder, mixed with warm milk and honey, and taken before bed, for calming and helping with sleep patterns, reproductive system, and strength. You can make a tea by boiling 1 to 2 grams of ashwagandha root in 1 cup of milk or water for 15 to 20 minutes, drinking the tea three times per day. You can also take 1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon three times daily of the ashwagandha extract tincture or 3 to 6 grams of dried root in capsule form once each day. However you should adhere to label directions of whatever product you try. Ashwagandha is not a central nervous system stimulant, and it has an excellent safety profile. It is believed to be safe for most people, but talk with your medical provider about the benefits of ashwagandha extract before you begin taking advantage of this special herbal supplement. Good Luck..






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