Ashwagandha is one of the most wonderful herbs I have come across in my life. The herb can be taken in small quantities for a long time which would have a profound impact on our health and mind. Here, I have focused on the key medicinal uses of taking it, in what dosages it should be taken and the benefits we get by taking it.
In Ayurveda, Ashwagandha is considered as one of the wonder herbs. It is a healing herb available extensively in India. It has been used for more than thousands of years. Popularly called as “Indian Ginseng”, it is still regarded as a powerful aphrodisiac.
The roots have high medicinal properties and are dried, powdered and used as medicine.
Common and Botanical names
The name Ashwagandha has its origin in Sanskrit, which means “horse’s smell”. The name has originated from the odor of its root which resembles that of a sweaty horse. Ashwagandha belongs to the species called somnifera, which means “sleep-inducing”.
The Botanical name of Ashwagandha is Withania somnifera and belongs to the family Solanaceae. The common names of the herb are Amukkara in Tamil, Winter Cherry, Asagandh, Pennerugadda, etc.
Primary Medicinal Uses
There are various sexual problems faced by various people – not able to maintain the erectness of penis, not able to last longer in bed, no sexual feeling and loss of erectness. Ashwagandha is a magical herb which cures all sexual related problems.
Ashwagandha is a very powerful aphrodisiac available on earth. When consumed, it increases the sexual power, especially in males. It increases sex Libido, and helps to last longer in bed.
When consumed, the herb increases sperm count and quality thereby increasing chances of fertility.
Consuming Ashwagandha renovates and revitalizes the entire body. It rejuvenates the reproductive organs, revitalizes the nerves and gives new energy to the body. It brings in new energy to the body thereby eradicating the body weakness and fatigue. It also brings in relaxation to the mind and provides restful sleep.
The herb has the potential to prevent aging and maintain the youthfulness. It boosts the immunity in the body and helps fight against diseases.
Lowers Blood Pressure
The herb is very effective in bringing down the blood pressure. It also reduces the stress.
Controls Diabetes and Lowers Cholesterol
Consuming the herb lowers the sugar levels and keeps it under control. It also lowers the cholesterol levels in the body.
The herb has the potential to reduce the inflammation of joints and cures Arthritis.
Cures Digestive Disorders
The herb has the property to increase appetite, cure digestion related problems and normalises the digestion process.
Other Medicinal Uses
Those suffering from sleeplessness can consume the herb. It brings in calmness to the mind and induces peaceful sleep.
White Discharge in women
Those suffering from white discharge can consume the herb. This would cure you of white discharge.
- It is effective in curing the anxiety and depression of people.
- It is effective in treating people suffering from tuberculosis since the herb contains iron content present in the blood.
- It helps to cure white discharge and infertility in women
How to consume Ashwagandha in various forms
Ashwagandha can be taken as Herbal Tonic Supplement for both Men and Women regularly.
In Powder form
Those who prefer to consume the herb in powder form, you can take about a half teaspoon of the powder and mix it with a quarter tumbler of warm milk and consume it. This can be taken twice daily. In India, IMPCOPS is very famous and provides very high quality of the herb in powder form.
In Capsule form
Those who do not like the bitter taste of the powder, can take the herb in powder form. You can take about 2 capsules twice a day after food in the morning and night. In India, Himalaya is very famous in selling such capsules.
In Lehyam form
Ashwagandha Lehyam is very commonly available in all country shops (Naatu kadai). They grind the Ashwagandha powder, mix with ghee and store in a bottle. This can be stored and used regularly.
Dosage of Ashwagandha
To increase sexual power
Take one spoon of Ashwagandha Lehyam or half a spoon of the powder or 2 capsules twice daily for about a month. You will notice a remarkable difference in the sperm quality, quantity, sexual power and the ability to last longer.
To Rejuvenate the Body and nerves
Mix half a spoon of Ashwagandha powder, honey, sugar candy and ghee and consume it after food. You can also mix Ashwagandha with Tribula powder and consume daily. After taking the medicine, talk a tumbler of warm milk.
To maintain the youthfulness and to stop aging
Mix half a spoon of Ashwagandha with Amla juice and consume daily. It helps you to maintain the youthfulness and remain young.
How long you need to take to realize its benefits
The dosage and time period depends on the level of damage present in the body and age. However, for adults, benefits can be realised when taken regularly for a week. Adults are advised to take the medicine for atleast 3 to 4 week’s continously to realise the full benefits. For people over 40, Ashwagandha needs to be taken regularly for about 3 and 6 months.
In case you plan to take it for a prolonged time or througout your life, take the medicine for about 6 weeks and then take a break for about 10 days before starting next dosage.
Alternatively, you can take regularly on alternate days throughout life.
- Ashwagandha does not produce any adverse side effects when taken in prescribed dosage.
- Pregnant women when taken has adverse effect on the foetus.
- Sufficient human studies have not been done with Ashwagandha. Hence the side effects of consuming it for a longer period is not known. However, there has been one report that Ashwagandha can stimulate the thyroid and lead to thyrotoxicosis in some people when taken in excess quantities for a prolonged period.
- Patients suffering from high blood pressure, stomach ulcers are advised not to take the herb.