How Ashwagandha Helps Treat Anxiety?
With fast-paced lifestyle come illnesses that are not at all expected. There are so many people out there who are affected by stress and anxiety. The sad part is that their problem often goes undiagnosed. However, times are changing for the better.
Ayurveda seems to have a cure for each and every ailment including anxiety. This post aims at giving you a glimpse of the power of this herb in treating anxiety. The Indian herb Ashwagandha seems to be helpful for the condition. Ashwagandha has a rich tradition and it has been in use for 3000 years in India to treat people with anxiety, low energy and negative effects of aging.
The word ‘Ashwagandha’ literally means ‘smell of horse’. It has a dual meaning one being that the herb has its own aromatic quality and the second is that its consumption can help one gain horse like strength and vitality. No, you won’t smell like a horse when you take this herb 😛 but will have increased vigour and energy.
How does the herb work?
A lot of studies have been carried out to find out the benefits of ashwagandha. It is known to lower inflammation, help treat Parkinson’s Disease and other related neurological disorders. It has also helped cancer treatment by supporting the count of white blood cells. The herb has several plant compounds that help the physiology of the body. The most well researched phytochemicals in it are alkaloids and lactones; they are hormonal precursors. Ashwagandha is an adaptogenic, which means that it will help in increasing effect when there is low activity and at the same time will block excess stimulation when the activity is rather high. This makes it a good choice for the wild hormonal changes that occur during anxiety.
How Ashwagandha treats anxiety?
Clinical research has found that ashwagandha is quite helpful in calming anxiety and specifically help those who get anxious in open or crowded places (agoraphobia). Most of the knowledge about the herb ashwagandha is based on history and animal studies. However, more clinical studies are being done.
One study of 64 volunteers had two groups, where one group was asked to take ashwagandha and the other group was asked to have a placebo, two times a day for a period of 60 days. The ashwagandha capsule had 300 mg of the extract from the root. The group that was given the ashwagandha root extract showed a significant reduction in anxiety after a period of two months, without any kind of side effects. It was most noted that cortisol was reduced in the group that took the herb. Corstisol is the stress hormone that tends to go up when we get stressed out. The hormone creates fatigue and mental fogginess. The brain structures for emotion and memory get damaged when the levels of cortisol get too high.
Other studies involving ashwagandha show that they benefit stressed out women who have enlarged adrenal glands by showing positive changes in cortisol and progesterone. There has also been an improvement in a difficult to treat hair fall condition called alopecia. Ashwagandha has also been beneficial in the case of men with stress-related fertility issues.
It is best to consult an Ayurvedic doctor with regard to the dosage and other details.
So, that was all about the herb ashwagandha and its connection in treating anxiety.
Hope the post has been beneficial!
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