This traditional medicine from India has been used to help combat anxiety and insomnia, and has been used for centuries to help with male sexual function. Testing has shown that Ashwaganda root causes a significant increase in white blood cells, which makes it excellent for the immune system when recovering from a chronic illness or surgery. It has also been used to help the pain of arthritic conditions. It has a positive effect on the endocrine and central nervous systems as well as the heart. It may help the body to regulate and possibly produce natural thyroid hormones. Please check with your doctor before using if you have any thyroid-related conditions or are using hormone replacement therapy.
“Withania somnifera (L.) Dunal (Solanaceae), also known as ashwagandha, is an important medicinal plant that is widely used as a home remedy for several diseases in the Indian subcontinent and other parts of the world. W. somnifera is a dietary supplement composed of various nutrients, polyphenols and alkaloids that have free radical scavenging capacity, as well as other chemical constituents that possess anti-inflammatory, antitumor, anti-stress, antioxidant, immunomodulatory, and rejuvenating properties.”
Alam, Nadia, and Monzur Hossain, et al. “Recent Advances in Elucidating the Biological Properties of Withania Somnifera and Its Potential Role in Health Benefits.” in Phytochemistry Reviews. Vol 11, Issue 1, March 2012, 97-112. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11101-011-9221-5
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