Ashwagandha is an adaptogen with both calming and invigorating effects. Typically found in India, it is often used by those with overworked and tense lives. Ashwagandha is known as Indian Ginseng and it is currently being applied in Ayurvedic medicine to treat hypertension and stress related ailments.
Withania somnifera, Indian Ginseng
Primary: adaptogen, calmative, mind enhancer
Withanine is the primary active, but others include somniferine, somnine, pseudo-withanine, tropine, pseudo-tropine, cuscohygrine, anferine and anhydrine.
Types: Cut and sifted foliage
Our ashwagandha foliage has similar, but slightly different effects than the popular root powder. The foliage is a golden color and can be crumpled easily in the hands and smoked in a pipe or with a rolling paper. Ashwagandha, being a member of the nightshade family, like tobacco, contains trace amounts of nicotine. These small concentrations of nicotine and other nightshade compounds can stimulate the nicotinic acetylcholine receptor, and offer relief to those who are quitting or reducing their nicotine usage, with none of the addictive tendency that comes with tobacco.
Ashwagandha has been traditionally used in Ayurveda to help the body deal with chronic fatigue, impotency, memory loss, neurological problems and anxiety. It has actions as a motivational stimulant, aphrodisiac, cognitive enhancer, and calmness producing agent.
Ashwagandha is believed to be a very useful tool for reducing anxiety due to it's GABA mimicking effects. Ashwagandha also stimulates the thyroid, enhancing energy levels. Ashwagandha has been shown to posses immense anti-oxidant activity and recent research has shown that ashwagandha protects the brain from damage caused by morphine withdrawal. Ashwagandha has also been shown to increase acetylcholine receptor activity while upregulating the affinity of the muscaranic acetylcholine receptors 1 and 2, this may explain its positive effects on cognition and memory. Ashwagandha is mentioned in the Kama Sutra as an herb to be used for heightening the sexual experience and can help extend the duration of the act of love making thanks to its endurance enhancing properties. Ashwagandha is a an excellent daily herb, the effects building and maintaining over time. Ashwagandha has been used for over 3,000 years and the vast amount of scientific and historical evidence of its benefits speaks for itself. It comes highly recommended in times of severe strife and stress and is a vital ally for lessening stress without decreasing energy levels.
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