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 - powdered roots
Our ashwagandha is strong enough to be used in capsules or eaten directly, and can also be brewed into tea with milk or butter to make an effective tonic drink. Average doses range from 1 to 4 grams (1-2 teaspoons), 1-3 times a day. Ashwagandha works best when taken daily and supports a balance between expressive energy and inner peace.
Ashwagandha is an ingredient of the Egyptian Chocolate formulation.
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.
Ashwagandha is the universal adaptogen and provides effects that blend well with all other tonic herbs, going best with those that have a similar taste, that of cocoa or the starchy root or bean. The herbs with the greatest affinity to ashwagandha are: Astragalus, Bacopa, Cacao, Catuaba, Codonopsis, Cordyceps, Eleuthero, Fo-ti, Ginseng, Gotu kola, Guarana, Holy basil, Kanna, Kola nut, Maca, Mucuna, Muira puama, Rehmannia, Rhodiola rosea, Safed musli, Sarsaparilla, Shatavari, Sida cordifolia, Suma, Tribulus, and virtually all of our hand formulated elixirs.
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