Ancient Traditions for Modern Times
Clinical Herbalist Reviewed on November 24, 2011 by Paulina Nelega, RH
According to Ayurveda, the ancient healing system of India, Ashwagandha is considered the premier herb for imbalances of ‘vata.’
These are conditions that generally correspond to the nervous system, which is why Ashwagandha is beneficial for helping to calm the mind and ease anxiety, balance the nervous system, and help promote a general sense of wellbeing.
Ashwagandha is an ‘adaptogen,’ which are herbs or nutrients that strengthen overall vitality and vigor and enhance stamina. It is often called “Indian Ginseng” because of its similarity to Asian Ginseng (Panax ginseng) in this regard. Ginseng, however, can be overly stimulating for some individuals; Ashwagandha may be more suitable for general and long-term use.
Ashwagandha can be used preventatively by those who expend a lot of energy or are under chronic stress. It helps to strengthen constitutional weaknesses and provides additional life force, or qi (chi), to help adapt to stresses at hand.
It can also be used as a restorative for those who have already become run down. Ashwagandha, as part of an overall rejuvenative plan, can provide benefit with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), depression, debility, recovery from wasting diseases, and with emotional stress.
Ashwagandha is also a specific for autoimmune disorders, as it supports the body in its ability to ‘self-regulate,’ and can provide benefit with chronic neuromuscular disorders such as fibromyalgia (FM) and multiple sclerosis (MS).
Ashwagandha Root helps to:
• Encourage a calmer state of mind and reduce anxiety
• Support a more positive outlook
• Help maintain a balanced hormonal system
• Strengthen resistance to stress
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Paulina Nelega, RH, has been in private practice as a Clinical Herbalist for over 15 years. She has developed and taught courses in herbal medicine, and her articles on health have appeared in numerous publications. She is very passionate about the healing power of nature. Ask Dr. Jan