ASHWAGANDHA – INDIA’S ANCIENT HERB FOR ANXIETY
Clinical Herbalist Reviewed on January 6, 2011 by Paulina Nelega, RH
According to the ancient science of Ayurveda, Ashwagandha is the premier herb for imbalances of ‘vata,’ conditions that generally correspond to the nervous system. It has been used in India for thousands of years, and is especially good for anxiety as it helps to calm the mind, balance the nervous system, and promote a sense of wellbeing.
Sometimes called “Indian Ginseng” because of its usefulness for strengthening vitality and sexual vigor, I prefer Ashwagandha for women or for long-term use, because of its gentler action.
A great overall adaptogen herb, it’s even better when combined with Rhodiola, Passionflower, and Skullcap for anxiety and stress.
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