Ashwagandha is used as an “adaptogen” to help the body cope with daily stress, In Ayurvedic, Indian, and Unani medicine, ashwagandha is described as “Indian ginseng.” Ashwagandha has been traditionally used in Ayurveda to improve both physical and mental health. Ashwagandha is a very good source of antioxidants. These antioxidants are very effective in scavenging and neutralizing free radicals produced during the process of metabolism.
Ashwagandha is also believed to possess anti-stress properties. Traditionally, it had been administered to induce a soothing and calming effect on a person. Some people also use ashwagandha for improving thinking ability, decreasing pain and swelling and preventing the effects of ageing.
Ashwagandha has anti-inflammatory properties that come from the alkaloids, saponins, and steroidal lactones found within it. Ashwagandha`s anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, and anti-stressor properties are good for cardiovascular health problems. It strengthens the heart muscles and can also control cholesterol.
It has been widely believed for many centuries that Ashwagandha had aphrodisiac properties and people used it as a medication to improve vitality and fertility. It is used for fertility problems in men and women and also to increase sexual desire.
Pregnant women are advised to avoid consumption of Ashwagandha, as it possesses abortive properties. Doctors advise caution while using Ashwagandha because it could interact with regular medications, especially for those who are suffering from diseases like diabetes, hypertension, anxiety, depression, and insomnia.