All of us are born with a spark, with an energy. As we grow, that light dims. Stress, jobs, and daily life get in the way. Fortunately, when this light dims, it is not gone. We are a part of this universe, and on this planet, we humans are not alone. We coexist with everything. For example, the carbon dioxide that we exhale becomes food for trees, which then in turn give us oxygen back. As much as we would like to say that we are independent creatures, we live an interdependent life with nature. We live in a world where we can help heal each other.
Earth has so many herbs that can help the human being when the spark is dim. Among them, Ashwagandha is one of the top herbs. The scientific name for ashwagandha is Withania somnifera. It has so much power that many people refer to it as the Indian ginseng. The sacred books of Ayurveda refer to Ashwagandha as “Rasayan.” Rasayan refers to any substance that has a rejuvenating quality and/or reduces emotional tension and bodily discomfort. It establishes a solid foundation of overall physical, mental, and emotional stability in us.
The most well-known qualities of Ashwagandha:
- Emotional stabilizer
On top of these qualities, it supports longevity and vitality. It helps build strength. It stabilizes mood. Stress can bring havoc on the body, but this herb may support us to shield against its negative effects. It helps against maldevelopment in children. It helps with blood deficiencies and reduces inflammatory, arthritic, and rheumatic conditions. It is particularly useful in alleviating negative conditions associated with old age like dementia and Alzheimer's. It is a mild diuretic and therefore reduces excessive bodily fluid, and it clears edema and heart disease.
For millennia, ashwagandha has been used on the South Asian subcontinent. The lands at the foothills of the Himalayas provide the fertile conditions for ashwagandha to grow. The nutrient-rich powers and properties are transformed into this herb which gives it a transformative power when we consume it.
Modern research on Ashwagandha shows that it can be consumed by itself or as part of a health formula. For best effects, take 2 to 3 grams at least twice a day with warm milk or warm water. It has almost zero known contraindications. Ashwagandha works best when you take it in the morning or at night before sleeping.
Bhavna Mehta, ERYT-500, AHC
Bhavna is a National Ayurvedic Medical Association Certified Health Counselor and Yoga teacher. She has been sharing her experience in both Ayurveda and Yoga with her students for nearly 18 years. She can be reached at email@example.com