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Perimenopause spikes a hormonal imbalance, with more estrogen than progesterone due to fewer cycles. Though menopause lowers estrogen levels, with progesterone lacking, this imbalance continues. Ashwagandha moderates the effects of high levels of estrogen over progesterone and mitigates symptoms like heavy bleeding, mood swings, or hot flashes. It can even serve as an alternative to hormone replacement therapy.
Ashwagandha regulates hormone levels, calms the mind and balances moods, thereby improving the body's response to both psychological and physical stress. It also counters the effect of toxic agents that can inhibit reproductive ability. Post-partum, ashwagandha can help women regain strength, and even stimulate milk production. Large doses carry risk of abortion, so be cautious.
The recommended dose of ashwagandha root or leaf powder for both short- and long-term use is 1–2 tsps twice daily, boiled in water or mixed with milk, buttermilk, ghee, or honey. You can also have ashwagandha root or leaf extract at a dose of 600–1200 mg. The more convenient modern way is to have 1–2 capsules twice a day. There are no major side effects, but it's best avoided by pregnant women.
Ayurveda recommends ashwagandha as an aphrodisiac and as a tonic for overall health. Studies prove that it increases sperm quality, count, and motility and improves the biochemical composition of semen. It raises testosterone and luteinizing hormone levels and reduces follicle-stimulating hormone and prolactin. Ashwagandha also fights oxidative damage, counters stress, and reverses the effect of smoking on sperms. Have 1–2 tsps root extract twice daily for best benefits.
Aging leads to weakening of bones and a gradual, progressive decline in height. Withaferin A, a component of Ashwagandha, increases the proliferation of osteoblasts (cells that synthesize bone) and improves bone calcification. Ashwagandha prevents bone weakening. It also promotes bone healing after injury and assists in the growth and repair of osteoporotic bones.
Ashwagandha root and leaf extracts contain components that prevent cancer, enhance the effectiveness of cancer therapies, and alleviate the side effects of radiation and chemotherapy. Ashwagandha selectively inhibits cancer cells using five signaling pathways. It has proven effective against multiple types of cancers including brain, prostate, skin, renal, and breast cancer.
With its steroids, ashwagandha fights free radicals and increases the activity of the natural antioxidants in the body, thus lowering inflammation, a common factor in Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. It helps clear out the proteins that form plaques in an Alzheimer's brain. It improves the symptoms of Parkinson's related to muscle control, movement, and balance by raising dopamine levels. The herb has the rare ability to repair damaged neurons and reconstruct neuronal networks and synapses, which helps improve memory and cognition. No wonder Ayurveda uses it as a rejuvenator.
Ashwagandha has been found to selectively increase the production of T4 hormone and simultaneously reduce cell damage caused by free radicals. While this is especially beneficial for hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid), it might have a regulating effect on hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid) as well. Combining ashwagandha with extracts of other plants such as guggulu is considered most effective.
Cataract leads to clouding of the eye lens, causing vision problems. Juice of Cineraria maritima (dusty miller) herb is known to dissolve cataracts and treat corneal clouding. Ashwagandha, a potent Ayurvedic medicine, reduces light-induced damage to the eye lens. Anthocyanosides in Bilberry herb help the body produce rhodospin, a critical pigment that aids proper vision.
The skin reflects what goes on inside your body. Ashwagandha has strong antioxidants that help keep the skin smooth, moisturized, and free from wrinkles by protecting the skin from UV damage, free radical damage, stress, and inflammation. It also improves depression and anxiety symptoms, and boosts memory in dementia patients by delaying damage of brain cells.
Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) is one of the most revered plants in Ayurvedic medicine. Because the rejuvenating effects of Ashwagandha parallel those of Panax ginseng,...
Ashwagandha increases nitric oxide production which is helpful in dilating blood vessels and is a key factor in maintaining penile erection. Consume 3-6 gms of Ashwagandha powder and sugar with equal proportion of milk everyday to increase sperm count and stamina. You can also mix Ashwagandha with sugar, honey, and ghee to increase semen quality, sperm count, and mobility.
If you read this title and thought, “I don’t even know what ashwagandha is,” you’re not alone. Thanks to a renewed interest in holistic medicine,...
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