Ashwagandha is an ayurvedic herb made famous by reports that it is taken by athletes to improve stamina and overall physical performance. Ashwagandha's sanskrit name is drawn from its strong smelling roots. Its name in Sanskrit literally means that which smells like a horse (ashwa-horse and gandha-smell).
Rejuvenation & Relaxation
Nicknamed the "Indian ginseng", the herb is also a well-known aphrodisiac. Rich in phytochemicals such as withananine, choline, trapino, and alkaloids, it has the unique ability to not only increase physical fitness but also to relax the body. In fact Ashwagandha is a powerful aid in both rejuvenation and stress relief. Its latin name Withania Somnifera refers to its relaxing and sleep inducing properties
Supports body's immune response
Ashwagandha is considered very beneficial in stress-related conditions such as arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, hypertension. It helps to relax, soothe and reduce swelling. It is often recommended in conjunction with a herb like Boswellia which is considered in Ayurvedic medicine to be conducive to the body's inflammation response and pain response.
Brain functions, healthy sleep
In addition to relaxing and reducing occasional stress, Ashwagandha also is a sleep-aid and is said to improve brain functions similar to the herb Bacopa.
Heart health, blood pressure
Ashwagandha is also useful in heart health along with the herb Arjuna. It supports normal blood flow and blood pressure.
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