You may have heard of Ashwagandha; but what is it used for and can it benefit you?
Ashwagandha is an herb utilized for over 3,000 years in Ayurveda. PubMed states that the use of Ashwagandha has both a logical and scientific basis. Studies from India show that those who take this herb have improvements in energy levels, brain fog, and stress response.
Ashwagandha is an adaptogenic herb, meaning a substance that helps your body to adapt. Adaptogens are a natural ally in dealing with chronic stress and fatigue (both all too prevalent in today’s society!) as they work with regulating hormones.
Adaptogenic compounds help mitigate the stress fight or flight response.
In this way, they can help return your body to normal when you’re faced with chronic stress, as many are in today’s modern age. Think about adaptogens like a thermostat. They can keep your stress response at a healthy level, the way a thermostat will keep the air from becoming too hot or too cold.
I have used Ashwagandha in patient care, as a supplement to support healing from a variety of conditions ranging from hypothyroidism to anxiety. I have seen great results from a nutraceutical that combines Ashwagandha with two other adaptogens, Rhodiola and Holy Basil in my practice.
If you think this powerful adaptogen could be of use to you, I encourage you to reach out to a functional or holistic healthcare provider!
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Panossian A1, Wikman G, Kaur P, Asea A. Adaptogens stimulate neuropeptide y and hsp72 expression and release in neuroglia cells. Front Neurosci. 2012 Feb 1;6:6. doi: 10.3389/fnins.2012.00006
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