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The Herb, ASHWAGANDHA
« on: December 13, 2014, 02:44:02 PM »
Hi All:  RE ASHWAGANDHA
I think this is the herb I learned about in an infomercial off in the middle of the night - years ago. It was about a miracle herb so well known and documented in India that all the Parliament were on it. Prevention of Alzheimers, and so much more. Like I say I (think) this is the herb.  :)
I went to a local health food store and was told it probably was this one.
How to use this herb? Powdered in food or warm milk is a common way in India. Just a brief couple of Excerpts from this article about ASHWAGANDHA 
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This info is from The Chopra Center.  http://www.chopra.com/ccl/ashwagandha

http://www.chopra.com/ccl/ashwagandha The Chopra Center

"Ashwagandha, one of the most powerful herbs in Ayurvedic healing, has been used since ancient times for a wide variety of conditions, and is most well-known for its restorative benefits - See more at: http://www.chopra.com/ccl/ashwagandha#sthash.faBNZCg8.dpuf "

Some key examples of the healing effects of Ashwagandha are:

•   Protects the immune system
•   Helps combat the effects of stress
•   Improves learning,
•   memory, and reaction time
•   Reduces anxiety and depression without causing drowsiness
•   Helps reduce brain-cell degeneration
•   Stabilizes blood sugar
•   Helps lower cholesterol
•   Offers anti-inflammatory benefits
•   Contains anti-malarial properties
•   Enhances sexual potency for both men and women
•   Ashwagandha as an Adaptogenic Herb

Ashwagandha as an Adaptogenic Herb

In Ayurveda, there are specific herbs with adaptogenic benefits, Ashwagandha is one of them. Adaptogens are substances (a combination of amino acids, vitamins, and herbs) that modulate your response to stress or a changing environment. Adaptogens help the body cope with external stresses such as toxins in the environment and internal stresses such as anxiety and insomnia. - See more at:
 
http://www.chopra.com/ccl/ashwagandha#sthash.faBNZCg8.dpuf
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Re: The Herb, ASHWAGANDHA
« Reply #1 on: December 13, 2014, 02:56:34 PM »
Yowbarb Note: These excerpts are from the American website, Web MD, therefore it is not presented in as positive way or as definite in the benefits of Ashwangandha. Not as definite as an Ayurvedic medicine site. It does mention uses and benefits not mentioned in the Copra article - such as one-sided paralysis! Used for multi-thousands of years. 
Note, also, link to a Brief article in wikipedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/?title=Ashwagandha&redirect=no
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Web MD

http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-953-ashwagandha.aspx?activeingredientid=953&activeingredientname=ashwagandha

Ashwagandha is used for arthritis, anxiety, trouble sleeping (insomnia), tumors, tuberculosis, asthma, a skin condition marked by white patchiness (leukoderma), bronchitis, backache, fibromyalgia, menstrual problems, hiccups, and chronic liver disease.

Ashwagandha is also used as an “adaptogen” to help the body cope with daily stress, and as a general tonic.

 Some people also use ashwagandha for improving thinking ability, decreasing pain and swelling (inflammation), and preventing the effects of aging. It is also used for fertility problems in men and women and also to increase sexual desire.

Ashwagandha is applied to the skin for treating wounds, backache, and one-sided paralysis (hemiplegia).

 The name Ashwagandha is from the Sanskrit language and is a combination of the word ashva, meaning horse, and gandha, meaning smell. The root has a strong aroma that is described as “horse-like.”

In Ayurvedic, Indian, and Unani medicine, ashwagandha is described as “Indian ginseng.” Ashwagandha is also used in traditional African medicine for a variety of ailments.

Don’t confuse ashwagandha with Physalis alkekengi. Both are known as winter cherry.

How does it work?

Ashwagandha contains chemicals that might help calm the brain, reduce swelling (inflammation), lower blood pressure, and alter the immune system.

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Re: The Herb, ASHWAGANDHA
« Reply #2 on: December 13, 2014, 03:01:54 PM »
Yowbarb Note: Take into account the side effects and interactions precautions mentioned by Web MD. Each person needs to take a look at their own medicine regimen, existing conditions and see what will work for them.

http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-953-ashwagandha.aspx?activeingredientid=953&activeingredientname=ashwagandha

 

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