Ashwagandha consumption FAQs [The when, how, how much, how long - answered]
Ashwagandha has been around for over a century for its extraordinary medical benefits. Widely known as the winter cherry or Indian ginseng, Ashwagandha has innumerable benefits for both physical and mental well-being. It enables one to lead a holistic, stress-free life which in turn boosts productivity.
However, to make the most of the healing herb, it is pivotal to have a good understanding of when and how to consume it. Without further ado, we will unravel some of the most asked questions regarding the usage of one of the most significant herbs in Ayurvedic medicine.
When to consume Ashwagandha?
When suffering from Insomnia
Insomnia is one of the most common sleep-related disorders prevalent today because of various socio-economic changes and an urban lifestyle. Modern medications available for its treatment not only exert various effects but also increase drug dependency. This is where our ashwagandha can come to the rescue.
The botanical name of Ashwagandha is Withania somnifera. Somnifera means sleep-inducing in Latin. It has been scientifically proven that Ashwagandha roots aid sleep onset latency and improve sleep quality in patients with insomnia. The anxiolytic properties of the magical herb relieve stress and promote restful sleep.
For male and female reproductive health
The Ashwagandha root also has proven benefits for both the male and female reproductive systems.
For men having low sperm concentration and ejaculation volume, the herb is a godsend. Ashwagandha is immensely helpful in enhancing sperm production and motility. It is also a natural aphrodisiac with testosterone-enhancing effects. Men who consume Ashwagandha capsules have experienced an increase in stamina and virility. Alternatively, the root powder can be taken with milk for treating erectile dysfunction.
Ashwagandha is also a potent uterine tonic. It nourishes the female reproductive organs and is also effective in the treatment of endometriosis. However, consumption should be avoided during pregnancy.
Low immunity? Not anymore!
Ashwagandh has also been found extremely beneficial in boosting the immunity of individuals. Especially in these difficult times of the pandemic, keeping your natural defense mechanism at its best is vital.
Get charged up with high energy
The Indian ginseng boosts the energy levels in the body and counters fatigue and weakness.
The herb works on your body just the way caffeine does, energising you and stimulating your body. It is also said to improve your lung capacity which helps you take on fatigue-related conditions with more vigor.
Overcome stress & anxiety
Ashwagandha regulates the cortisol levels in your body, thereby directly having an impact on stress levels. It supports the adrenal function and increases the body’s resilience to physical and mental stressors.
When you have weak bones and tissues
The powerful healing herb is effective in reducing inflammation in joints and improves overall bone health. Regular consumption fosters healthy joint movement and develops balance. Patients suffering from rheumatoid arthritis also showed significant improvements in physical function.
Whether it is for general debility, improving the function of the reproductive organs, reducing stress, enhancing bone health and muscle health - the energy-boosting superfood can be utilized in numerous situations.
Additionally, Ashwagandha is also useful in the treatment of Diabetes, Hypertension, Parkinson's disease, and augmenting cognitive functioning as it is naturally rich in powerful antioxidants and flavonoids.
When & how to take Ashwagandha?
Ashwagandha is widely available in the form of pills, powder (or churna), capsules, and tonics.
Now the big question arises - How should I consume Ashwagandha and exactly how much?
Well, it entirely depends on your purpose for consuming it and particular needs, desired outcomes. We suggest using Ashwagandha powder for fixing Male and Female Reproductive issues or simply for enhancing libido. The recommended daily dosage is 125mg to 5 grams.
The root powder is also available in capsule form and it is recommended for ensuring correct dosage. Another benefit of consuming capsules is that they are highly effective in masking its unique smell. When to take Ashwagandha tablet? The capsules can be taken with a glass of warm milk after a meal. You can also use it by sprinkling Ashwagandha Powder into your food. Ashwagandha capsules can also be consumed after a meal.
How long will Ashwagandha take to show some results?
The positive effects of consuming Ashwagandha start showing in two weeks and there are substantial improvements observed in 6-12 weeks. The success and swiftness of impact would also depend on various other factors in your life. Exercising regularly and eating a balanced diet would go a long way in amplifying the benefits of Ashwagandha.
Ashwagandha, being an adaptogenic herb, is completely safe for long-term consumption as well. However, depending on your objectives and goals, we would recommend consulting an experienced practitioner in the field to fix your dosage and duration. The key is to start at a low dosage and increase it gradually.
How long should we consume it?
It would be wrong to start taking Ashwagandha and hoping for it to start working magically overnight. Like most Ayurvedic remedies, the herb will start showing its magical effects - gradually - over time. While notable benefits can be seen in as less as 14 days in healthy individuals, we would recommend consuming Ashwagandha for at least one month to start off with. Once you start noticing changes such as reduced anxiety and improved cognitive function, you can modify your dosage after consulting your healthcare provider.
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