Ashwagandha, popularly known as the Indian winter cherry or Indian ginseng, is one of the most promising and vital herb in the great system of Ayurvedic medicines. Though this herb is primarily found in India and all major tests and researches are conducted here due to use of this herb for more than thousand years, but because of its vast applicability by the herbal healers it has become quite well known and is now also being introduced in the regions of North America. This herb does not limit its benefits for a certain class or group of ailments but has fruitful results over a large number of problems and health issues especially for women. The most common benefits of Ashwagandha for women are that it reduces anxiety and stress levels, keeps a check on hormone levels, treats sterility, increases release of milk for lactating mothers, improves sexual health, treats irregular periods, and treats urinary infections or disorders. Let us know about some benefits of Ashwagandha in detail.
Potential to reduce irritability and stress
Ashwagandha has been found to reduce the anxiety and stress levels in case of at least 90 percent of the women within a short span of just one month. Tests conducted by Maine’s Swedish Herbal Institute prove that an appropriate dose of Ashwagandha on a daily basis doubles your energy level. The component present in this herb nourishes the nervous system and strengthens the energy raising glands. Along with Maine’s Swedish Herbal Institute, there are more institutes like Wellness Institute of New Jersey and National Institute on Drug Dependence at Peking University in Beijing, which are conducting regular researches and tests about the benefits of Ashwagandha.
Keeps a check on hormone level
Ashwagandha keeps a check on the levels of stress hormone cortisol, which further facilitates in reducing fat. When we suffer from anxiety and strain, our body produces greater amount of cortisol, which increases the production of belly fat by our body. Ashwagandha does not promises quick solution to this problem and the results might be seen only after 8 weeks.
Treats sterility in women
With help of Ashwagandha, a woman can conceive easily. Though the results are not always positive, but researches have indicated positive results for majority of the women. The way of consuming Ashwagandha to help in sterility is by plucking the roots of the herb and then crushing it down to a powered state and then mixing just 6 grams of the powered Ashwagandha with milk. This should be done for at least one week after the completion of the menstruation. One precaution must always be taken that as soon as the woman becomes pregnant, the consumption of Ashwagandha should be stopped as sometimes the components can lead to termination of the fetus.
Use as a Galactagogue
Ashwagandha helps in increasing the release of milk for lactating mothers. Not only does it increases the amount of milk secretion, which is beneficial for the child, but it also improves and enhances the quality of the milk thereby making the child healthier. The powdered form of Ashwagandha should be consumed daily in the dose of 1gm mixed well with milk to improve the quality of lactation.
Improves sexual health
Ashwagandha is often termed as a powerful aphrodisiac as it not only enhances the sexual performance but also improves the sexual potency. Ashwagandha also has a very famous name “sweat of a horse” and is often said to increase your stamina and sexual potency like that of a horse.
Treatment for irregular periods
Ashwagandha helps to maintain a healthy and regular menstruation. Ashwagandha, when combined with another herb known as Shatavri, helps in strengthening the reproductive system of the females. It is also used as a powerful tonic for building strong uterine muscles. Shatavri when used with Ashwagandha also helps greatly in the treatment of disturbed periods by eliminating the cause for irregular menstruation like anxiety, stress, injury, etc. To cure blood impurities, you can make mix Ashwagandha and sugar in equal amounts and mix it with 4 gms of honey. This helps to cure impure blood, which is very harmful for the body and the immune system.
Cures vaginal pain and urinary disorders and helps in treatment of Leucorrhea
Being diuretic in nature, it is used many times to treat urinary infections or disorders. Take about 3 gms of Ashwagandha and add same quantity of ghee and one gm of unprocessed sugar and consume it twice daily. This helps in reducing pains. Ashwagandha also helps in handling the excess white discharge from the vagina of the women, which majorly occurs due to an infection and makes the women very weak.