The main constituents of ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) are alkaloids and steroidal lactones. In Ayurveda Ashwagandha is believed to posess aphrodisiac, rejuvenative and anti-aging properties. The traditional Indian medicine uses Ashwagandha to treat symptoms like chronic fatigue, bone weakness, loose teeth, impotency, premature ageing, constipation, nervous exhaustion, anxiety, arthritis pain, and memory loss etc.
Ashwagandha has been used in Ayurveda for thousands of years as a rasāyana (rejuvenative) and an adaptogenic herb, meaning that it is used to help the body resist physiological and psychological stress. The name Ashwagandha translates into “smell of a horse”; this is a reference to both the unique smell of the herb, as well as the virility of a horse, an inference to the traditional use of Ashwagandha to support a healthy male reproductive system.
Ashwagandha offers a number of benefits:
- Supports a healthy immune system
- Calms mental processes
- Fosters healthy sleep patterns
- Benefits a healthy reproductive system in both males and females
- Sustains energy levels, strength, and vitality, including with physical activity
- Supports healthy back and joints
Ashwagandha and Ayurveda: Traditional Uses Ashwagandha is used in Ayurveda to balance Vata and Kapha; in excess, because of its heating, unctuous, building nature, it can imbalance Pitta, and also worsen ama (toxic build-up). Ayurveda recognizes Ashwagandha particularly for its building, strengthening, and nourishing nature. It is used for the same reasons as listed in the Benefits section above, particularly to support healthy muscles and reproductive systems, and to balance Vata.
Recommended intake: 2 - 8 grams/day (can be split into several times a day), mixed with water or juice. It is always recommended to consult your herbal practitioner for the use of this product.
Ingredients: 100% Ashwagandha
|Nutritional Facts||Serving Size: small teaspoon (3 g)|
|Energy||35 kJ/ 8,3 kcal|
|Saturated Fat||0,003 g|
** Occurs only in natural sodium form
Keep out of reach of children. Store in a cool, dark and dry place. Do not exceed the recommended daily dose. There is no substitute for a varied diet. Not for children under 3 years of age, pregnant and nursing women.
|Country of Origin:||India|
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