Ashwagandha also known as Indian Ginseng or winter cherry, is a magical herb which has baffled modern science with its abundance of benefits. Scientifically known as Withania Somnifera, it is a treasure of goodness. Ashwagandha is Sanskrit name which translates to smell of a horse. It is named so because of the odor released from its roots which is similar to the scent of horse’s sweat. The plant is native to India which grows best in dry regions. This plant can survive in both extreme low and high temperatures.
Its numerous qualities are attracting scientists worldwide. A recent research held at National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology in Japan stated that Ashwagandha possesses leaves that can selectively inhibit cancer cells. It is highly acclaimed for its aphrodisiac qualities. This is a therapeutic herb which is completely non-toxic. This magic herb has many benefits to its credit:
• Reduces Stress and Anxiety
Ashwagandha reduces stress and calms the mind and body. It has been used to treat anxiety and stress since centuries in ancient Indian Medicine. Ashwagandha is also known as a stress buster. It is intensively used to cure the patients suffering from depression due to its anti-stress properties.
• Fights Cancer
Ashwagandha contains cancer-killing properties which are an aid in cancer treatment, that have now been included in the field of oncology, regarding the terrains of radiology and chemotherapy. It is beneficial as it also demotes the side-effects of the chemotherapy without changing the tumor-cell killing activity
• Treats Diabetes
Ashwagandha normalizes high blood sugar and improves insulin sensitivity. Ashwagandha has been proved to reduce the blood sugar level in diabetic patients.
• Boosts Immunity
Ashwagandha if consumed in on a daily basis helps in boosting the immunity. Its consumption promotes the growth of red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets count which help in restoring the immunity of a person.
• Reduces Debility and Weakness
Ashwagandha when consumed on a daily basis, helps to regain the lost strength in old age. It cures mental fatigue, weakness, erectile dysfunction and lost muscle strength.
• Treating Skin Problems
Ashwagandha is a boom in curing skin diseases. Vitiligo is treated with the help of Ashwagandha which is no less than a miracle. A paste of ashwagandha powder when applied to the skin treats keratosis. It acts as a toner and removes inflammation.
• Perfect Aphrodisiac
Ashwagandha is renowned worldwide for its aphrodisiac qualities. It increases the libido in men and also promotes the quality of their semen by increasing sperm counts. This is one of the major reasons of its popularity since ages as it increases the fertility in men.