Ashawagandha – the answer to our stress and anxiety levels, caused by too much Cortisol!
A recent scientific study has found a huge connection between Cortisol in relation to stress, anxiety and depression.
Ashawagandha is very revered herb of the Indian Ayurvedic system of medicine.
With so many people feeling the effects of the past couple of years of bad news and COVID related issues, it is no wonder the doctors have been prescribing more and more drugs in an attempt to help the symptoms of those people affected. The mechanisms of action of these drugs are not well researched and it is not really known why which drug could help and which drug could make things actually worse!
The recent study confirms that elevated Cortisol levels (a stress hormone) if consistently high physiology is effected on a number of different levels. This can effect inflammation (like osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis) to hormone imbalance, as well as cognitive decline like Alzheimer’s.
In the study they found that ‘the cortisol content’ of adrenals was reduced significantly in animals subjected to 5 hours constant swimming compared to the non-swimmer group. This is why people using Ashawagandha report elevated energy levels while also having far better resting sleep.
Ashawagandha was also found to be useful in the prevention of stress-induced ulcers of the gastrointestinal tract.
Ashawagandha is a plant mainly found in India and historically used to promote intellect and memory, or when memory is compromised following head injury, or a prolonged illness and in older age.
There are dozens of studies that show that Ashawagandha slows, stops and reverses cognitive decline, therefore Ashawagandha can be used to treat Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Huntington’s and other neurodegenerative diseases at any stage of the disease, even before a person has been diagnosed and is still in the state of mild forgetfulness, etc.
Ashawagandha also exhibited an antidepressant effect, comparable with other mainstream drugs. The investigations support the use of Ashwagandha as a mood stabilizer in clinical conditions of anxiety and depression.
Ashawagandha is an analgesic that soothes the nervous system from pain response. The powerful anti-arthritic properties of Ashawagandha are now widely accepted and documented.
The available scientific data support the conclusion that Ashawagandha is a real potent regenerative tonic, due to its multiple pharmacological actions like anti-stress, anti-arthritic and anti-inflammatory etc. It is useful for different types of diseases like Parkinson, dementia, memory loss and stress-induced diseases.
Ashawagandha is used as a household remedy by Indians, who consider it as the best tonic for old people and children and as an aphrodisiac by young people. It has also been shown to be helpful in all forms of cancer including prostate and lung cancers, especially in the last stages, giving patients a lot of health benefits. In the trial, some cases of lung cancer patients have refused modern therapy, recovered clinically with therapy of Ashawagandha.
The above findings clearly indicate that the traditional use of Ashawagandha has a logical and scientific basis. Large scale clinical studies are needed to prove the clinical efficacy of this herb, especially in stress-related diseases, neuronal disorders and cancers.
Just to be clear and cutting through the jargon, anyone suffering from anxiety, depression and stress is at risk from secondary health problems which often manifest themselves in inflammation which can lead to around 85% of all known diseases. Ultimately cancer can follow where Cortisol levels remain high and immune response is limited thanks to the high Cortisol levels.
If you are suffering from stress, bad sleep patterns, or low energy levels then you could be an excellent candidate to supplement with Ashawagandha which is widely available in capsules from suppliers.
The studies are just the beginning of a health revolution where we now have the tools to naturally combat the ravages of time in a natural, safe way that complements our physiology by helping to block the very stress hormone which is the pre-cursor to so many longer term problems.
I am not a huge advocate of supplements, since a good plant-based diet should give us more than enough of the essential nutrients to sustain a healthy body. However the help this plant can offer is one that should be on our shopping list as we age, as it is not available from normal food choices.
To read the clinical study for yourself just go to https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3252722/
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