What Do You Know about the Ashwagandha Herb?
Ashwagandha, also known as Winter cherry and Withania somnifera, is a small evergreen shrub. It grows up to 1.25 meters, and it is a seasonal plant that blooms in the summer.
The roots of Ashwagandha are long and strong, its flowers are small and green, and the color of its ripe fruits becomes orange and red. This shrub grows in dry areas in India, Africa, and the Middle East.
Ashwagandha roots have a unique characteristic, wherein they are both genetically modified (Adaptogenic), and are nerve relaxers, enhance the nervous system and strengthen the body, which make them very efficient in treating most cases of weak human body systems.
Withania Somnifera is one of the most essential and used herbs in Indian medicine and Ayurveda medicine; it has been used for thousands of years for treating weakness and chronic fatigue. The strong effect of Ashwagandha roots on the different body systems, especially the digestive system, nervous system, and the adrenal gland, is what increases the body’s ability to tolerate and face pressure and hardships.
Similarly, Ashwagandha herb has a strong effect on the hormonal and nervous systems, especially the adrenal gland above the kidney. And scientific studies proved that Ashwagandha impacts the function of the thyroid gland and producing hormones T3 and T4. Wherein it is efficient for treating hypothyroidism.
Furthermore, Winter cherry contributes to treating Chronic fatigue syndrome, anxiety, insomnia and sleep disorders, depression, fear, and paranoia. It moreover helps strengthen the memory and improve the function of the brain. And it has been recently used for children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
More Spectacular Properties and Medical Uses of Ashwagandha:
- Enhances the secretion of the enzymes from the pancreas.
- Increases the secretion of bile (greenish-yellow fluid) from the liver and the gallbladder.
- Helps to treat diabetes type 2.
- Improves metabolism.
- Treats some digestive system’s diseases, like ulcerative colitis, irritable bowel syndrome, and Crohn’s disease. As well as improving digestion and absorption.
Withania Somnifera for Treating Cancer
One of the most signficant uses of Ashwagandha worldwide nowadays is treating different types of cancer, especially breast cancer, brain cancer, cervical cancer, stomach cancer, colon cancer, prostate cancer, and lung cancer. And experts recommend it for cancer patients as a very important psychological support.
Many scientific studies proved Ashwagandha’s positive effect in improving the lives of cancer patients and helping them physically and psychologically in order to overcome the disease.