Ashwagandha | Ask the ND with Dr. Jeremy Wolf

Hey everyone, welcome back to another edition
of Ask The ND. I’m Dr. Jeremy Wolf. In today’s episode I wanted to spend some time talking
to you about the herb Withania somnifera, more commonly known as ashwagandha. In traditional
Ayurvedic medicine, this herb is considered a Medya Rasayana, which is the Ayurvedic category
of foods and nutrients that promote learning and memory retrieval. But this herb has many
other added benefits. Ashwagandha is a member of the Solanaceae, or nightshade family, and
lives in the drier parts of the subtropics, as well as throughout the Middle East. Withanolides
are believed to account for the multiple medicinal actions of ashwagandha. The root of this plant
is most commonly used for medicinal purposes. In botanical and Ayurvedic medicine, this
herb may be indicated for chronic stress, anxiety, panic attacks, insomnia, auto-immune
disease and male infertility. Let’s take a further look into how ashwagandha functions
in the body – here’s the rundown. Ashwagandha is commonly used as a tonic for individuals
who are suffering from nervous exhaustion, as it’s thought to help increase stamina,
through its adaptogenic and anti-stress effects. It may promote a calming effect on the body.
In-fact, the term somnifera means “sleep inducing” in Latin, so it’s no wonder why herbalists
and other practitioners use it for insomnia. Research has shown that extracts of ashwagandha
may produce GABA-like activity – our major inhibitory neurotransmitter – which may account
for the herbs anti-anxiety effect. It is believed that this herb will help increase red and
white blood cell counts, which may make it beneficial for individuals undergoing chemotherapy.
In-fact, researchers concluded that it may have the potential to offset cancer related
fatigue. Ashwagandha may also enhance fertility. In Ayurvedic medicine it is considered a male
sexual tonic, and some research studies have found it may help improve the quality of semen
in post-treated infertile men compared to the pre-treated. Ashwagandha supplements come
in many forms. It can be taken as a dried herb, drank as a tea, or even used in tincture
form. The dosage of ashwagandha really depends on what you’re trying to accomplish. A general
dosage that may promote a healthier stress response is around 500mg per day. Though this
dosage depends on the concentration of the extract. As you can tell, ashwagandha is a
powerful adaptogen that may help the body cope with various forms of stress. Ashwagandha
should be avoided by pregnant women and by individuals allergic to the plants in the
nightshade family. If you are taking other medications you should check with your health
care provider before starting an herbal regimen. Thank you for watching another edition of
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