What the heck is Ashwagandha and why is everyone taking it?

Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) is a herb that has been used in traditional Ayurvedic medicine for centuries. It is often referred to as an adaptogen, meaning that it can help the body adapt to stress and promote overall health and wellness. In recent years, ashwagandha has gained popularity as a natural remedy for a range of health conditions.

The therapeutic use of ashwagandha is primarily based on its ability to modulate the body’s stress response. Studies have shown that ashwagandha can reduce levels of the stress hormone cortisol and improve measures of stress and anxiety. For example, a study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology found that ashwagandha supplementation reduced anxiety and improved overall well-being in participants with a history of chronic stress.

Ashwagandha has also been studied for its potential anti-inflammatory and immune-modulating effects. Research has shown that ashwagandha can reduce markers of inflammation in the body and may have potential as an adjunct therapy for conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and inflammatory bowel disease.

In addition, ashwagandha has been studied for its potential cognitive and neuroprotective effects. Animal studies have shown that ashwagandha may improve memory and cognitive function, and human studies have suggested that it may have potential as a natural treatment for conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease.

Overall, the therapeutic use of ashwagandha is based on its ability to modulate the body’s stress response and potentially improve measures of anxiety, inflammation, and cognitive function. This is why it is one of our go to recommendations especially for those who suffer form sympathetic dominance (a nervous system stuck in fright/flight mode).

However ashwaghanda should be used under the guidance of a healthcare professional so please talk to your Ohana chiropractor at your next visit to ascertain if it is appropriate for your health and wellbeing.

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