By Laina Poulakos
Though many people do not know much about it, ashwagandha is a powerful and useful herb and has been used in ayurvedic medicine for more than 3000 years.
Ashwagandha has an amazing effect to help lower cortisol, which can help reduce stress and anxiety. This potent herb is also known to help those suffering with depression. Additionally, it is known for providing benefits for the heart and can reduce cholesterol and triglycerides, which have a powerful effect on reducing blood sugar levels. It is now being studied and has shown promising results in reducing the growth and spread of some types of cancer.
While ashwagandha is safe for most people, certain people should not take it. If you have Type 1 diabetes, lupus, Graves’ disease or rheumatoid arthritis, it is not recommended, but like any herb, it is wise to check with your doctor before taking it. With so many benefits that ashwagandha provides, it can be another great addition to your natural medicine cabinet.
Laina Poulakos is the founder of Mother’s Nature Store and a certified aromatherapist and herbologist. For a consultation and products, call 703-851-0087 or visit MothersNatureStore.com.