How to improve your energy with Ashwagandha

I’ll be talk­ing about some of the fab­ulous things you can do to replen­ish your adren­al gland stores to restore energy and vital­ity. Those of you who are feel­ing tired and wired at the same time should be pay­ing atten­tion closely — you know who you are!

Does this sound like you?

  1. Unable to fall sleep, quiet the mind
  2. Feeling nervous or jittery
  3. You may also startle easily
  4. You feel alert but at the same time exhausted
  5. Your life is a roller coast­er of highs and lows.
Withania somnifera, latin name
Ashwagandha or Indian Ginseng

One of the answers for you is ash­waganda, also known as Indian gin­seng (lat­in name Withania som­ni­fera). Origins of this herb are from Ayurvedic medi­cine, designed to pre­vent dis­ease through the res­tor­a­tion of bal­ance. Ashwaganda is fant­ast­ic in its abil­ity to not only sup­port and restore energy while calm­ing and sup­port­ing irrit­ab­il­ity, anxi­ety, and insom­nia. Its true strength is the rebal­an­cing of the nervous sys­tem from an over­stim­u­lated, sym­path­et­ic state to a para­sym­path­et­ic state. There are count­less stud­ies where the use of ash­waganda demon­strates anti-inflam­mat­ory, anti-oxid­ant, anxiolyt­ic (anti-anxi­ety), anti-can­cer, stress-bust­ing, and sed­at­ing effects. However, because of its sed­at­ing effects it can add to the effects of ben­zo­diazepines or phar­ma­ceut­ic­al sleep aids. The bene­fit of this is that it could be used in place of phar­ma­ceut­ic­als to assist with sleep.

Cautions for use

  1. Cancer — Ashwaganda can be stim­u­lat­ing to the nervous sys­tem, and has done so in tri­als with leukemia
  2. Pregnancy — Although it is an incred­ibly safe herb with little evid­ence of tox­icity, there is simply not enough data to say it is com­pletely safe, and so we must err on the side of caution
  3. If you are already tak­ing sleep sup­ports like ben­zo­diazepines (i.e. Valium), ash­waganda is thought to act on the same recept­ors called GABA recept­ors and may have an addit­ive effect (increase sleepy feelings)

Typically ash­waganda is found in adren­al ton­ic for­mu­las to sup­port the sys­tem, and can be taken in liquid (tinc­ture) or herb­al form (in a com­pressed pill or capsule).

Now does­n’t that sound bet­ter than B12?

Information loosely com­piled from:

Romm, Aviva (2010) Botanical Medicine for Women’s Health. Churchill Livingstone, New York.

© Copyright 1995 – 2011 Therapeutic Research Faculty, pub­lish­ers of Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database.

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