Integrating Plant Medicine - Ashwagandha
As we work our way through the multitude of different plant medicines, it's only a matter of time before we come across one that is well known through Ayurvedic medicines and one that is known to have such healing effects, cue ashwagandha.
Ashwagandha is a truly magical plant and one that has been used for medicines for a long long time. It is a known adaptogen and one that Ayurvedic medicine has used for over 2500 years! This plant gifts many benefits to the user and we should all be so lucky to know of this magic.
And for those of you who don't know what Ayurvedic is the healthy-lifestyle system that has been used in India for over 5000 years. It is Eastern medicine in a world full over prescribed western medicine. Ayurvedic promotes and focuses on good health and the prevention of illness through massage, dietary changes, yoga, meditation, and of course plant medicines. Essentially, they work with the Earth and her bountiful gifts as well as with the body to be pre-active versus reactive.
So back to Ashwagandha, what are the benefits of this plant and how can you use it to improve your life?
5 Things to Know About Ashwagandha
Ashwagandha has also been noted as a potential adaptogen to help reduce depression. (1)
This magical plant has also been including in studies that find Ashwagandha may be beneficial in promoting brain function and even memory. (1)
As we know, cortisol is considered the stress hormone and like most things, we can have way to much of it! But a study showed that Ashwagandha may reduce cortisol levels. Amazing!! (1)
Lower Blood Sugar
In some studies, Ashwagandha has been shown to reduce blood sugar levels. (1)
Keep in mind these are all studies that have been done by western science and medicine. I think there is something to be said about systems that have lasted thousands of years. And while we may not always have the science to back it up, remember a lot of science and medicine that we see in western places are reactive and don't work to prevent illness.
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