Ashwagandha (Indian Ginseng): The Powerful Health Benefits and Beauty Benefits

Ashwagandha.jpgAshwagandha has a wide range of health benefits, including its ability to fight against cancer and diabetes, as well as reduce inflammation, arthritis, asthma, hypertension, stress, and rheumatism. It also has antibacterial and anticonvulsant properties.                   

Health Benefits of Ashwagandha

1.Anti-Carcinogenic Properties: it has anti caricino genic properties in association with radiation therapy and chemotherapy. It is also of interest because it is known to reduce the side effects of chemotherapy without interfering with the tumor cell-killing activity.


2. Anti-Inflammatory Properties: Ashwagandha has been found to be effective in dealing with a variety of joint disorders. It has anti-inflammatory properties

3.Managing weight – Ashwagandha leaves are used to reduce weight.

4.Cardio-Protective Properties: Ashwagandha, with its anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, and antistressor properties, is good for cardiovascular health problems. It strengthens the heart muscles and can also control cholesterol.

5.Anti-Depressant Properties:  Ashwagandha has been used  to improve both physical and mental health

6.Stimulates the Thyroid Gland: In cases of hypothyroidism, Ashwagandha can be used to stimulate the thyroid gland.

7.Relieves Stress: Ashwagandha is also believed to possess anti-stress properties.

8.Antioxidant Properties: Ashwagandha is a very good source of antioxidants. These antioxidants are very effective in scavenging and neutralizing free radicals produced during the process of metabolism.

9. Immunomodulatory Properties: Ashwagandha leads to significant modulation of immune system re activity and prevented immune suppression.

10.Aphrodisiac Properties: It has been widely believed that Ashwagandha had aphrodisiac properties and people used it as a medication to improve vitality and fertility. It improves semen quality. It also reduces oxidative stress throughout the body.

11.Prevents Seizures: Ashwagandha has been a widely used remedy for seizures and convulsions

12.Good Health: Ashwagandha has been found to be useful in improving muscular strength of the limbs and weakness. It also has a positive impact on neuro-muscular coordination.


Treating Depression  with use full Ayurveda Herbs

pranayamIn this running lifestyle, most of the people are suffering from a disease which is Stress. And unmanaged stress leads to depression. With the stresses and strains of modern life, most people are suffering some form of tension at the mental level.

According to Ayurveda this disease is called as AVSAAD (Manoavsad). Ayurveda mentions Depression as ‘Vishada’. This is also described as “most disease aggravating factor”. Depression is a mental disease going along with body processes – or vice versa.  Ayurveda principles say that avsaad is because of suppression of Prana Vata.Pranava Vata is responsible for the proper functioning of mind. Imbalanced Prana vata not only affects the quality of sleep but also effects ability of perception, memory and level of consciousness. The causes vary from mental, environmental, social or personal but in all the ways it lead to severe complications to the patient and to the families. In Ayurveda, imbalance in psychic energies (sattva, rajas, tamas) supported by imbalance of physical energies (vata, pitta, kapha) are believed to cause various mental disorders. This applies to depression as well. Lack of mental discipline, indulgence in negative thoughts and activities and negative emotions, such as hatred, anger, etc. are known to cause imbalance in psychic energies which in turn leads to diseases like depression. Improper life style, bad habits, addictions and lack of personal hygiene are also underlying factors behind depression.

Every disease we come across has its link with negative stress, such as heart attack, High BP, stroke, IBS, Colitis, Acidity, asthma, Impotency, Addictions, Cancer etc are directly linked to negative stress. It is therefore, necessary to manage stress by a good lifestyle and remain healthy. In modern times, depression has been identified as the single biggest contributor to depression.

Ayurveda advises therapies, lifestyle adjustments and herbal preparations that clear and strengthen the mind allowing us to cope with life’s challenges more effectively and also bring

Ayurveda advises therapies, lifestyle adjustments and herbal preparations that clear and strengthen the mind allowing us to cope with life’s challenges more effectively and also bring positivity to our lives at all levels.

-Diet-LifestyleDetoxification and Rejuvenation therapies help the body release toxins and impurities. Its effects are Therapeutic and Restorative. At Maharishi Ayurveda Hospital, we have authentic Ayurveda Therapies which rejuvenate the mind and body, through oil application and fomentation. Transcendental Meditation and yoga also helps in management of depression.

Shirodhara-It is a procedure in which Luke warm herbal oil is poured in a continuous stream onto the forehead followed with a gentle massage on the head.
It rejuvenates and revitalizes the body and mind. This therapy relieves stress, depression, Hypertension and strain related problems, slows the aging process and improves memory.

Common Herbs used: Some commonly safe herbs used to treat depression in Ayurveda are:

  • Brahmi
  • Ashwagandha
  • Jatamansi
  • Vacha
  • Shakhpuspi
  • Giloya
  • Turmeric