Category Archives: Withania (Withania somnifera)

Withania somnifera Against Anxiet

Withania somnifera is a herb used in traditional Indian medicine. The herb is also called ashwagandha. Withania somnifera has been investigated for its anxiolytic effects in animals. For example, in one study Withania somnifera was given as part of a … Continue reading

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Ashwagandha as an Anti-Stress Herb

Evidence suggests that ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) is an adaptogenic herb. It therefore has properties that prevent deviations from homeostasis in animals and humans. One area that it may help maintain homeostatic control is with the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis. This axis is … Continue reading

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Adaptogenic Herbs: Differences in Mechanisms of Action

Adaptogenic herbs are plants that resist detrimental changes to physiological systems and have a normalising effect on these systems. There are a number of adaptogenic herbs that have been identified and these may have different mechanisms of action. For example, … Continue reading

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Withania: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Obsessive compulsive disorder is a form of anxiety characterised by obsessive and repetitive behaviour that often centres around trivial activities that disrupt the person’s normal daily schedule. The cause of obsessive compulsive disorder is not fully understood, but it is … Continue reading

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Ashwagandha for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Anxiety is notoriously difficult to treat and the success rates of treatments with pharmaceutical drugs are low. Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) is a herbal treatment for anxiety. Obsessive compulsive disorder is a form of anxiety, and a number of studies have … Continue reading

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Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) for Sleep and Well Being

Ashwagandha is an adaptogenic herb that is used in Indian traditional medicine for its mood elevating effects. The herb has been extensively evidenced to attenuate the stress response, and in doing so alleviates the symptoms associated with stress, including insomnia … Continue reading

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Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) as  neuroprotective Agent

Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) is a herbal remedy used in Ayurvedic medicine to treat stress and nervous problems. The herb is an adaptogen, which means it can protect the consumer for changes to normal physiological homeostasis. In this role, ashwagandha can … Continue reading

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Adpatogenic Herbs: Main Mechanisms

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Two Herbal Remedies for Sleep

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Fasting and Anti-Inflammatory Herbs: An Effective Anxiolytic Treatment?

Evidence suggests that inflammation is a causative factor in the development of mood disorders. In this regard the inflammation causes the generation of free radicals, and these then cause damage to brain tissue. Studies show that stress leads to the … Continue reading

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