Category Archives: Withania (Withania somnifera)

Ashwagandha: An Overview

Ashwagandha is also called withania on account of the Latin name of the plant being Withania somnifera. Ashwagandha has a number of well evidenced health effects that supports its traditional use as a general health tonic. One of the main … Continue reading

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Ginseng: Still King of the Adaptogens?

Ginseng (Panax ginseng) has a long use in traditional medicine as an adaptogenic herb. The properties of ginseng allow it to improve the recovery of individuals as it is thought to modulate the release of stress hormones. Evidence supports ginseng … Continue reading

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Withania somnifera (Ashwagandha) as an Anti-inflammatory

Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) is sometimes referred to as Indian ginseng. This relates to the evidence that suggests ashwagandha is an adaptogen, thereby having similar properties to ginseng. Ashwagandha has a number of medicinal uses and some of these relate to … Continue reading

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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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