Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), also known as “Indian Winter cherry” or Indian Ginseng,” is an evergreen shrub that’s found in India, Africa and parts of the Middle East.
“Ashwagandha has long been used in Ayurvedic medicine as a “Rasayana” rejuvenative to increase energy, improve overall health and reduce inflammation, pain and anxiety,” In Ayurvedic medicine a healing tradition form india uses nutrition, exercise, mindfulness practices and herbs to promote balance between the body, mind, spirit and the environment.
Ashwagandha is an Adaptogenic Adaptogens are components of herbal medicines that are said to help the body’s resilience in dealing with physical and emotional stresses. Adaptogens are also said to have anti-aging properties.
When there is a threat that is chronic such as when there is stress from finances, work or the pandemic — the stress response also becomes chronic.
Over time, long-term stress can contribute to persistent inflammation and increases the risk for developing chronic conditions disease
Adaptogens are said to help the body overcome the influences of physical, chemical, or biological stressors
If you have any issues with your thyroid, it is strongly recommended to check in with your healthcare provider before taking ashwagandha.
“Ashwagandha can augment thyroid function by increasing the conversion of the less potent thyroid hormone, T4, to the more active form of the thyroid hormone, T3. Thus for some people, it can support a healthier thyroid function. On the other hand, if an individual’s thyroid is already borderline hyperactive, ashwagandha could contribute to frank hyperthyroidism.”