Nature has been extremely generous. I am not a historian. Therefore, I am unqualified to comment on the relative stress levels of our ancestors. If they were, they had ashwagandha, much before prozac came on stage. Ashwanagandha is a shrub that looks like a tomato. It grows in the dry regions of India, the Middle East and Africa. It is known world over as the Indian Ginseng.

Ashwagandha contains alkaloids, fatty acids, amino acids and sugars. Because of a combination of nutrients, herbs and amino acids, it is also called an adaptogen. Adoptogens are  compounds or herbs the administration of which results  in stabilization of physiological processes. It promotes homeostasis, for example, decreased cellular sensitivity to stress. It is the root that is most used for medicinal purposes. When used, it helps protect the immune system, reduce stress, reduce brain cell degeneration, reduce cholesterol and reduce inflammation.

Ashwagandha is believed to be excellent in restoring thyroid balance. It works for both hypo and hyper thyroid. In a study conducted on mice, the herb was able to improve sluggish thyroid glands. It also is able to remove free radicals as it reduces the levels of lipids in your body. A. is best known for its ability to reduce adrenal stress. If you are constantly anxious, stressed and have emotional imbalances A. can come to the rescue. It does this by increasing the levels of cortisol in your body. This has a positive impact on energy levels stamina and overall mood.

The traditional use is a the form of a powder mixed with warm milk and honey. The shrub is prone to disease and therefore procuring it from a reliable source is important.


Ritesh is a born again health enthusiast and holds a Certificate in Physiology from Harvard Medical School and a Certificate in Nutrition from Tufts University.