Ashwagandha is a herbal supplement commonly recommended to boost immunity, increase strength, improve stamina, treat anxiety, reduce swelling, lower blood pressure, treat rheumatoid arthritis and debility due to old age. Some also claim that it may help in treating certain types of cancers as well as Alzheimer’s disease.
However, it is not safe to consume during pregnancy as wrong doses can cause miscarriage. Therefore, it is better to avoid it during pregnancy. But if really must have it, please check with your doctor before doing so.
Ashwagandha is considered the King of Ayurvedic herbs. Used as a Rasayan (tonic) since 6000BC, it is believed to promote physical and mental youthfulness and enhance emotions of happiness. The name Ashwagandha literally means ‘like a horse’ and refers to the smell of its root as well as the strength it bestows upon consuming it. Usually given in the form of a fine powder, it is administered by mixing it in either water, ghee (clarified butter) or honey.