The medicinal importance of herbal drugs and their constituents can not be overemphasized in the treatment of various illnesses in order to promote long-term fitness for the efficient treatment of human diseases and disorders.
Though different theories exist between herbal medicine and conventional Pharmaceutical medicine, herbal medicines have been tested using conventional trial methods to be effective in the treatment of various diseases.
In this article, we’ll examine the efficiency of Ashwangadha in the treatment of stress-related issues.
Ashwagandha’s Stress-Beating Benefits: Ancient Herb’s Advantages
Ashwagandha is the stress relief supplement of the moment, do the tonic and the tablet really work to relieve someone from stress?
This medicinal herb Withania somnifera (Ashwagandha) is a revered herb of the Indian ayurvedic ( Traditional system of medicine in India), this medicine is produced as Rasayana (herbal preparation in India that promotes a youthful state of physical and mental health that expands happiness, often administered as tonic).
This herb is used for the treatment of various types of diseases and majorly for nervine tonic.
Because of this claim, many conventional trial methods were carried out to test the efficacy of its adaptogenic/ anti-stress functions on rats.
It was revealed that Withania Somnifera (Ashwangadha) increases the stamina of rats during swimming endurance tests, and prevents adrenal gland changes of ascorbic acid and cortisol contents produced by swimming stress.
Pretreatment of WS also showed proficient protection against stress-induced gastric ulcers.
Ashwagandha is best known for its stress reduction functions, it is classified as a substance that helps the body cope with stress.
In another research carried out to study WS stress reduction activities, the study was carried out with a few numbers of just 58 participants, those who took 250 or 600 mg of Ashwagandha extract for 8 weeks had significantly reduced stress levels and the stress hormone (cortisol) compared with those who took placebo.
Those who took the extract also saw improvement in sleep quality compared to those who took a placebo.
Another study with 60 participants revealed that those who took at least 240 mg of Ashwagandha extract per day for 60 days had a significant reduction in anxiety compared to those who took a placebo.
However, there is not enough agreed common term to describe the appropriate dose that could be administered to treat stress-related neuropsychiatric disorders such as anxiety.
The above evidence has revealed enough pharmacological potential effects of Ashwagandha as the best herbal medicine method that can be adopted in stress reduction treatment or in the treatment of neuropsychiatric disorders like anxiety.
This herb may help control stress mediators such as shock protein (Hsp70), cortisol, and stress-activated c-jun N- terminal protein kinase (JNK-1)
Other Non-Stress Functions Of Ashwagandha
There are other medicinal functions of WS that have been proven and tested to be efficient.
Some of these functions are:
•It may be a worthwhile supplement for athletes, research has shown that Ashwagandha may be beneficial to athletes’ performance.
• Some evidence suggests that it may have reduced Symptoms of mental health conditions in some populations.
•The supplement has been shown to improve male fertility by increasing testosterone levels.
•Though with limited Studies, the extract has been shown to have some positive impact on people with diabetes or high blood sugar levels.
•Ashwagandha contains compounds that can help to reduce inflammation in the body.
•Taking Ashwagandha may benefit cognitive function. A clinical review of five studies found evidence that Ashwangadha could improve cognitive functioning in some races.
This suggests that Ashwagandha is such an important herbal medicine that needs more conventional clinical trials In order to tap into its Pharmaceutical proficiency for proper dosage prescription in the treatment of various diseases, most especially as the best supplement in the management of stress and mental health disorders.
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