Ashwagandha for Stress, Arthritis, Immunity
Ashwagandha antiaging herb with longevity enhancers supports sound sleep, reduces anxiety and stress, improves immunity, mood, reduces arthritis pain anti-inflammatory.
Ashwagandha is considered a premiere antiaging herb due to its rejuvenation and longevity enhancers. Its anti-inflammatory and pain reducing properties help with arthritis. It also possesses anti-anxiety, mood elevating, antioxidant and antispasmodic properties. It supports sound sleep.
Ashwagandha is known for its effects in rejuvenating sexual ability and performance. What is often left unsaid is that it rejuvenates tissues throughout the body. It strengthens the nerves, promotes restful sleep, improves memory and reduces the graying of the hair. It is used by athletes to increase their performance. The Chinese use it as a liver and kidney tonic. Many people use this herb for its anti-aging and longevity effects. Femhealth™ offers the most potent Ashwagandha available combining the whole herb with a 4:1 extract in a powerful 650 mg capsule.
Ayurveda is traditional herbal medicine practiced in India with at least a 2000 year history of use. Femhealth offers two products in this Ayurvedic category: Gotu Kola (Centella asiatica) and Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera).
(alternative spelling - Ashwaghanda)
Considered to be the main long-term, stamina-enhancing tonic for men in Ayurveda, it can be taken by women, too. Ashwagandha is said in Ayurveda to build and solidify tissue growth; it is "anabolic." Since arthritis is a disease of "catabolism," or tissue destruction, Ashwagandha is a good choice. Modern research is bearing this out.
The demonstrated effectiveness of Ashwagandha in a variety of rheumatologic conditions may be due in part to its anti-inflammatory properties, which have been established in several studies.
Research supports the use of Ashwagandha for arthritis. In a double-blind, placebo-controlled crossover study, 42 patients with osteoarthritis received a formula containing ashwagandha or placebo for three months. Patients were evaluated for one month, prior to treatment, during which time all previous drugs were withdrawn. During both the pre-treatment and treatment phase, pain and disability scores were evaluated weekly. The herb Ashwagandha significantly reduced the severity of pain and disability scores for arthritis.
Ashwagandha is an adaptogenic herb. True adaptogens, such as Ashwagandha and Ginseng, help to regulate the body's major systems, such as improves immunity, hormonal and nervous systems. They have a paradoxical effect - they create a balance or homeostasis. They restore an irregular bodily imbalance. Femhealth offers this product in a concentrated form. It is a powerful antiaging rejuvenator, relaxer and gives you a sense of heightened well-being. It is an anti-aging herb extraordinaire! It is amazing that it is so unknown in the West.
Dr. Hans Selye, author of 1700 scholarly papers and 39 books on stress noted that headaches, insomnia, high blood pressure and cardiovascular and kidney diseases are brought on by stress. When it comes to health, it is wiser to prevent an illness than to deal with it after it has made a home for itself in your body.
"Every stress leaves an indelible scar, and the organism pays for its survival after a stressful situation by becoming a little older."
Dr. Hans Selye
When you are stressed, your adrenal glands produce a hormone in excess called cortisol. Cortisol is highly toxic and attacks muscle mass, your organs, and diminishes your strength. Your recovery time is longer and your focus was reduced. It also diminishes your immune system. Adaptogenic herbs protect you from excess cortisol.
Emotions that arise out of threat or deficit - fear, frustration, anger, sadness - have a decidedly toxic feel to them and are associated with the release of specific stress hormones, most notably cortisol.
The mechanism by which adaptogens achieve their stress protecting normalizing action is well researched. Adaptogens act to restore hypothalamic and peripheral receptor sensitivity to the effects of cortisol and other adrenal hormones. In this way, adaptogens enable the body to mount an appropriate stress response with lower amounts of cortisol than would otherwise be required. In addition, adaptogens help the adrenals return to normal more quickly.
An adaptogenic herb may lower blood pressure/bood sugar in one person and raise it in another, depending on the needs of the body.
Ashwagandha strengthens both the female and male reproductive systems, increases lactation, and helps with both female and male infertility while increasing libido. It may take up to four weeks of daily use to feel the difference. Ashwagandha promotes both vitality and virility.
Ashwagandha is also considered a premiere antiaging herb due to its rejuvenation and longevity enhancers. Its anti-inflammatory and pain reducing properties help with arthritis. It also possesses anti-anxiety, mood elevating, antioxidant and antispasmodic properties. It supports sound sleep.
One could say it is good for whatever ails you, and not be far off the mark.
FH-65-2 Ashwagandha Concentrate 4:1 650mg 60 capsules $15.95
For added support, Femhealth also sells other adaptogenic herbs: Korean Ginseng, Siberian Ginseng, and MACA, which is very good for menstrual and menopausal symptoms - hot flashes, etc.
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