Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Ashwagandha for Cognitive Function

By Dr. Mercola Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) is an herb that's been an important part of Ayurvedic medicine since ancient times. Literally translated from its Sanskrit roots, ashwagandha means "smells like a horse," which may hint more at its essence than its actual smell. It's suggested by some Ayurvedic health practitioners that the herb was so named because it provides the strength and stamina of a horse. Meanwhile, its species name, somnifera, is a nod to its sedative properties.1 While ashwagandha is sometimes referred to as Ayurvedic or Indian ginseng,2 it is not in the ginseng family. The ashwagandha plant is a shrub with yellow-green flowers and orange-red berries native to Pakistan, India and Sri Lanka. The leaves and root are most often used medicinally. According to Ayurvedic tradition, ashwagandha is considered a rasayana herb, which means it may promote youth and longevity while alleviating suffering. It's a broad but fitting description, as this herb has a wide range

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