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Like the tomato, ashwagandha bears yellow flowers and red fruit, though the fruit is berrylike in size and shape. Ashwagandha grows prolifically in India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. All parts of the plant are used in herbal medicine. Ashwagandha has been used for more than 2,500 years as a "vitalizer."
Ashwagandha is a sexual "grounding" herb that reduces the frequency of premature ejaculation and increases sexual stamina.
- Phyllis A. Balch, CNC, Prescription for Herbal Healing: An Easy-to-UseDo not eat ashwagandha berries, as they can cause severe gastrointestinal pain. Taking ashwag
Scholars from the University of Leipzig looked at the effects of ashwagandha on the brain. They dosed rats with ashwagandha and then looked at their brains to see if ashwagandha affected neurotransmitters. The research showed that ashwagandha led to more acetylcholine receptor activity. The scholars concluded that the increase of activity in that particular neurotransmitter could account for the increase in cognitive ability and memory that is attributed to ashwagandha.
Researchers at the University of Texas Health Science Center also looked at the effects of ashwagandha. They found that extracts of the shrub had activity that was similar to GABA, which could explain why the plant is effective in reducing anxiety.
Another study, conducted in 2002, found that ashwagandha leads to increased growth of axons and dendrites. Another study in 2001 found that the plant can enhance memory. A 2000 project indicated that ashwagandha reduced anxiety and depression in animals.
Originally posted by Shadowfoot
Theres are some caveats to using adaptagens that should be made clear before using them for extended periods as thy have potential deliturious effects as well...this is not to take away from their fantastic effect on health, I only seek to add to your knowledge base in regards their correct use.
Ashwaganda is from the Ayurvedic system still practiced over 5000 years in India. Adaptagens use in Chinese and Ayurvedic herbology is very similiar and 99.9% of the time they are coupled with other herbs to counter adaptagens "cloying" nature ie...they cause mucous in the spleen and digestive tract over long term usage unless you counter it.
For instance the most popular adaptagenic formula in China is the 4 gentlemans decoction: The main adaptagen herb is either ginseng or codonpsis, two assistant herbs poria fungus and white atractylodes are there to counter the mucous causing nature of the adaptagen. Poria leaches dampness from the body whereas white atractylodes reduces blood sugar levels which cause mucous. Licorice root is added as a harmonizer and to carry the formula to all 12 meridians rather then the 2-4 normally activated by the main herbs.
Remember that immune receptors are found in the digestive tract (90%) so mucous will not only slow digestion and inhibit energy, but it will also reduce immune function. At the very least dry as much orange or tangerine peel as you can and take your adaptagens with a small amount of the dry citrus, which has a qi decending attribute and will help usher mucous forming compounds out of the body.
There are a number of fantastic adaptagens: Rhodiola, Ginsengs, codonopsis, ashwaganda, maitake, saw palmetto(not just for prostate) the list is long , long indeed.
Im working on a whole herb series of posts presently perhaps you will find interest in them, presently I am working on survival foods and medicine in the American wild.
[edit on 19-8-2010 by Shadowfoot]
When used to increase sex drive, ashwagandha should not be taken in instances of acute sexual anxiety, as its effects take hold only after about one week of daily use.