Science-Backed Health Benefits of Ashwagandha

 It has a powerhouse of antioxidants
Tea made from Ashwagandha root. Shutterstock.

2. The powerhouse “Indian Ginseng”

The leaves of ashwagandha are rich in iron, this herbal tea is very effective during anemia or heavy periods. Ashwagandha helps improve memory, decrease general weakness, especially during convalescence or in the elderly and as a sleep aid.  A number of studies suggest that it has anxiolytic (anti-anxiety) effects. Studies are mostly supportive of a notable effect of ashwagandha for this purpose, and it seems to reduce cortisol levels. Ashwagandha has been used for centuries to reduce insomnia, fatigue, and the symptoms of depression, but it hasn’t been well-researched within western medicine for these purposes.

It may lead to reductions in blood glucose, blood pressure, and LDL-cholesterol, while slightly increasing HDL-cholesterol. Additionally, it may increase testosterone and sperm quality in infertile men. Internally, it is used to tone the uterus after a miscarriage and also in treating post-partum difficulties. It is also used to treat nervous exhaustion, debility, insomnia. Ashwagandha helps to relieve stress to increase energy. It also helps with impotence and infertility. Externally it has been applied as a poultice to boils, swellings, and other painful parts.

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