Indian ginseng also called as Ashwagandha is a popular herb has been used since ancient times in Ayurveda and Chinese medicine. This plant is used to treat both physiological and psychological diseases(1) which includes diabetes, cancer, arthritis, hypertension, asthma, stress and rheumatism. Ashwagandha powder is also useful in treating men infertility and erectile dysfunction. Learn here how to make ashwagandha powder at home.
Indian ginseng is cultivated in India mainly in the drier regions. This plant is also found in China, Nepal and yemen. The leaves of this plant look dull green color. It is a small shrub with yellow flowers and bell-shaped. The ripe fruit is orange-red in color. The leaves, root, flowers and the berries of ashwagandha plant are used treat many illnesses.
How to make Ashwagandha powder easily at home?
Get 200 grams of dried ashwagandha powder from nattu marundhu shop. Dry the root once again in sunlight for a day. Add the roots to blender, blend well and make fine powder. Sieve the powder and store in a container or bottle and use.
Ashwagandha names in other languages
Indian ginseng is called as Ashgandh in Hindi, Amukkara in Tamil, Amukkuram in Malayalam, Ashkandha in Marathi, Asod in Gujarathi and Dhuppa in Bengali.
Health benefits of Indian ginseng
Regular consumption of ashwagandha provides various health benefits. Some of them are listed below.
Reduce blood sugar levels
In Ayurveda, Indian ginseng has been used as a remedy to treat diabetes(2). Study conducted in people with schizophrenia, Indian ginseng powder has been given continuously for a period of four weeks to them. It has been proved that the blood sugar levels significantly come down during fasting and post lunch period.
Promotes thyroid health
Indian ginseng is helpful in stimulating the thyroid health. The root extract or the powder if given once daily would increase the secretion of thyroid hormones. People who are taking medicines for thyroid disease must be careful in taking ashwagandha powder, as this may possibly increase thyroid hormone levels in some people.
Supports a healthy immune system
Ashwagandha has antioxidants and immune-boosting properties, thus helps increase white blood cell production and improves the functioning of immune system. Regular intake of ashwagandha tea ensures better health and decreases the chances of getting sick very frequently. It gives more energy and supports for speedy recovery after illness.
Anxiety and fear are part of our life. These feelings cause fast heart rate and shakiness. Ashwagandha holds stress relieving and anti-depressant properties. So, it is considered more powerful than other drugs. As it is one of the herbal medicine, it will not induce drowsiness and treat the disease without any side effects. However, ashwagandha should be consumed orally under the guidance of a doctor to control anxiety and depression.
Protects against cancer
Many studies have shown that ashwagandha can help prevent or stop growth of cancer cells. Ashwagandha is rich in antioxidants and cancer-killing properties, its components are responsible for preventing the growth of many types of cancer cells such as colon, lung, breast, prostate, melanoma and leukemia(3).
Anti-bacterial in nature
According to ayurvedic medical practitioners, ashwagandha is very effective in controlling bacterial infections. Oral consumption of this ashwagandha powder is helpful in treating gastrointestinal, respiratory tract and urinogenital infections.
Stimulates brain power
Ashwagandha contains so many chemicals which help improve the production of acetycholine. Acetycholine is a substance, acts as the main neurotransmitter of the parasympathetic nervous system. This also improves cognitive abilities including concentration, thinking, and memory.
It stimulates growth of the neural cells and help reduce the risk of age-related mental illnesses like parkinson’s and Alzhaimer’s diseases(4).
Treats erectile dysfunction
Ayurveda recommends ashwagandha as an effective herbal remedy to treat male infertility. Regular intake of ashwagandha root powder can increase sperm count, semen volume and sperm mobility. This is also significantly increases testosterone and luteinizing hormone, which help produce sperms. It is said to be very effective at restoring and recovering lost sexuality in both sexes.
Improves bone health
Ashwagandha is helpful in treating joint inflammation and swelling. It supports healthy bones and muscles. Ashwagandha has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, thus prevents strain, inflammation and other bone related problems.
Make ashwagandha powder at home and consume this powder in cow’s milk to improve calcium retention and bone calcification.
Side effects of using Indian ginseng
- It is believed that Indian ginseng contains abortifacient properties, so it is advisable to avoid consuming Indian ginseng during pregnancy.
- People who are taking medicines for diabetes, insomnia, hypertension, anxiety and depression, please consult a doctor before taking Indian ginseng.
- Avoid consuming large amounts of Indian ginseng, as this may create nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and upset stomach.
- 1 to 2 teaspoons or 5 to 6 grams of ashwagandha powder is recommended for general well-being. Consult an Ayurvedic doctor or medical practitioner to know the correct dosage level to treat specific diseases.
Follow the below simple steps and know how to make ashwagandha powder at home easily.
- 100 grams Dried ashwagandha root
- To make the powder use dried Indian ginseng (Ashwagandha).
- Dry the roots in sunlight for one day.
- Add the dried roots to blender.
- Blend the roots and make fine powder.
- Sieve after blending to get the fine powder.
- Store in a container and use.