Healthy Food House – You’ve heard about ‘superfoods’, so how about ‘wonder herbs’. Ashwagandha in Sanskrit means horse’s smell, probably originating from the odor of its root which resembles that of sweating horse. A quote: “The formulation favorably altered the myocardial energy substrate, improved cardiac function and reduced infarct size.”3 To clarify, the myocardial energy substrate is the energy that keeps the heart functioning optimally, preventing heart failure. Ashwagandha is a well know ayurvedic herb used to boost up the immune system. The active ingredients in ashwagandha are considered to be alkaloids, steroidal lactones, saponins, and withanolides. But so far, there isn’t enough information to judge whether it is effective for any of them. It is classified as a rasayana i.e.
Ashwagandha can help to calm the brain, reduce swelling (inflammation), lower blood pressure, and alter the immune system. The stressor could be anything; it could be internal like worrying or losing sleep over something or external like environmental toxins. Don’t confuse ashwagandha with Physalis alkekengi. It causes the cells in the body to produce more cellular ATP. I have certainly used Ashwagandha with clients with varying states of blood pressure and hypo or hyperglycemia, all with good results as long as the general indications for the herb are present. This could interfere with medications used for diabetes and cause blood sugar levels to go to low. Two acyl steryl glucoside viz.
The progression of type 2 DM begins with an impairment of glucose tolerance  and is often associated with a state of insulin resistance, which means insulin that is secreted by the β-cells and bound to liver, muscle and fat cells is subnormally efficacious in carrying out its metabolic actions . This could cause blood pressure to go to low in people with low blood pressure; or interfere with medications used to treat high blood pressure. Ashwagandha should be used cautiously if you have low blood pressure or take medications for your blood pressure. One study’s purpose was to determine a safe and effective dosage for ashwagandha. Taking ashwagandha in a warm milk decoction before bed may support healthy sleep in those suffering from insomnia. Symptoms do not appear for everyone with the condition, so initial identification rests on knowing there is a family member with the problem. User reviews and anecdotal evidence suggests this to be the case.
It is a powerful Rasayana, means it acts as an in general tonic for greater energy and longevity.