Old Remedy, New Use Part 1

Old Remedy, New Use Part 1

Like the system of medicine that developed in neighboring China, India’s Ayurveda is based on the idea that the human body hums with an unseen energy and that disease occurs when this energy is blocked. Both healing traditions not only rely, in part, on herbal remedies to counteract the effects of such blockages but agree that some herbs occupy places of distinction due to their wide range of benefits.

Ashwagandha is one of the plants so honored in Ayurveda. Known to science as Withania somnifera, it is used in Ayurveda as a rasayana, a tonic that promotes youthfulness and overall well-being. Its energy is considered to be warming in nature, suitable for age-related debilitation as well as anxiety, insomnia and memory loss.

Nowadays, the energy that preoccupies many people is personal energy—as in how to find more of it. Poor adrenal function helps explain some of this prevalent fatigue; fortunately, ashwagandha can help.

Tired Glands

The body has two adrenal glands, one on top of each kidney. Among their functions is responding to fight-or-flight situations. For example, if a truck suddenly swerves into your lane on the highway, the adrenal glands will release hormones that help you react quickly to the threat. Once you’ve taken evasive action, the body eventually resets to its normal state.

Most sources of stress, however, are not as straightforward as a runaway truck. Poor diet, inadequate exercise, short sleep and persistent worry all lead to constant low-level stress, which means your body never hits the reset button. When you add in the effects of an illness or a life crisis—the death of a loved one, the loss of a job or a relationship—the adrenal glands may no longer respond as they should. The result is fatigue unrelieved by rest, cravings for sweet and salty foods, and feeling generally overwhelmed.

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