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To understand Ashwagandha, you need to Understand Ayurvedic
 
 
You may have heard herbal products referred to as Ayurvedic medicine or Ayurveda herbs. This classification is typically given to specific herbs that have been used traditionally in India for thousands of years. No exaggeration, Ayurvedic medicine is one of the worlds oldest forms of healing. It is based on the belief that health and wellness depend on the balance of the body, mind and spirit, and an imbalance in any of these areas can lead to illness. This form of
healing believes in treating the underlying cause of the disease rather than the disease itself and in turn, you need to address the body as a whole, not as individual parts. It does make sense when you consider that every reaction in your body causes another reaction, one hormone imbalance causes a cascade of responses etc.

One popular herbal product that falls under the classification of Ayurvedic medicine is Ashwagandha, and with your renewed understanding of this ancient form of medicine, you may have an entirely new appreciation for Ashwagandha. Under this form of medicine, Ashwagandha is one of the most important medicinal herbs and is classified as an “adaptogen.” An “adaptogen” product refers to any product that helps the body to adapt to both internal and external factors that affect the body. Various parts of the plant are used, but most supplements contain the root as the primary source of raw material. The root has a horsey-like smell and is said, “to confer the strength and virility of a horse.”
 
 
Health Benefits of Ashwagandha
 
 
There is some exciting research that supports the many health benefits of Ashwagandha. The most popular of which is to help the body manage its stress responses by balancing the cortisol levels in the body. Remember, the body requires a balance, and too much cortisol can negatively affect blood pressure, stress, anxiety and sleep disorders, weight gain, etc. And too little can cause weakness, dizziness, and more severe effects if left untreated. It is important to note that most people have too much cortisol, which is released from the adrenal glands during times of stress and anxiety. Ashwagandha helps the body better manage anxiety and stress by balancing the chemical
stress response. It also helps to balance testosterone and luteinizing hormones, resulting in increased sperm count and mobility. Ashwagandha has also been studied for its adaptogen benefits for an underactive thyroid condition by helping to stimulate thyroid hormones. If you are on medications for an underactive thyroid, you need to monitor your levels, as this herb could cause them to drop too much. Several studies show the benefits of this herb for decreasing blood sugar levels by protecting the pancreas and balancing insulin response. Another recommended reason for taking Ashwagandha is for its immune-modulating properties. It helps restore an underactive or overactive immune system, which makes it ideally suited for people that have autoimmune diseases. It shows promise as an anti-cancer supplement because it may help to reduce tumour growth and support cancer treatments. We like to recommend the PURICA Ashwagandha because it uses a specific form of Ashwagandha that helps reduce cortisol levels by up to 30% and helps increase DHEA. Ashwagandha is safe for most people, but if you are immune suppressant or are taking thyroid medications you should avoid. You also need to monitor blood sugar and blood pressure medications while taking this herb as it may decrease the amount of medication required.
 
 
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