Ashwagandha – Adaptive agent – anti-stress

Ashwagandha is an herb that is used in Ayurvedic medicine for various ailments, one being an adaptogen (anti stress) and I began taking it about 3 weeks ago to test it out.  Below are details of it pulled from webmd.com

Ashwagandha is a plant. The root and berry are used to make medicine.

Ashwagandha has a lot of uses. But so far, there isn’t enough information to judge whether it is effective for any of them.

Ashwagandha is used for arthritisanxiety, trouble sleeping (insomnia), tumors,tuberculosisasthma, a skin condition marked by white patchiness (leukoderma),bronchitis, backache, fibromyalgia, menstrual problems, hiccups, and chronic liverdisease.

Ashwagandha is also used as an “adaptogen” to help the body cope with daily stress, and as a general tonic.

Some people also use ashwagandha for improving thinking ability, decreasing pain and swelling (inflammation), and preventing the effects of aging. It is also used forfertility problems in men and women and also to increase sexual desire.

Ashwagandha is applied to the skin for treating wounds, backache, and one-sided paralysis (hemiplegia).

The name Ashwagandha is from the Sanskrit language and is a combination of the word ashva, meaning horse, and gandha, meaning smell. The root has a strong aroma that is described as “horse-like.”

In Ayurvedic, Indian, and Unani medicine, ashwagandha is described as “Indian ginseng.” Ashwagandha is also used in traditional African medicine for a variety of ailments.

Don’t confuse ashwagandha with Physalis alkekengi. Both are known as winter cherry.

How does it work?

Ashwagandha contains chemicals that might help calm the brain, reduce swelling (inflammation), lower blood pressure, and alter the immune system.

read more: http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-953-ASHWAGANDHA.aspx?activeIngredientId=953&activeIngredientName=ASHWAGANDHA

 

I began to take Ashwagandha to help with coping with daily stress and insomnia and it has been working.  I must say that I am also practicing mindfulness, 4 7 8 breathing techniques and have been doing some “clearing” of physical clutter, so it might be a combination of all but I recommend trying it.  I take it once a day, in the evening, after dinner with a full glass of water.

Over the last few weeks, I have noticed that I am more relaxed, more patient and slowly getting back to my “happy-go-lucky” self.  My children are also more relaxed, have less tantrums and are sleeping better.  Go figure – if I am more relaxed they are too… 🙂  The energy you feel is projected to those around you whether you try to cover it up by acting happy and relaxed or not.  Especially children, they are like little sponges and absorb the negative or positive vibes you project internally and externally.  So, reducing your stress is important for your overall health and well-being and mental sharpness, but also important for those around you to include your friends, families, partners and children!  It is even good for reducing the visceral fat around your middle!!!  🙂

Another natural anti-inflammatory and overall good supplement is Turmeric which can be added to your daily food by using the spice, taking the spice mixed with raw honey daily (especially during cold or allergy season), or taken daily in capsules (curcumin).

 

I’ve had enough….

OK, so I think my mind and body have finally had enough of the go, go, go and do, do, do everything for everyone else.  This has been nagging at me for a while but I finally listened to that inner voice today and realized, “I NEED A BREAK!”.  Actually, I just need some me time.  I go and do for everyone else all the time, my kids, my husband, my dad, the daycare, my clients…. I have been allowing everyone to take a little piece of me and not leaving anything or ME.  This may sound selfish but I am realizing that in order to be a good mom, a good wife, a good friend, a good daughter, etc… I need to take time out for me.  Even if that is just a cup of coffee in my house by myself after everyone is gone without turning on my computer or my phone or a good run that gets my mind focused and my body feeling good.

I have always been a little bit of a caretaker and always been and overachiever and what I like to call “Optimistic with my time”.  But now, with kids and dogs, and work and school and everything else… I don’t have time to be optimistic with – I need to learn to time manage better.  Somedays, I feel like I am running in circles and not getting much done at all, often making more work for myself in the process.  Learning to focus on one thing at a time will be a great start.

Here is what I will be trying:  Make a list, Focus on one thing at a time, be present in the moment, get it done and enjoy it.  If thoughts come in about all of the other things that need to get done, I will acknowledge the thought, breathe it out and get back to the task at hand.

Wish me luck…..and let me know if anyone else tries this and how it works out.