The ashwagandha plant is botanically known as Withania somnifera root. It is a member of the Solanaceae (nightshade) family. Ashwagandha root is also commonly called Indian ginseng, winter cherry and somnifera root.
The root and leaves of the ashwagandha plant are most commonly used for their medicinal properties, and the presence of withanolides, a group of steroidal lactones, contribute to the herb’s health benefits. These withanolides include withaferin A, withanolide D and withanone.
The literal meaning of the word ashwagandha is “smell of horse” because the fresh roots of the herb are said to smell like a horse. As the story goes, it’s believed that when you consume it, you may develop the strength and vitality of a horse as well.
In Latin, the species name somnifera can be translated as “sleep-inducing.”
There have been over 200 studies on ashwagandha benefits.
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Take 1 x scoop (1 gram) in the evening or 60-30minutes before bed. Morning use is also accepted however may give a feeling of drowsiness.
In ayurvedic medicines, whole plant rounded powder has been used which ranges in 3-6 grams per day. Other forms of Ashwagandha are typically extracted to give a standardisation of 4-5% withanolides which studies have speculated to bring out the benefits of the herb. These herbal extracts are great to use! Other extracts include KSM-66 which have some great customer reviews and other adulterated claims. Sensoril has the highest withanolides content in the market standardised to 10% withanolides from both roots and leaves which some people do not prefer. Sensoril in our eyes has the greatest clinical data backing its usefulness as a sedative, calming herb which greatly appealed to our formula. However, please try all extracts to find one best for your needs. Head over to our Ashwagandha blog to discover more.
Ashwagandha is a sedating herb and best taken towards the end of the day to enhance sleep and bring down cortisol levels
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Ashwagandha is an adaptogen herb meaning it helps to control your body’s natural response to stress so you can feel calmer. The herb acts on serotonin and GABA neurotransmitters to make this possible. For more in-dept information check out our blog here ----> https://www.headhonchosupplements.com/blogs/news/everything-you-need-to-know-about-ashwagandha-withania-somnifera
Ashwagandha, what can I say. It is definitely one of the most potent herbs in ayurvedic medicines with it’s effects compared to that of hardcore pharmaceutical drugs for targeting depression and anxiety. Ashwagandha (also known as Withania Somnifera) is well known for its stress reduction properties classing itself as leader within the adaptogen classification of herbal extracts which means it helps your body adapt to stress, both mental and physical.
If you are after an adaptogen herb then you came to the right place. We can supply both, but ensure you pick the right adaptogen herb for you. Both can help your body adapt physically and mentally to stress however differ in other benefits. In a nutshell, Rhodiola rosea is a more stimulating herb to take in the morning whilst Ashwagandha is a sedative herb meaning it is ideal to take in the evening or right before sleep. It is now up to you. Keep in mind, it is best to only use one adaptogen at a time. If you wish to replace your morning coffee then I would definitely suggest the Rhodiola rosea as it can give a stimulative effect like caffeine. For more of a relaxing feel, Ashwagnadha would be your best bet.
Sensoril is considered non-toxic. Do not exceed 750mg per day (3 scoops). If you are pregnant do not use Ashwagandha as it could cause a miscarriage. Ashwagandha can enhance the effects of sedatives, antidepressant and anti-anxiety medications, including St. John’s Wort. It can also interact and possibly amplify the effects of immunosuppressants, blood pressure medication, and drugs used to control blood glucose levels. Ashwagandha can boost the effects of alcohol. And do not use Ashwagandha if you have bleeding issues, or before surgery. Other possible side effects include diarrhea, nausea, abdominal pain, drowsiness and slowed pulse if taken in excess of 750mg (More than 3 servings daily).
Ashwagandha does not need to be cycled if taken within the recommended daily dose of 250-500mg. However, we do recommend trying other adaptogens once a 60 day cycle has been completed. See Rhodiola for more ideas.