Ashwaghanda

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As an adaptogen, Ashwagandha helps the body moderate stress. Prized in Ayurveda, the traditional medicine of India, it has been used for centuries to promote vitality and wellbeing. Over the years, many of my patients have struggled with the stresses of modern living, leaving many feeling anxious and worn out. While there is no magic “herb” that will make it all better, modern science does confirm the historical use of Ashwagandha for anxiousness and fatigue.
Reference: Sarris J, et al. Plant based medicines for anxiety disorders, part 2: a review of clinical studies with supporting preclinical evidence. CNS Drugs 2013; 27(4):301-19.As a nervine, it supports the body in regulating anxiety. It is also immunomodulation, being especially helpful for those who experience low energy and frequent illness stemming from overwork. It also helps reduce levels of cortisol (a stress hormone). It’s helpful for those who have difficulty sleeping, concentrating, or who have memory problems.

Precautions:
Not recommended for use in pregnancy and for those with allergies to the nightshade family.
Ashwagandha may lower blood sugar levels. If patients are taking a medication to lower blood glucose it could make their levels go dangerously low. Care should also be taken if you have high or low blood pressure levels, ulcers, prior to surgery and some argue its negative effects in those that have autoimmune disease.
Ora Well recommends that you check with your healthcare practitioner before taking Tisanes if you are pregnant, breastfeeding or taking medications. Keep out of reach of children.

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