Ashwagandha for Stress
Ashwagandha is a popular stress-relief supplement. It has been used for relieving stress, rejuvenation, and general well-being for over 3000 years in the holistic form of Indian medicine called Ayurveda. Studies found that Ashwagandha's stress-relieving effects may occur because of its effect on the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis, which is a set of organs and their interactions that control how a person reacts to stress and regulates bodily functions. In multiple randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled studies Ashwagandha significantly improved several markers related to stress and decreased amounts of cortisol (stress-hormone) found in subjects. (1,2,3)
Ashwagandha for Anxiety
Anxiety is a regular, everyday emotion, but is commonly found in severe or excessive amounts among a huge number of people. Ashwagandha is a supplement known for its anxiolytic (anti-anxiety) and adaptogenic (stress-reducing) properties. (2) Ashwagandha has been studied for its effect on GABA, an inhibitory neurotransmitter, that produces a calming effect in the brain. One systematic review of information found that Ashwagandha shows promise in producing an anxiety reducing affect comparable to available pharmaceuticals. (4)
Ashwagandha is an herb used for thousands of years for stress-relief, anxiety reduction, and overall well-being leading to better living and may be used to help people who suffer from any of these afflictions.
- Lopresti, A. L., Smith, S. J., Malvi, H., & Kodgule, R. (2019). An investigation into thestress-relieving and pharmacological actions of an ashwagandha (Withania somnifera)extract: A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study. Medicine, 98(37),e17186. https://doi.org/10.1097/MD.0000000000017186. Accessed 1/19/2021.
- Salve, J., Pate, S., Debnath, K., & Langade, D. (2019). Adaptogenic and Anxiolytic Effects of Ashwagandha Root Extract in Healthy Adults: A Double-blind, Randomized, Placebo-controlled Clinical Study. Cureus, 11(12), e6466. https://doi.org/10.7759/cureus.6466. Accessed 1/19/2021.
- Chandrasekhar, K., Kapoor, J., & Anishetty, S. (2012). A prospective, randomized double-blind, placebo-controlled study of safety and efficacy of a high-concentration full-spectrum extract of ashwagandha root in reducing stress and anxiety in adults. Indianjournal of psychological medicine, 34(3), 255–262. https://doi.org/10.4103/0253-7176.106022. Accessed 1/19/2021.
- Savage, K., Firth, J., Stough, C., & Sarris, J. (2018). GABA-modulating phytomedicines for anxiety: A systematic review of preclinical and clinical evidence. Phytotherapy research: PTR, 32(1), 3–18. https://doi.org/10.1002/ptr.5940. Accessed 1/19/2021.