Ayurvedic medicine is an all natural approach to preventive care and health care that focuses on the”whole” person rather than just treating a symptom or chief complaint. It was formed over 5,000 years ago and focuses on the mind, body, and spirit connection. This form of medicine focuses on many outside factors that could also potentially be affecting your health and uses all natural remedies to treat the problem. This includes but is not limited to environment, stress levels, spirituality, and mental health.
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Now that you have a basic concept of Ayurvedic medicine, I wanted to share one of my favorite remedies that ties to my previous post about the importance of self care to prevent adrenal fatigue.
Ashwagandha is an herb mainly derived from India that is used to treat a variety of ailments. Ayurvedic medicine practitioners claim that ashwagandha can be beneficial for people with arthritis, insomnia, constipation, anxiety, goiters, can reduce fevers, and can decrease inflammation. There have been multiple studies completed that support the claims of ashwagandha but unfortunately most of them have been completed on animals and not humans. One specific study that I have reviewed uses rats and how ashwagandha can reduce their stress levels, decrease some gastro issues, and increase memory (click here for the study).
My experience with ashwagandha has been life altering and I know that sounds a little dramatic but it is true! Right out of college I started working in social work and I wasn’t really mentally prepared for the amount of stress I was going to endure. Since I was very overwhelmed with learning how to balance my work, social, and family life my self care went out the window and my health deteriorated shortly after.
I started experiencing insomnia, anxiety with no trigger, loss of appetite, random misfires of adrenaline, weight loss, and chronic fatigue. It felt like all I wanted to do was sleep and even if I slept for 10 hours straight it still felt like I only slept 2 hours. I felt like a zombie EVERY SINGLE DAY , my immune system was crap, and I would catch every bug that came around. This caused me to be extremely irritable and I started to withdraw from my friends and family. When I hit my breaking point I started doing extensive research and found out that I was in the beginning stages of adrenal fatigue.
I started taking this herb once a day and I purchased the liquid form from amazon. Using the dropper I add 30 drops to about 4 oz of water. This herb is pretty bitter so if you would rather not deal with the taste of it I recommend putting it into a juice so you can’t taste it. Within a week I noticed a significant change in my energy levels and my sleep patterns and after a month my anxiety decreased and I no longer experienced random fires of adrenaline.
This herb causes no side effects and doesn’t interact with any medications. However, it is not recommended for pregnant women because it can stimulate an early delivery. It is also not recommended for people with diabetes because it can cause low blood sugar.
If you would like to check out ashwagandha I recommend trying Planetary Herbals Ashwagandha extract.
This herbal remedy is great for people that have naturally high cortisol levels like myself. Even if you don’t have high cortisol levels it is a great preventative measure for people with stressful jobs. Ashwagandha is like a vitamin that specifically targets the adrenal glands. What are your thoughts on ayurvedic remedies?