If you are among the millions of people (across the world) who suffer from thyroid disorders, you should try medicinal herb called Ashwagandha which is native to Asia. Ashwagandha is popular in Ayurveda medicine, and Indians are useing it for more than three hundred years to treat a wide range of health disorders. A double-blind study shows that Ashwagandha was effective in preventing vitamin C deficiency, stress-related ulcers, and improving energy levels etc. However, Ashwagandha is now more popular for thyroid disorders than as a stress reliever or energy booster. Let us try to understand what are the thyroid problems?
Thyroid gland or simply thyroid is an endocrine gland which is known for the release of its hormones directly in the blood stream. This gland lies in the front of neck, below Adam’s apple. This thyroid gland releases the hormones. These hormones are beneficial for regulation of heart functions, muscle activity, regulation of the metabolism, growth during childhood, woman’s monthly cycle, helps in healing of bones, and converts beta-carotene into vitamin A etc. sometimes thyroid gland either produce more hormones or fewer hormones which create several problems. Thyroid disorders is of two types: hyperthyroidism (the thyroid gland overproduces T3 and T4 hormones) and hypothyroidism (the thyroid produces an insufficient amount of T3 and T4 hormones). Ashwagandha looks after all the problem that arises due to thyroid.
The Scientific name of ashwagandha is Withania somnifera Dunal. The meaning of Ashwagandha in Sanskrit is “smell of horse” indicating that this herb imparts the vigor and strength of a stallion. Ashwagandha belongs to a class of herbs called rasayana. Ashwagandha belongs to the same family of tomato. It is native to dry areas of India. It is also found in northern Africa, and the Middle East. Today, it is also grown in more mild climates, including the United States. Ashwagandha has oval seeds with yellow flowers.
Its another name is Indian ginseng as it has rejuvenating properties. Ashwagandha is also popular as Indian ginseng or winter cherry. The active chemicals in Ashwagandha are identical to those found in ginseng, but botanically, ginseng and ashwagandha both are unrelated. Ashwagandha is more superior to its Asian cousin.
Benefits of Ashwagandha:
There are a lot of health benefits which are associated with ashwagandha. This herb helps in Lowering hypertension or blood pressure, act as antioxidant, has Anti-inflammatory effect, lowering symptoms such as irritability, stress, edginess and anxiety, Boosting memory and concentration. This herb is also known for relieving you from a headache and tension, enhancing a feeling of relaxation, which enhances the quality of sleep, stimulating the proper function of thyroid glands, reduction of stress and its symptoms, lowering bad cholesterol levels in one’s body. It is also useful for nourishment and protection of one’s liver, increasing energy and endurance level, natural steroidal effects, suppressing symptoms of pain and increase in production of red blood cells etc.
Ashwagandha in thyroid disorder:
Indian lab studies have found that Ashwagandha roots have the capacity to stimulate thyroid hormones by boosting serum concentrations of thyroid hormone. People suffering from thyroid disorder can benefit from taking Ashwagandha, mainly because of its anti-inflammatory, T4-elevating, antidepressant, antioxidants, and nerve-protecting properties.
How it works for Hypothyroidism:
The function of the thyroid gland is regulated by two parts of the brain: hypothalamus and pituitary gland. The hypothalamus collects signals from body systems and evaluates if the thyroid gland should decrease or increase the level of T4 and/or T3 hormones. Ashwagandha comes in as a remedy for thyroid malfunction.
It directs thyroid stimulating (TSH) hormone to travel to the pituitary gland. TSH triggers the thyroid gland to produce sufficient amounts of T4 and T3. Once T3 has accumulated to normal levels, the hypothalamus notes it and directs pituitary gland to stop the production of TSH. Excess amount of T4 in the body can cause oxidative stress. When the human body is experiencing oxidative stress, its ability to fight free radicals decreses. But if T4 changes into the active T3, the risk associated with oxidative stress in the patient reduces.
Indian ginseng can slow down the production of T3 by stimulating the selective increase of T4 levels in the body. T3 is the key culprit for hyperthyroidism.
How to Take :
Ashwagandha works effectively even if you take it in low doses. The lowest effective dose of Ashwagandha leaf or root extract is 50-100 milligrams. Always use Ashwagandha leaf and root powder instead of concentrated extracts. Consume Ashwagandha with honey, milk, or lukewarm water. Never take it alone.
You saw that how beneficial is ashwagandha in thyroid disorder. It is also playing a great role to cure a number of diseases. According to famous site paramanand.com, ashwagandha appears to be nontoxic at moderate doses. But this herb may induce miscarriage, so pregnant women should not use it. Ashwagandha may enhance the effects of sedative and anti-anxiety medications, including herbal immune suppressants, drugs used to lower high blood pressure or glucose levels. Paramanand.com suggests that People with bleeding issues or an upcoming surgery should not use ashwagandha. Other possible side effects of ashwagandha are diarrhea, nausea, abdominal pain, drowsiness and slow pulse. So, take it in the moderate range and before that consult with a doctor.