A shwaghandha also known as Indian Ginseng is a herb that comes from mainly India and Africa. In India Ashwagandha is an important part of the Ayurveda, one of the most important holistic medical systems from India.
The root of the plant (only the root should be used for medical purposes) is dried and after the drying is grinded into powder to be used in a drink (for instance chocolate milk or orange juice), or it can be used to make a tea.
Often the powder is taken as a capsule (in this case capsules will be made with Ashwagandha).
Some health benefits
Helps for stress and anxiety
Various clinical studies have proven or shown that ashwagandha can help in decreasing levels of stress and anxiety. To achieve this result 1 or 2 capsules a day (each containing 480mg of ashwagandha) can be enough.
decreasing blood sugar and fat levels
In some studies it was shown that Ashwagandha helped to lower bloodglucose levels in this way it had a role in decreasing fat levels and blood sugar.
Another study showed that people who took Ashwagandha slept better and also had a better quality of sleep.
Ashwagandha as testosteron booster and for increased muscle strenght
Much study is needed in this field for Ashwagandha as an aid in boosting testosterone levels and for increased muscle strenght but there seem to be indications that it could help in this regard as well. Ashwagandha could benefit people who engage in power lifting because it could increase testosterone levels. If this proves true it could increase libido and general endurance. This study also showed there could be additional benefits for improved sperm quality in males.
All in all this seem to be hopefull results and enough reason to use the herb. It is always very important to realise that supplementing with Ashwagandha (or for that matter any natural remedy) is not used to replace regular medication prescribed by doctors or other health officials but only as an addition.