Quarantine is over for most people, life is starting to return to somewhat of a "normal" state, but the affects of everything have left more and more people stressed and depressed, more than in recent past. The loss of loved ones, layoffs, economic / financial hardships, and even the uncertainty of "will things ever be the same again?" is taking a toll of our mental state.
In a recent study, almost 58% of people surveyed stated that they are battling some form of anxiety, stress and/or depression that they've never had before. A baffling statistic I read the other day is that over 40 million adults (over the age of 18) have some sort of anxiety / stress / depression related disorder; that equates out to be around 18% of our population. Of those 40 million adults, only 37% of them are seeking treatment of some kind. Some feel embarrassed that they're going through this, some are in a mental state where they just can't get the motivation to seek help, and some, frankly can't afford to obtain the help they need so they go untreated. These mental health disorders can adversely affect your mind, body and spirit and if untreated can potentially have grave effects. This is where the ancient Indian medicinal herb Ashwagandha (or Indian Winter Cherry or Indian Ginseng) will play an important role in your long-term mental state recovery.
Ashwagandha is a herb primarily located in India, the Middle East and parts of Africa; the roots and berries are widely used for their medicinal / health benefits and have been for centuries. Ashwagandha also plays an important role in Ayurveda, an ancient Indian practice / form of alternative medicine that heals the body and rejuvenates the mind. It has been used for over 3,000 years to reduce or relieve the effects of mental disorders, boost energy levels and improve cognitive brain function and memory.
Aids in lowering the levels of anxiety
Relieves stress and depression
Improves the quality of sleep
Promotes muscle growth
Aids in improving memory functions
Helps with male fertility
Proof is in the Pudding:
In recent studies, 69% of the people studied who have chronic stress / anxiety / depression disorder(s) said that over a 60 day-period, when incorporating Ashwagandha into their diet, have had significant improvements in their mental health state.
Also, another study over a 6-week period, Ashwagandha was found to be 88% successful in reducing stress and anxiety levels as opposed to 15% of those in the placebo group.
Lastly, for some real-life, non-medical study proof, I have a friend (we will name her Susan), well Susan lost her job during the pandemic, has 2 small children and is a single parent. During the first few months of quarantine, her mental health state was deteriorating, there were no jobs, unemployment wasn't coming in, the threat of losing her home was imminent, and feeding her family was becoming harder and harder.
One day we were talking over coffee and she broke down in tears, she had never told anyone about her struggles and just bottled everything inside. She was struggling financially and mentally; it was taking a toll on her and she was about to her breaking point. Susan had state provided medical insurance and the coverage was limited. She knew that I was knowledgeable in herbal medicine and asked if I had any recommendations - anything that could help with her mental wellbeing. That's when I told her about Ashwagandha. I mentioned to her that if she puts it into a tea or pill form, twice daily for at least 2 weeks, she will start to feel the effects and be on her road to recovery.
Fast forward to present time, Susan is still on her Ashwagandha regiment (about 4 months into it) and even though she is still struggling financially due to the pandemic, her mental state is in a far better place. She has reported that she doesn't have the mental breakdowns like she did prior to taking Ashwagandha, there are less sleepless nights, and the constant feeling of stress and hopelessness has faded considerably to the point that they are almost non-existent.
Ashwagandha is an all natural way to heal your mind and body and help alleviate stress, anxiety and depression. Unlike Zoloft and Xanax, where the effects take place within 30 minutes to an hour and only give you short-term results, a regimented regime of Ashwagandha (400-500mg twice daily is recommended), over time (approximately 2 weeks), will give you permanent results. As an added benefit, by not taking the prescription medicine, you're not putting foreign chemicals into your body.
** Disclaimer: Results may vary by person and if you're already taking medication or have any medical conditions, please seek medical advice prior to taking this herbal supplement **
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NOTE: Please remember, the information contained here is for educational purposes only and isn't meant to treat, diagnose, prevent, or cure any disease. Before taking / using any of these items, please consult your doctor; especially if you're pregnant and/or taking any prescription medication.