Anti-Anxiety Pill in the Pot

Fresh Ashwagandha leaf in tea reduces stress

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Ashwagandha is also called Indian ginseng, though it and Panax ginseng are not related and their physiological and psychological effects are different. However, both herbs are thought to be anti-aging. In Ayurveda, Ashwagandha is called a Rasayana herb for its ability to harmonize the human organism—it is cerebral, whereas ginseng’s effect is biochemical.

Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), is a shade loving, plain upright stalk, growing amiably among passionflower, bacopa, and chamomile. It drops its red berries in the fall and can grow over a year before its root is harvested. Yet, while waiting, the leaves can be effective for a tea with euphoric, anti-anxiety effects.

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In this study of 64 people with a history of chronic stress, their serum cortisol was measured along with scores on standard stress-assessment questionnaires.

One group received sham and the other active ingredients. Each capsule in the treatment group contained 300 milligrams of high-concentration, full-spectrum extract from the root.

The treatment group given the high-concentration extract “exhibited a significant reduction in scores on all the stress-assessment scales on Day 60, relative to the placebo group. The serum cortisol levels were substantially reduced…. The adverse effects were mild in nature and were comparable in both the groups. No serious adverse events were reported.”

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The article concluded, “The findings of this study suggest that a high-concentration full-spectrum Ashwagandha root extract safely and effectively improves an individual's resistance towards stress and thereby improves self-assessed quality of life.”

Ashwagandha capsules are widely available. Alternatively, the plants can be purchased as babies and planted in six-inch pots. They do well in sun but do quite well among other plants that give them a little shade all day. The tea is a bit woody and can be combined with peppermint or chamomile from your garden to adjust the taste.

Reference K. Chandrasekhar, Jyoti Kapoor, and Sridhar Anishetty 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 Indian J Psychol Med. 2012 Jul-Sep; 34(3): 255–262. doi: 10.4103/0253-7176.106022 PMCID: PMC3573577 PMID: 23439798
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