Stressed Without Solutions? This Ancient Herb Could Help.
Published February 24 2021
Ashwagandha, also known as Withania somnifera, is often referred in popular literature as “Indian ginseng,” but its medicinal properties go much farther than ginseng’s. As one of the most revered herbs in the traditional Ayurvedic system of medicine in India, it has been known and cultivated for 6000 years and used for millennia for a variety of conditions.
It is also known in India as Rasayana, a substance “that promotes a youthful state of physical and mental health and expands happiness,” and as such is considered a rejuvenator, revitalizer, vitalizer and/or tonic.
But modern medicine is all about verification. Ashwagandha has only recently been studied in well-controlled research to validate its effects – and the outcomes of those studies have only backed up ancient wisdom on the subject.
Sensoril®, a special proprietary type of Ashwagandha, has been clinically shown to significantly reduce fatigue and improve stress related symptoms such as anxiety and sleeplessness – all without stimulants. (See footnotes below for specifics results and information on studies.)
In a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled study which was published by the Journal of the American Nutraceutical Association, a standardized Withania somnifera extract showed to significantly reduce stress-related parameters in chronically stressed humans. In individuals under constant stress, 125 mg daily in just 60 days was shown to reduce fatigue by 53%, anxiety by 40%, forgetfulness by 48%, sleeplessness 71%, depression by 62%, feeling of impending doom 75% and irritability by 71%. All of the above benefits were compared to the placebo group and are statistically significant.
Individuals who have consumed 250 mg daily have shown even better results in just 60 days. Fatigue was reduced by 79%, anxiety by 62%, forgetfulness by 57%, sleeplessness 74%, depression by 67%, feeling of impending doom 75% and irritability by 91%.
Accurate supplementations of Ashwagandha are also shown to reduce the stress hormone cortisol by 15%.
Additionally, Ashwagandha increases core energy, or your body’s inner energy. It is the energy you have without stimulants such as caffeine. Adaptogens, such as Sensoril®, increase core energy since they help fight against stressors that can take away your core energy and that can lead to both physical and mental exhaustion. When we adapt well to stress, we perform and feel better despite the same level of stress we are under. Adaptogens, like Sensoril, help us do just that.
One of the ways adaptogens, such as Sensoril®, help us adapt to stress is by helping to normalize what is known as the HPA axis which stands for the Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Adrenal axis, which is responsible for a regulating a significant amount of neurotransmitters and hormones in the body, including stress hormones.
Another mechanism by which Sensoril® works is by having a GABA-mimetic effect. GABA, also known as gamma-aminobutyric acid, is one of the primary neuroinhibitors in the brain and sufficient levels are associated with relaxed alertness, while deficiencies can lead to increased anxiety.
Additionally, Ashwagandha also helps to normalize the excitation of the brain via normalizing the levels of a receptor known as NMDA (N-Methyl – D-Aspartate), which is the same receptor that the drug, ecstasy, stimulates excessively. Interestingly, when the levels of this receptor are low, Ashwagandha has been shown to stimulate such levels, but when in excess, reduces them; thereby, providing protection of too little and too much excitation of the brain. In other words, helping to normalize such levels and activity in the brain, which in turn helps to normalize energy levels as well.
These benefits have been known in India for thousands of years and now have been validated by science in the US. So when you next feel stressed and yoga isn’t cutting it, consider that a natural Ashwagandha-based supplement might be a better option.
- Singh N,Bhalla M, de Jager P, Gilca M. An overview of Ashwaganhda: a Rasayana (rejuvenator) of Ayurveda. African Journal of Traditional Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011;8:208-13.
- 2.AuddyB et al. A standardized Withania somnifera extract significantly reduces stress-related parameters in chronically stressed humans: a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled study. Journal of the American Nutraceutical Association 2008;11:50-6.
Learn more about Ashwagandha, the active ingredient in Nirvanagaba, on our Nirvanagaba page. Or try it yourself and see: