For a long time, my life was shaped by the effects of severe insomnia, chronic stress and terrible social anxiety.
Having Lyme Disease made these things worse, and my emotional wellbeing really took a hit, when my old life was swept out from under me.
Back then, I would constantly stress about the impact that my illness was having on my health, my loved ones, and my life.
It was during this time that I first became interested in herbal medicine, and I not only stumbled upon the Buhner protocol (the herbal regime which eventually sent my Lyme into remission), I also discovered Ashwagandha.
Ashwagandha root is a powerful adaptogen, which has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for over 2000 years to calm the nerves and bring the body back into balance.
This powerful, natural substance helps the body to deal with stress by lowering the blood pressure and the heart rate, and by decreasing inflammation.
Ashwagandha also contains sedative alkaloids, which makes it helpful for treating anxiety, insomnia and restless sleep.
The first time I took Ashwagandha, I didn’t expect much to happen, but, before I knew it, a wave of calmness washed over me, my heart stopped pounding, and for the first time in ages I felt comforted, peaceful and safe.
Since then, I’ve used Ashwagandha root regularly to help me to cope with my social anxiety, and deal with stressful situations.
As well as treating stress and anxiety-related issues, Ashwagandha is also used to treat adrenal fatigue and hypothyroidism.
Traditionally, it’s also taken as a tonic, to strengthen the immune system and improve energy levels (especially when recovering from illness).
Those who are pregnant or breastfeeding should not use Ashwagandha, and it should also be avoided by anyone with hyperthyroidism, nightshade allergies, severe kidney or liver disease, and those taking barbiturates or other sedatives.
Dose: 250mg capsules may be taken 2-3 times a day, or as instructed by your herbalist.