Imagine being in rural India 3000 years ago, feeling anxiety, and prescription drugs a completely unknown concept. For many ancient Indians in this situation, the answer was Ayurvedic medicine and ashwagandha in particular. This herbal anxiety reducer has seen continued usage in India until the present and modern science is vindicating our ancestors’ claims.
Traditional Ayurvedic medicine noted many benefits of ashwagandha and modern science has shown anxiety-reduction, improved neuroprotection, and even anti-cancer protection as well. There is some evidence that it can also help to improve focus and concentration, but the primary use of ashwagandha is for anxiety-reducing properties.
Typically the root extract is the psychoactive part of the plant, which confers mental health benefits. Ashwagandha is an adaptogen and is one of the most popular herbs still used in Indian medicine today.