Saturday, 3 August 2019

Herbal Ashwagandha Effects on Chronic Sress Induced Anxiety

By Kyle J. Norton

Chronic stress is the response to emotional pressure in demanding situations over a period of time, leading to the release of hormone cortisol and adrenaline.

Most common factors associated with stress incidence include psychological pressures, such as work deadlines, and exams, high-pressure jobs, and financial difficulties.

Overtime unresolved chronic stress can cause a wide range of symptoms and increase the risk of developing certain illnesses, including anxiety.

Anxiety disorder is a class of medical conditions associated with chronic worries and fear, leading to symptoms of the fast heart rate and shakiness.

Most people with anxiety may experience the feeling of nervousness in responding to events such as a problem at work, before taking a test, or before making an important decision.

According to the statistics, anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in Canada and approximately 1 in every 8 Canadians is affected by the illness. In other words, over 250,000 people in Canada suffer from anxiety.

Most common prevalent factors that induce the risk of the condition are, family history, gender (women are more likely diagnosed with the condition compared to men), chronic stress, people with traumatic life experiences and the use of substances are some prevalent risk factors of anxiety.

However, some researchers suggested a moderate physical activity, mind-body practices of breathing exercises, yoga, and meditation has been found to reduce stress, a strong positive impact against anxiety.

The Anxiety and Depression Association of America wrote, "Whether, in good times or bad, most people say that stress interferes at least moderately with their lives. Chronic stress can affect your health, causing symptoms from headaches, high blood pressure, and chest pain to heart palpitations, skin rashes, and loss of sleep".

"Physical activity is a proven way to reduce stress. Regular participation in aerobic exercise has been shown to decrease overall levels of tension, elevate and stabilize mood, and improve sleep and self-esteem. Other effective methods include mind-body practices of breathing exercises, yoga, and meditation".

Ashwagandha also is known as Withania somnifera is a nightshade plant in the genus of Withania, belongings to the family Solanaceae, native to the dry parts of India, North Africa, Middle East, and the Mediterranean.

The herbal medicine has been considered as Indian ginseng and used in Ayurvedic medicine over 3000 years to treat tumors and tubercular glands, carbuncles, memory loss, and ulcers and considered as anti-stress, cognition-facilitating, anti-inflammatory, and anti-aging herbal medicine.

On finding a potent compound for the treatment of anxiety, researchers examined the safety and efficacy of a high-concentration full-spectrum extract of Ashwagandha roots in reducing stress and anxiety.

The single-center, prospective, double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trial included a total of 64 patients with a history of chronic stress received either each capsule contained 300 mg of high-concentration full-spectrum extract from the root of the Ashwagandha plant on Day 15, Day 30 and Day 45 or placebo, was conducted by the Department of Neuropsychiatry and Geriatric Psychiatry, Asha Hospital,

According to the performing relevant clinical examinations and laboratory tests, compared to the baseline, the extracts treatment group showed a exhibited a significant reduction in scores on all the stress-assessment scales on Day 60.

Compared to the placebo group, anxiety associated with the serum cortisol levels were decreased substantially in the Ashwagandha group.

There are only mild and tolerate adverse effect comparable in both the groups. In other words, Ashwagandha showed no serious side effects during the experiment.

Collectively, herbal Ashwagandha and its extract enhanced the hormone expression associated with stress in the initiation of anxiety.

Dr. Chandrasekhar K, the lead scientist said, " 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".

Taken altogether, Ashwagandha may be considered a functional herb for the prevention and treatment of chronic stress and anxiety with no side effects, pending to the results of the larger sample size and multicenter study

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Kyle J. Norton (Scholar, Master of Nutrition, All right reserved)

Health article writer and researcher; Over 10.000 articles and research papers have been written and published online, including worldwide health, ezine articles, article base, health blogs, self-growth, best before it's news, the karate GB daily, etc.,.
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Some articles have been used as references in medical research, such as international journal Pharma and Bioscience, ISSN 0975-6299.

(1) Body Weight Management in Adults Under Chronic Stress Through Treatment With Ashwagandha Root Extract: A Double-Blind, Randomized, Placebo-Controlled Trial by Choudhary D1, Bhattacharyya S2, Joshi K. (PubMed)
(2) 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 by Chandrasekhar K1, Kapoor J, Anishetty S. (PubMed)
(3) Understand the Facts, Stress by The Anxiety and Depression Association of America 

1 comment:

  1. Great post. Thanks. One of the way to reduce stress is herbal stress relief medicine. It is easiest way for stress relief. Ashwagandha herb will calm your mind and you feel relaxed.