Many who practice and use Ayurvedic systems of medicine don’t care about scientific studies. For them, the ancient healing methods have enough anecdotal evidence through the ages as to its efficacy. Ayurveda is an Indian Sanskrit word meaning, “the knowledge for long life,” and the practice of Ayurvedic medicine goes back to perhaps 2,000 years BC. and has an ancient tradition among Hindus.
Perhaps at a later date, we’ll delve more deeply into Ayurvedic medicine, which consists of both medicines and surgeries and is based on the physics of the “five elements.” These five elements are: earth, water, fire, air and space.
One of the most revered herbs in Ayurvedic medicine has been traditionally called Ashwagandha, and known by science as Withania somnifera. In Ayurvedic healing, this herb is given as a tonic to increase strength and their immune system, among other things. It has been said to help with insomnia, sexual problems, and anxiety.
We were excited to discover that this month, September 2012, two separate scientific studies were published, one in PLOS ONE, and the other in the Breast Cancer Research and Treatment journal. Both studies looked at withaferin and withanone, key ingredients in Ashwagandha.
You can read more about Ashwagandha in our article here.
It is exciting to see science meet traditional and alternative medicine!