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Ashwagandha is powerful ayurvedic medicinal herb. It provides much health benefits. But recently, there has been a myth about this potent ayurvedic medicinal herb. There has been trend about this, that ashwagandha kills emotions.
Is it real?
Does ashwagandha kill emotions?
And if it does, how long does it take for ashwagandha to kill emotions?
Anyway, at the end of this blog, you will get all of this answers.
How does ashwagandha kill emotions ?
Though i know the exact what do you mean by “does ashwagandha kill emotions“, I would say this is wrong choice to choose the words for your question. Because this sentence is exaggerated in itself. It gives negative sense of potential of this drug to manage emotional disturbance.
I mean if I want to answer this directly, taking into consideration the literal meaning of this sentence, I would not be able to answer. Because the question does ashwagandha kill emotions really lacks a scientific backing and evidence.
But if I want to interpret this question of yours and answer it correctly, I will link this question with the intent you have. I mean this drug does kill your emotions, but not in literal sense.
‘Killing emotions’ is definitely an extreme and wrong claim of potential of this drug.
Now you would say what’s the correct way then.
Well, ashwagandha does kill your emotions, but in positive, neat and balanced way. Ashwagandha helps to reduce your extreme emotions. In the sense it gives you relief by numbing unwanted emotions and feelings.
Let’s explore this in more detail and scientific way.
Ashwagandha reduces stress and anxiety
Not necessary killing your stress emotions, ashwagandha does reduces stress. Much research shows potential use of ashwagandha to manage stress and anxiety, but there is very little and no promising studies which shows ashwagandhas impact on entire emotional suppression.
Many clinical trials and studies suggest that ashwagandha and its extracts help reduces stress and anxiety. This study was performed on 491 Indian individuals, who were diagnosed with stress and anxiety. Those individuals were instructed to take various ashwagandha extracts for 6 to 8 weeks. Overall, this study found that ashwagandha significantly reduces stress and anxiety.
Another study published in national library of medicine suggested that ashwagandha root extract to be beneficial in managing stress and anxiety. It provides and best alternative for supplement in reducing stress and anxiety.
Stating all these benefits of ashwagandha, you also must take into consideration these two thoughts.
- Ashwagandha doesn’t eliminate emotions, but it helps regulate them to manageable levels.
- Suppressing or killing any emotions for long duration can lead to emotional detachment and another emotional challenges.
Off course, ashwagandha is best herbal medicine too tackle with your stress and anxiety. But it is not surely a magic bullet which aims at entirely killing your emotions. It only does emotion regulation.
Does ashwagandha make you emotionless ?
Apart from stress and anxiety, ashwagandha also deals with your negative emotions such as sadness, anger, fear and frustration. In fact, you did not need to be emotionless regarding this feeling to get rid of these feelings. Blocking or reducing this feeling at manageable level gets you relief from these negative emotions.
Ashwagandha manages frustration or irritability
Frustration or irritability is a negative emotion. Who wants it. That is the feeling when we don’t know what to do, can’t think clearly or could not take any decision.
Lack of enough sleep is one of the main causes for irritability. Irritability has been highly linked with sleep deprivation. Ashwagandha reduces the frustration or irritability by inducing sleep.
A review study suggest that Ashwagandha extract is highly effective in inducing sleep.
Another study in which individuals were instructed to take 600 mg of ashwagandha root per day for 12 weeks. The conclusion of study shows significantly increase in sleep quality of individuals who completed the trial.
The mechanism behind this is still under studies. But there are some potential ways through which ashwagandha may do so.
- GABA receptor: Studies suggest that ashwagandha may interact with GABA receptors in the brain. GABA is gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA). This component promotes calmness and relaxation. Ashwagandha modulates this GABA receptor, which induces sleep and calmness.
- Reduces anxiety: Anxiety is leading cause for insomnia or inadequate sleep. Ashwagandha helps reducing anxiety and promote calmness and sleep.
- Lowers cortisol: Cortisol is a stress hormone. This hormone also disrupts the sleep cycle. Especially increased cortisol level at onset of sleep surely disturbs your sleep. Ashwagandha lowers this cortisol hormone which helps in promoting sleep and improving sleep quality.
- Serotonin level: It is another hormone which has its effect on mood and sleep. Some studies shows that ashwagandha help maintain the serotonin level.
All above factors help in inducing sleep and improving sleep quality. This improved sleep quality helps reduce the emotions of frustration and irritability.
Ashwagandha lowers Depression
Depression is a complex mental disorder. It affects every aspect of your mental well-being.
It is characterized by:
- Disinterest in almost most of the activities
Who would want this type of mental environment. Off course, no one would wish for it.
People may wish to numb this feeling or stop feeling this like emotions. But it has no cure entirely.
Fortunately, ashwagandha has been reported to deal with depression. Ashwagandha find its uses in many mental disorders including depression, schizophrenia, anxiety, as we have seen.
One of study published in ResearchGate suggest that ashwagandha shows promising results in depression along with schizophrenia. Unfortunately, they could not find the mechanism behind this.
Journal of experimental pharmacology published a study on sustained-release formulation of ashwagandha herb. Study found anti-neuroinflammatory potential of ashwagandha which believed to be helpful in depression and anxiety.
- Promotes calmness: Since ashwagandha interacts with GABA receptors, it promotes calmness in you. This calming environment helps you to cope with depression.
- Reduces inflammation: Depression is highly linked with the inflammation in body. Ashwagandha contains some anti-inflammatory compound, which helps in reducing inflammation.
- Improves sleep quality: As we seen earlier that ashwagandha promotes sleep, this effect of ashwagandha helps in reducing the symptoms of depression in those patients.
Above all benefits ensures lowering the symptoms of depression.
Ashwagandha lowers the anger
Being the adaptogenic drug, ashwagandha manages your negative emotions. Ashwagandha let you manage your emotions according to situations you face.
Ashwagandha has the ability to cope with many negative mental health issues including anger.
As we have seen earlier that how ashwagandha helps in reducing stress, anxiety, frustration and other emotional disturbances. This overall multi approach use of ashwagandha eventually also helps an anger management.
By addressing stress, anxiety and other negative extreme emotions, we could achieve our goal of anger management.
Let’s wrap up!
Individual experiences about ashwagandha are diverse. I mean there could be also other benefits than I mentioned here in this blog. But there is neither experiences nor research which shows that ashwagandha kills emotions. It does that but not in literal sense, not in the sense you are expecting.
Certainly, some preliminary studies point at some possible connection of ashwagandha about ‘killing’, but that is also no in the extreme and negative sense.
Negative emotions I mentioned above is harmful for any individual. Ashwagandha really does manage those feelings and emotions. These benefits of ashwagandha might be misinterpreted as ‘killing emotions’, but it actually a healthier shift.
Meanwhile, there is currently no scientific evidence to support the claim that ashwagandha kills emotions. But it surely does have potential effect in reducing negative feelings like stress, anxiety, depression, anger, as I have mentioned before.
So, consult with your healthcare professional before starting any new supplement or treatment.
If you have any additional insights or questions regarding this topic, please feel free to comment below. Thank you.
How quickly does ashwagandha lowers cortisol ?
Some studies suggest that it takes two to three months consistent use of ashwagandha to lower cortisol level.
What are the threats of ashwagandha ?
Ashwagandha rarely cause stomach upset and other GI problems. Otherwise ashwagandha is safe.
Is ashwagandha addictive ?
No, ashwagandha is not addictive.
Is ashwagandha ok to take daily ?
Yes, its ok to take ashwagandha daily for some short term period.
Can i take ashwagandha daily for years ?
You are asking about taking ashwagandha for such a long period. Generally, it is considered safe. But considering some studies about ashwagandha, I would recommend you consult your doctor before continuing ashwagandha for so long.
Article reviewed by- Dr. Sachin Ghogare
Owner of healthbuss.
Health expert, professional, consultant and medical practitioner.
Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery (BAMS).
Working as Community Health Officer.
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