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Ashwagandha and Menopause: Benefits and Uses

Ashwagandha is an ancient medicinal herb that has been rediscovered in modern times for its ability to nourish the mind and body. Considered an adaptogenic herb, it adapts to your body's chemistry, creating a sense of balance from the inside out. Scientifically referred to as withania somnifera, it is known to soothe stress, generate long restful nights of sleep, and boost brain power. According to Ayurvedic medicine, it is one of the best herbs nature has to offer.

What Is Ashwagandha?

This ancient medicinal herb is full of benefits for the body and the brain. It can boost brain function, lower blood sugar and cortisol levels plus ease symptoms of anxiety and depression. It also bolsters the immune system, a lovely plus in this era of COVID-19. Translation: This herb is a holy grail for sensitive souls navigating the menopausal transition. Lowered cortisol levels and soothed brain function can lead to less mood swings, hot flashes, and night sweats. Read on to understand how ashwagandha can soothe menopausal symptoms. 

The History of Ashwagandha Usage

When we say this herb is ancient, we aren't lying. It has been used for over 3,000 years, originating in ayurveda medicine. While there are clinical trials touting the herbs efficacy, the fact that this herb has been used for centuries speaks volumes enough. The plant is a small shrub commonly found in India and North Africa. The forms of this herb we consume in modern day are derived from either the root or the leaves. This adaptogen has minimal side effects, most of which are triggered by large doses of the herb. However, it is worth noting that overdoing it with ashwagandha can lead to stomach upset, diarrhea, and vomiting. Rarely, but again, worth noting, liver problems can arise. Just because this is an ancient medicinal treat doesn't mean it is right for everyone -- chat about any questions you may have with your women's health expert.

How Can Ashwagandha Help With Menopause?

This holy grail herb is especially suited to support menopausal women, thanks to its strong anti-inflammatory properties. We suggest starting your ashwagandha usage at the first sight of your perimenopausal journey. In perimenopause is when we see the first peeks of menopause symptoms like irregular periods, hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, and brain fog. Ashwagandha can help soothe and decrease the overproduction of stress hormones like cortisol. Our Core Dietary Supplement is the perfect place to start. This menopause dietary supplement is regarded as an all-in-one formula, meaning it tackles the most common aforementioned menopause symptoms.

Our formula blends super-antioxidant Pycnogenol® with Ashwagandha to promote hormone balance, ease sleep problems, calm the nervous system, and even tackle vaginal dryness. Through promotion circulation, hormones are gently eased into balance while blood pressure can even remain more stable. Since this natural remedy supports skin texture, it lends to a sense of well-being for all of your skin -- yes, even your most sensitive places down there. And, since it minimizes some of those major physical stressors associated with the menopausal transition, the health benefits are endless. When you're well-rested and aren't in the throes of physical dysfunction, it is easier to avoid weight gain and heart disease. 

What Else Can Ashwagandha Be Used For?

Expect this herb to work wonders for your overall sense of wellness. Some have even found success using ashwagandha for thyroid issues (others have also found great stress while doing this, so make sure to chat with your doctor first). Mental health woes can be softened as this herb is known in holistic mental wellness circles for calming anxiety and warding off brain chemical dips that lead to depression. It isn’t only reserved for women -- it can also boost testosterone in men!

Turn To Kindra For Your Menopause Needs

Bottom line: You don’t have to go it alone. There are always options for support and we’re here every step of the way. Our line of peri/menopause products were designed for women, by women. Working with a team of scientists and wellness experts, we created each of our formulas to provide a sense of peace and calm as you ease into this next era. Beyond our formulations is the community we strive to cultivate. Simply put, this transition can feel lonely. We created a Facebook group for women just like you to explore, discuss, and connect. Join us!

Feeling like you could use some extra education on all that is happening in your body? We get it. Our digital journal is a safe space to learn about all that happens between perimenopause and postmenopause. Take a peek for yourself here. 

 

Sources:

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/12-proven-ashwagandha-benefits#2

https://lumennaturals.com/blogs/healthy-living/3-reasons-women-should-consider-taking-ashwagandha#:~:text=A%202012%20study%20found%20that,side%20effects%20in%20the%20participants.