Ashwagandha – Withania somniferais a versatile Ayurvedic herb. It is used to help cure a wide variety of diseases such as depression, leukoderma, inflammation, sexual disorders, hypothyroidism, etc. To extract maximum benefits and to target specific diseases, Ashwagandha is administered along with different liquids.
The choice of the liquid largely depends on the disease. Since it is a versatile herb, the choices for a co-drink are plenty. Ashwagandha can be combined with a variety of herbal teas, fruit juices, decoctions, etc.
Milk, water, sugarcane juice, yogurt, honey, and ghee are a few co-drinks consumed along with Ashwagandha.
Ashwagandha is administered along with ghee, in cases of low body weight, anxiety, depression, and weak digestion. In patients suffering with high stomach sensitivity, ghee is ideal because, ghee helps to reduce the burning sensation and bloating in stomach.
If you are taking Ashwagandha tablet or capsule, then you are advised to swallow a teaspoon of ghee along with half a cup of lukewarm water. The ghee and the water is administered after the tablet / capsule is administered.
If Ashwagandha powder is to be administered, then Ashwagandha powder is mixed with ghee, made into a paste and then, it is advised for swallowing along with a cup of lukewarm water.
Ashwagandha is advised along with sesame oil in cases of Vata Dosha aggravated neurological disorders such as paralysis, muscle wasting, trigeminal neuralgia and neuropathy.
A teaspoon of Ashwagandha powder is made into a paste by mixing it with 1 teaspoon of sesame oil. It is swallowed with a cup of lukewarm water. Usually this remedy is administered after food.
If you are taking Ashwagandha tablet or capsule, then swallowing a teaspoon of sesame oil is advised along with half a cup of lukewarm water.
In both the above examples, notice that lukewarm water is administered along with ghee or oil. This is to help with easy digestion. As per Ayurveda, ghee or oil should not be administered along with cold water as it may weaken the digestion strength.
Honey naturally carries hot qualities, just like Ashwagandha. This combination is advised in the case of high Kapha disorders such as hypothyroidism, obesity, water retention in the body etc.
Mix ashwagandha powder with honey, make a paste and swallow it with a cup of cold water. Always remember to use cold water while using honey.
Ashwagandha with cow milk is suitable for people with high Pitta. Because Ashwagandha is hot in nature, it can increase Pitta Dosha. The hotness of Ashwagandha can be countered by the coldness of cow milk. Even in children, milk is a suitable co-drink for Ashwagandha.
Ashwagandha powder can be administered along with cow milk or Ashwagandha powder is boiled with water and cow milk to prepare an herbal milk remedy, called Ashwagandha Ksheerapaka.
Here, 1 teaspoon of Ashwagandha is mixed with quarter a cup of milk and 2 cups of water. It is boiled till quarter a cup of milk remains. It is filtered and administered to children to improve immunity and muscle strength.
The yogurt should not be very sour. If it is very sour, it can increase Pitta – heat in the body. Keep in mind that Ashwagandha is also slightly heat producing. Hence, take this precaution.
Many modern anti-diabetic herbal teas such as green tea, turmeric tea, hibiscus tea, cinnamon tea, lemon balm tea, chamomile tea and black tea can also be administered along with Ashwagandha.
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