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    Know Why You Should Drink Ashwagandha With Milk

    Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) and milk have been used together for centuries in Ayurveda. Ayurvedic practitioners believe that the combination of ashwagandha and milk can provide numerous health benefits, including improving sleep, reducing stress and anxiety, boosting immunity, and promoting overall wellness.1,2 

    It is an adaptogenic herb that is believed to help the body cope with stress and improve overall physical and mental health. Milk, on the other hand, is a nutrient-rich beverage that is known for its ability to provide strength and nourishment to the body.  

    Together, ashwagandha and milk create a powerful combination that can help support various aspects of health and wellness. In this blog, we will explore the benefits of ashwagandha and milk, as well as how to prepare and consume this potent elixir to promote optimal health. 

    According to Ayurveda, the traditional medical system of India, it’s best to take ashwagandha with milk. Why? 

    Before diving into the question, a little context! 
     
    In Ayurveda, an anupana is a way that herbal medicine is administered (usually referred to as an after drink which is taken after a meal or medicine for nourishment). It is a means that assists the action of the herb. It forms an integral part of Ayurvedic treatment or chikitsa. 

    The herb (oushadha) becomes more potent when given with a suitable vehicle by considering the stage and strength of the patient and the disease. In this context, milk acts as an anupana when taken along with ashwagandha. 

    In this article, we’ll cover all the reasons to take ashwagandha with milk and its benefits! Here’s a breakdown of the article: 

    • The Healing Properties of Milk
    • Therapeutic Use of Milk
    • What Is Ashwagandha?
    • Why Ashwagandha with Milk?
    • Research On Ashwagandha
    • The Medicinal Benefits of Ashwagandha
    • Traditional Ayurvedic Remedies
    • Ashwagandha Milk Recipe

    The healing properties of milk3 

    Milk is often celebrated as a comprehensive source of nutrition, with cow's milk standing out as one of the most frequently chosen options among the various varieties accessible.  

    According to the ancient Ayurvedic text, the Charaka Samhita, cow milk is beneficial to the mind and body. It is sweet (madhu), cool, soft, and pleasant in taste. 

    It has a cool potency and a sweet post-digestive effect (vipaka). Its overall characteristic effect is pleasing to the mind. 

    Ayurveda considers milk to be the 'after drink’ (anupana) for rejuvenating the body’s seven tissue systems. In Ayurveda, these are called dhatus. 

    Milk is especially good for the blood (rakta), bone (asthi), plasma (rasa), reproductive system, and rasa dhatu which includes the plasma, or the noncellular portion of the blood, the lymph, and interstitial fluids. Milk brings Vata and Pitta into equilibrium. 

    Ayurveda says that milk enhances the essence of all the tissues (ojas) as both of them possess similar properties. It’s also beneficial for the bodily tissues (dhatus). Milk is an ideal drink for the aged and for children. 

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    Ayurvedic uses of milk  

    According to Ayurveda, consumption of milk helps increase power, body mass, and appetite.4 Milk taken at night induces sound sleep.6 

    In Ayurveda, it is said that when taken during childhood, it increases appetite, prevents deprivation, and increases strength. In old age, milk is taken to increase semen (shukra dhatu).6 Milk can also ignite agni – the digestive fire. It increases aphrodisiac power and body mass. 

    The effect of milk taken between noon and evening is energetic and useful in renal disorders. Ashwagandha taken in a cup of hot milk twice a day may also help prevent brittle nails.6 

    What is ashwagandha? 

    Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) is also known as Indian ginseng or Indian winter cherry. The roots and leaves of ashwagandha are used in Ayurvedic medicine. It is considered to be both a tonic and a sedative herb due to its adaptogenic properties. 

    Ashwagandha is bitter and astringent in taste, has light and unctuous properties, is hot in potency, and has a sweet post-digestive effect. It reduces Kapha and Vata dosha (vatakaphahara). 

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     Ashwagandha is useful in sexual dysfunction and body rejuvenation

    Ayurvedic properties of ashwagandha7 

    According to the ancient classical medical texts of Ayurveda, ashwagandha has the following medicinal benefits. 

    • It can increase sexual desire, rejuvenate the body, and increase strength. It can be useful in treating emaciation under nutritive conditions.
    • It is useful in the management of white discoloration of the skin, and edema.
    • It pacifies Vata and Kapha dosha and acts as a rasayana (rejuvenative), balya (provider of strength), and promotes sexual wellness.
    • Ashwagandha can also have an anabolic-like effect on men and may improve the quality and quantity of semen.
    • Ashwagandha is useful in male sexual dysfunctions and loss of libido, female infertility, nodular swelling, and induces sleep.

    Why ashwagandha with milk in Ayurveda?8,3

    An important Ayurvedic principle implies that ashwagandha should be taken with milk. Ayurveda says that milk intensifies and complements the tonic and nutritive effects of ashwagandha. 

    Both ashwagandha and milk have similar properties. Both are considered rejuvenators (rasayanas). Both ashwagandha and milk nourish the ojas (life essence). Both bestow one with the energy to live. This is referred to as jivaniya. Their combined synergistic effect increases their potency.  

    Having such similar properties makes them the right combination when it comes to the health benefits. The combination may even pacify all three doshas. 

    Following this logic, ashwagandha is best taken with milk, and this is documented in the following references. 

    • Taking ashwagandha with milk can give better results in cases of emaciation and tuberculosis7.
    • Ashwagandha treated milk can be beneficial in gaining muscular strength in emaciation5. Ashwagandha helps with weight management7 especially when taken with milk.
    • The Ayurvedic scholar Sushruta indicated ashwagandha prepared with milk as a medicated enema (basti) in Vata disorders6 and anorectal bleeding.

      Research on ashwagandha 

      This herb has been studied as an adaptogenic, antioxidant, anxiolytic, antidepressant, and cardioprotective. 

      It is shown to have thyroid modulating, immunomodulating, antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, neuroprotective, cognitive enhancing, and hematopoietic effects9. 

      Gangliosides, one of the components found in milk, are also present in nerve tissues10. Due to the presence of these components in milk, it promotes the absorption of herbs more significantly than others do.  

      So, milk is the best vehicle for Ayurvedic herbs like ashwagandha.  

      Time-tested ashwagandha1,7 with milk remedies + traditional Ayurvedic remedies 

      Please note that milk, when taken warmly, is easily digestible and helps to destroy Kapha and Vata dosha. 

      If you wish to take ashwagandha with milk, consult your healthcare provider to ensure it’s right for you. For the best results, enjoy it warm, in milk that has been boiled. 

      ashwagandha with milk recipe at home for weight management and physical fitness

      For male6 and female infertility 

      Two grams of ashwagandha powder twice daily with a little rock candy and warm milk. 

      For physical weakness/fatigue6 

      Two grams of ashwagandha powder with 125 mg of trikatu powder. Drinking a cup of ashwagandha tea once or twice a day helps with fatigue. 

      Trikatu contains three pungent herbs: dried ginger (soonth), black pepper (marich), and long pepper (pippali). This combination is traditionally taken twice a day with milk. Ashwagandha can help with fatigue, its benefits are compounded when taken with milk. 

      Allergic rhinitis1 

      Equal quantity of turmeric, ginger, and ashwagandha powders are mixed well and is consumed twice daily with milk before food. 

      Insomnia1

      Mix 5gms of ashwagandha root powder in a cup of milk. You can add sugar if you like and drink before going to bed every day. 

      For osteoarthritis1 

      Two grams ashwagandha powder, kapikacchu and black sesame seeds in 5 gms warm milk. 

      For nutritional deficiency in children 

      Ashwagandha Milk Tea: To make a tea of ashwagandha powder and milk, take half a glass of water and half a glass of milk in a pan. 

      Add one gram of ashwagandha powder and bring to a boil. When it’s reduced to half, allow it to cool, add sugar and enjoy. 

      General restorative 

      Ashwagandha powder with milk can also be taken as a general tonic to restore vitality. Two grams with one cup of warm milk, twice daily. 

      NOTE: These are classical Ayurvedic remedies for health conditions. It’s best to consult a qualified Ayurvedic practitioner before trying any of these remedies.  

      Delicious and healthy ashwagandha with milk recipe 

      Recipe 1: 

      Ingredients 

      • 4 cups of milk
      • 10 grams of ashwagandha powder
      • 1 tsp sugar

      Method of preparation  

      • Add 4 cups of milk and 10 grams of ashwagandha powder to a pan.
      • Simmer the mixture until its appearance turns to a thick paste similar to condensed milk. Then remove it from the heat.
      • Let the mixture sit for 5 minutes. Add 1 tsp of sugar. Serve, and enjoy!

      Recipe 2: 

      Ingredients 

      • ½ tsp ashwagandha powder
      • ½ tsp turmeric powder
      • A pinch of nutmeg
      • A pinch of cinnamon
      • A cup of milk
      • Honey or maple syrup
         
        Method of Preparation 
      • Gently warm a cup of milk, avoid boiling.
      • Whisk in 1/2 tsp ashwagandha, 1/2 tsp turmeric, and a pinch of cinnamon and nutmeg.
      • Simmer for 5 minutes.
      • Pour into a cup and sweeten with honey when it is just luke 

      READ MORE: How Ashwagandha Can Help Treat PCOS? | Ayurvedic Benefits Of Ashwagandha For Your Skin And Body 

      Please consult a qualified Ayurvedic practitioner before using ashwagandha with milk or any other suggestions mentioned in the blog.  

      References

      1. https://www.esic.nic.in/attachments/publicationfile/7d11b02e5abb4717d53b4ce05efabd21.pdf
      2. Herbs and Spice and Everything Nice: 101 Home Remedies for Improving Your Mood with Herbs & Spices : Elyssa R. Clayton : Free Download, Borrow, and Streaming : Internet Archive
      3. Manisha M. Thakare & Deepak K. Dobade: Critical Review On Godugdha (Cow Milk) Health Benefits And Hazards (iamj.in) / http://www.iamj.in/posts/2021/images/upload/2844_2849_1.pdf
      4. https://www.ijsr.net/archive/v12i6/SR23612022801.pdf
      5. An Overview on Ashwagandha: A Rasayana (Rejuvenator) of Ayurveda - PMC (nih.gov)
      6. The Complete Book Of Ayurvedic Home Remedies : VASANT V. LAD : Free Download, Borrow, and Streaming : Internet Archive
      7. Withania somnifera (L.) Dunal (Ashwagandha): A comprehensive review on ethnopharmacology, pharmacotherapeutics, biomedicinal and toxicological aspects – ScienceDirect ; https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3252722/
      8. https://pdfroom.com/books/the-yoga-of-herbs-an-ayurvedic-guide-to-herbal-medicine/QpdMNrRQgaX
      9. 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 - PMC (nih.gov)
      10. Variation of the ganglioside compositions of human milk, cow's milk and infant formulas - PubMed (nih.gov)

        9 Responses

        The Ayurveda Experience
        The Ayurveda Experience

        November 24, 2023

        Hi @Darlene! Thanks for reaching out. Sure, you may use both oat and almond milk!

        Sonam
        Sonam

        November 23, 2023

        Thankful

        Darlene
        Darlene

        November 23, 2023

        I’m vegan so can I use almond or oat milk?

        The Ayurveda Experience
        The Ayurveda Experience

        June 23, 2021

        1- 3 gms at night preferably.

        Preety khekhaliya
        Preety khekhaliya

        June 09, 2021

        Can I take ashwagqndha powder with camel milk powder in Luke warm water together

        Pankaj
        Pankaj

        June 23, 2021

        Pls suggest quantity of Ashwagandha powder to be taken with milk and preferable time to take …

        The Ayurveda Experience
        The Ayurveda Experience

        July 28, 2020

        Yes, both can be taken together. In fact, classical formulations like Ashgandhadi Churna has both these ingredients. But, as every herb has to be taken as per the dosha and considering various other factors, please check with your ayurvedic practitioner before taking them.

        Beat Regards,
        Team TAE

        Sonia
        Sonia

        June 23, 2021

        Can I take ashwagandha& shatavar together .is it good for women

        Hitesh  Narvarlal Jadav
        Hitesh Narvarlal Jadav

        April 13, 2020

        can i take ashwagandha powder and shunthi churan togather with warm milk, kindly suggest

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