Stress is ubiquitous in our lives. Long-term stress can have many negative consequences for health – physical, mental and emotional. Ashwagandha and Rhodiola are herbs that are used to deal with stress and to solve other health ailments.
Although they have some similarities, each herb has its own unique properties. As with all herbs, it is important to consult a qualified healthcare professional to determine if they are suitable and safe for us. This is especially important for people who take medication for chronic illness.
What is Ashwagandha?
Ashwagandha, also known by the Latin name Withania somnifera and the English name, winter cherry, is a plant of the nightshade family, which comes from the drier tropical regions of southwest Asia, northern Africa and the Mediterranean. Ashwagandha has been used for over 3,000 years in Ayurveda – the traditional medicine system of India.
When should you use ashwagandha?
Dedication when we want to increase energy levels, memory quality and endurance, as well as to relieve stress, weakness, insomnia, arthritis, asthma, reduced immunity, sexual problems and infertility. Ashwagandha contains active compounds that are responsible for its therapeutic activity, especially concerning inflammation, immunity, memory and stress.
If you are taking permanent medications (e.g. antidepressants, thyroid hormones), sedation medications, you should consult your doctor.
Rhodiola Rosea also called the golden root and arctic root grows in the arctic and mountainous regions of Europe and Asia. He is a member of the Crassulaceae family. Rhodiola is popular in traditional medicine systems in Eastern Europe and Asia.
When is Rhodiola worth using?
Rhodiola is used to rejuvenate the nervous system, improve work results, reduce fatigue, reduce stress, reduce depression and increase fertility.
Similarities and differences
For both ashwagandha and Rhodiola, it is the root that is used to make medicines. Both herbs are used by herbalists in the fight against stress and fatigue, support the nervous system, increase endurance and solve the problem of infertility. As part of scientific research, Ashwagandha’s strongest therapeutic ability is to reduce pain and swelling in arthritis and to support the function of the immune system.
Rhodiola’s scientifically distinctive functions increase the body’s resistance to stress, increase physical endurance, reduce fatigue and anxiety. In addition to the main medicinal uses, ashwagandha and Rhodiola have unique therapeutic nuances – professional herbalists know such subtleties and can advise which herb is right for you.
Herbal practitioners usually don’t experience the side effects of ashwagandha or Rhodiola; however, because all herbs can exert a strong influence on the body and may interact with medications, they should be used under the guidance of a qualified specialist. Ashwagandha should also be avoided during pregnancy.