Ashwagandham: The Wonder Supplement

Ashwagandham: The Wonder Supplement

Women often undergo serious mood swings, mostly due to fluctuation in hormones – not to mention the stress related to never-ending responsibilities at home and (or) at work.

Many a time, the impact is more mental than physical. And women with PCOS are at a greater risk when it comes to mental health disorders – from mood swings to anxiety and severe depression.

How do I help myself?

·      Exercise regularly

·      Eat correctly

·      Deep breathe

·      Spend time with positive people

While these are things that should be part of everyone’s lifestyle, I want to talk specifically about a supremely beneficial (and underrated) herb that one should try taking on and off.

About 20 years back, my mother in law introduced me to Ashwagandham from Kottakal Arya Vaidya Sala – in the form of a tonic called Ashwanandharishta. I took it for 3 months, and I recall, it felt much lighter mentally, emotionally and physically.

A little about Ashwagandham

The sacred herb, also known as the Indian Ginseng has been used in Ayurvedic concoctions for more than 5000 years to treat a lot of issues – from anxiety, nervousness, stress, fatigue, poor sleep, headaches to low immunity, poor memory, and even joint pains.

Like all other health supplements, I don’t take too many for too long. You can take Ashwagandham anytime in the day. For energy/alertness, take it in the morning and for sleep disorders, take it at night. Also, I love trying out different brands. Here are some that worked well


Currently taking this one… Its owner who is also a very dear friend of mine got it especially prepared for me by their senior Vaid (doctor). I take 2 capsules before breakfast. You can have it with water or add the capsule powder to your smoothies, milk and shakes.


The powder is very similar to that Baidyanath Ashwagandham – with a subtle bittersweet taste. Add a teaspoon to your smoothies, cereals, shakes and warm milk.


The pharmacist in Harrods Pharmacy (London) introduced this one to me last year, when I was suffering from fatigue and serious mood swings due to constant travel. It was quite effective, and now, I give this to my husband and boys (24 and 20) too. It is an organic, food-grown mineral formula that has all the amazing benefits of ashwagandham. KSM -66 is the highest concentration extract of ashwagandham that is available in the market today.

PLEASE NOTE: It’s always good to consult a GP before taking non-prescription herbs and supplements. Pregnant women and those with serious health conditions should be careful, rather avoid using certain herbs and supplements.