By: Kennedy Shelley
Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is tough to define, but we all know that we occasionally feel anxious.
When we have a job interview, give a presentation, go out in public, there is some small (or large) amount of stress related to the event.
But a surprisingly large number of people feel some level of anxiety all the time, and many times without a specific reason, and this is what GAD is.
It afflicts nearly 3% of the US population or roughly 6.8 million people.
Very often these general feelings of anxiety can suck the joy out of life, and in some cases cause people to withdraw from daily activities.
There is a tendency to want to prescribe powerful tranquilizers known as benzos like Valium to people suffering from GAD, but these have a high possibility of addiction and the withdrawal can be severe.
So, are there alternative therapies to using benzos to control GAD?
There has been an herb used in India for thousands of years that has been proven to reduce anxiety and additionally has many other benefits for your health… ashwagandha.
The root of this shrub has been used as medicine in India for generations but has recently picked up popularity in the US.
It was judged safe and safer than SSRIs for patient health.
Ashwagandha seems to help the body better adapt to stress by reducing cortisol levels.
Reducing cortisol has the effect of getting rid of belly fat, reducing the odds of getting type 2 diabetes.
If this is true, then ashwagandha can help with a myriad of health conditions that plague the western world.
Ending chronic stress would allow our bodies to better handle inflammation which wreaks havoc in all of our vital systems.
If it does in fact reduce stress, then that would lead to anti-inflammatory uses for such conditions as arthritis.
Reducing overall stress and anxiety should help with people having trouble sleeping.
The biggest side effect seems to be stomach upset in some patients.
Another reason this herb may be so powerful is that it naturally contains withanolides, which are about 300 naturally occurring steroids that seem to help in the treatment of many chronic diseases.
And it might be helpful in a person fighting against cancer or might help to prevent it.
Many men are getting interested in the herb because when it reduces cortisol, which reduces belly fat, it also could naturally increase testosterone which is going to be a positive in increasing fertility and sexual health.
If you can boost your testosterone levels naturally, men’s overall health improves dramatically.
So, when you look at the possible benefits from this ancient herb, with minimal side effects, it is worth investigating further.
Reduced stress, a smaller stomach, and more testosterone with very few possible side effects are all good reasons to look into this powerful healing herb.