Humble Herbs: Ashwagandha

Dharana Wellness Retreat near Mumbai & Pune, India

An ancient Ayurvedic herb with tremendous medicinal values, Ashwagandha, is a plant that is grown in India, parts of Africa and the Middle East. Also known as winter cherry, in its truest form, helps manage stress, and possesses many benefits for the body and brain – it boosts brain function, lowers cortisol levels (the stress hormone) helping fight symptoms of anxiety and depression and lowers blood sugar.


How is Ashwagandha consumed? 

Commonly taken in powdered form, it is also available in capsules and supplements.


Benefits of Ashwagandha 

  • Reduces stress: Cortisol is a stress hormone that is released from our adrenal glands, enabling negative feelings resulting in anxiety, depressive thoughts and stress. Research indicates that consumption of Ashwagandha has beneficial effects for reducing cortisol levels. 
  • Lowers blood sugar levels: Elevated Cortisol levels can increase blood sugar levels, thereby lending itself to control Type 2 Diabetes 
  • Increases muscle strength
  • Suppresses feelings of anxiety and depression
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Lowers cholesterol levels
  • Boost memory function


Dharana Wellness Centre, a wellness retreat near Mumbai, focuses on holistic health which includes physical, mental and spiritual balance. One of the key ideologies of this eco wellness retreat lies in the holistic approach. As an Ayurvedic healing center in India, Dharana combines the use of an integrative, modern approach for holistic health with Modern diagnostics with traditional practices like Yoga and Ayurveda to ensure a sustainable wellness journey.