Ashwagandha is an herb that is commonly used in Ayurvedic medicine, a traditional system of medicine that originated in India. It is classified as an “adaptogen,” which means it is believed to help the body cope with physical, chemical, and environmental stressors. It is believed to have a number of potential health benefits, including reducing stress and anxiety, improving brain function, reducing inflammation, and improving fertility and sexual function.
There is some evidence to suggest that ashwagandha, an herb commonly used in Ayurvedic medicine, may have immune-boosting properties and may be effective at improving the adaptive immune response.
The adaptive immune response is a specific type of immune response that occurs when the body is exposed to a new pathogen, such as a virus or bacteria. During the adaptive immune response, the body produces specialized immune cells called T cells and B cells, which recognize and attack the invading pathogen.
One study found that people who took ashwagandha supplements had increased levels of T cells and antibodies, indicating an improved adaptive immune response. Another study found that ashwagandha increased the production of T cells, which play a key role in the immune system’s ability to fight off infections.