Ashwagandha also known as Withania somnifera, Winter cherry, or Indian Ginseng. Ashwagandha, one of the most valuable herbs in the Ayurvedic medical system dating back more than 3,000 years. As because of its vast area of application, ayurvedic physicians have used it extensively in curing people from their ailments. Due to its properties it has gained lots of respect in the eyes of herbal healers.
Ashwagandha, improves the body-ability to maintain physical effort and helps the body adapt to various types of stress. Ashwagandha is a rejuvenative that helps maintain proper nourishment of the tissues, particularly muscle and bone, while supporting the proper function of the adrenals and reproductive system. It derives its named "ashwagandha" because of two reasons. First reason is that its root smells like horse and the other reason is that it vitalizes body to provide strength just like a horse possess. Ashwagandha is found in India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Africa. The medicinal part of this herb is the root, and the shoots and seeds are used as food and to thicken milk.
Plant Description: The Ashwagandha plant is a small evergreen shrub that bears bright red fruits and small greenish flowers. It belongs to the Solanaceae family and can grow to a height of two feet. It mainly grows in Africa, the Middle East and India. This grows in the temperate climates. The stems are around 3 to 4 feet in height. One plant survives for up to 4 to 5 years. The leaves are bowl shaped, small and without thorns. It remains green for 12 months near big trees and ponds. Its stem contains fiber like texture. The leaves are oval shaped, 2 to 4 inches long and contain fiber. The flowers are blooming at the base of the stems are small, somewhat long with chimney shape and yellowish green in color. The flowers bloom from the base of the leaves and become red when wipe. The seeds are small, heart shaped, smooth and flat. The roots are rough, white from within, strong, transparent, thick and one to one and half feet long. Crushing the fresh leaves and raw roots gives urine like smell and hence named Ashwagandha, Ashwa means ' horse' and gandha means 'smell'. The seeds are sown in rainy season and harvested in the spring season.
Chemical Composition: The roots excrete Cuseihygrine, Anahygrine, Tropine and 13 different kinds of acid. The acids include Vithenyle oil, which evaporates, Hentiroctane, Phitosteryl are obtained. It also contains a chemical called Bidaphyrine A. Other than these Glycocide, Vithenyle, acidic starch, contain Vethinine and someniphyrine alkaline and nicotine somanani vetheninine alkaline.
Uses Of Ashwagandha
A unique Herb with ANTI-STRESS adoptogenic function which helps in Helps in promoting calmness and mental satisfaction in mind.
Improves mental ability, helps in gaining retaining power and improves mental concentration, providing nourishment to the brain for its better function and greater ability to work.
White Discharge and Infertility.
Ashwagandha for Impotency, Increasing Stamina and Sperm Count
Ashwagandha for hypertension with excellent results.
A Rejuvenative herb for Old Age.
Ashwagandha for Reduction in Breast Milk.
Ashwagandha for Heart Pain, excellent supplement that helps in providing strength to heart muscle and leps heart working normal.
Ashwagandha for treating urinary tract infections (UTI).