Ashwagandha – Uses and Benefits

Alternative Names:

Withania somnifera, Winter cherry , Ajagandha , Kanaje Hindi and Samm Al Ferakh.

Herb Description

Ashwagandha ( Withania somnifera ), is a shrub cultivated in India, Pakistan , and Sri Lanka & it roots have been used for thousands of years by Ayurvedic practitioners ,also known as Indian ginseng . Ashwagandha belongs to Solanaceae or nightshade family.

Ashwagandha, a traditional Indian (Ayurvedic) medical herb thought of as “Indian ginseng.” used for stress, arthritis, and many other conditions .It matures as a stout shrub that grows a height of 170 cm.

Ashwagandha have red fruit & yellow blossoms , though its fruit is berry -like in shape & size.All the common parts of this plant such as berries, fruits & roots have been used traditionally.

Ashwagandha is promoted for numerous uses. It is used to heighten immune systems and as a rejuvenator, aphrodisiac, and tonic for general health.

It is marketed as a remedy for numerous compelx disease such as cancers, multiple sclerosis and AIDS. It is often employed as a hypnotic & antiarthritic for self-therapy. Historically ashwagandha root has also been reported to have sex-enhancing actions.

Uses and Benefits

In traditional Asian therapies, ashwagandha has been used for various cases to treate stress related disorders. Being an energy tonic like ginseng or bastard ginseng for instance, is uniquely more efficacious for soothing the mind, easing arthritis and building sexual power.

A main traditional use of the plant is in “balancing life forces,” which may be believed as an adaptogenic or anti-stress tonic effect. Thus, ashwagandha is reasoned to be a general booster of health & enhaence rejuvenation according to traditional Ayurvedic practice.

Its anti-inflammatory effects have led to use in liver disease, tuber­culosis, rheumatic disorders, and skin problems. this herbs reputation has expanded its repertory to include treatment for stress, weakness, sexual debility, aging symplams, and anemia, among many other conditions.

It is believed to be efficacious to treat infections, generally those caused by fungi. Recently,TB ,chronic upper respiratory diseases, AIDS and cancer have been added to the list of its proposed immunostimulant uses. It is recognized as a blood tonic, is especially valuable in gynecology for deficient blood conditions, anemia and irregular menstruation.

Ashwagandha is used for a numerous range of disorders including anxiety,respiratory disorders such as emphysema, asthma bronchitis & coughs, nervous disorders, gynecological disorders, especially functional female and male infertility & impotence.

Side Effects

Liquid preparations made by this product may include sugar and/or alcohol. Caution is recommended if individual have diabetes, alcohol dependence or liver disease.

Ashwagandha is not prescribed for use during pregnancy . Tell to doctor before using this product. Because of potential risk to the infant, breast-feeding while using this product is not prescribed.

Dont use ashwagandha is individuals have digestive disorders & ulcers.

Dosage

Powder:
3 to 6 gm . Use three times in a day.

Decoction:
16 to 31 gm added to mild boiled cow’s milk . Use three times in a day.

Extract:
2 tablespoon. Use three times in a day.

Drug Interactions

Ashwagandha should not used in combination with sedative drugs.

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