Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), also known as Indian ginseng, and as Indian Winter Cherry is an important ancient plant, the roots of which have been employed in Indian traditional systems of medicine, Ayurveda and Unani. It grows in dry parts in sub-tropical regions. Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh are the major Ashwagandha producing states of the country. Ashwagandha, which belongs to the pepper family, is found in India and Africa. The roots of ashwagandha are used medicinally. The health applications for ashwagandha in traditional Indian and Ayurvedic medicine are extensive. Of particular note is its use against tumors, inflammation (including arthritis), and a wide range of infectious diseases. The shoots and seeds are also used as food and to thicken milk in India. Traditional uses of ashwagandha among tribal peoples in Africa include fevers and inflammatory conditions. Ashwagandha is frequently a constituent of Ayurvedic formulas, including a relatively common one known as shilajit.
Latin Name : Withania somnifera
Other Names : Asgandh, Asgandh-e-nagori, Indian Ginseng, Asgand, Asgand nagori, Winter Cherry, Ashwagandha, Amukkuram, Trittavu
Ashwagandha has been extensively used as an herbal remedy for hundreds of years to treat the inflammation, fevers, and to protect against the infection or illness. It has also been used to boost the total immune system, improve memory,increase in libido and to promote overall wellness.Ashwagandha as Medicinal Herb Ashwagandha is considered to be one of the best rejuvenating agents in Ayurveda. Its roots, seeds and leaves are used in Ayurvedic and Unani medicines.
Ashwagandha root drug finds an important place in treatment of rheumatic pain, inflammation of joints, nervous disorders and epilepsy. Dried roots are used as tonic for hiccup, cold, cough, female disorders, as a sedative, in care of senile debility, ulcers, etc. Leaves are applied for carbuncles, inflammation and swellings. Leaf juice is useful in conjunctivitis.
Bark decoction is taken for asthma and applied locally to bed sores. Ashwagandha and its extracts are used in preparation of herbal tea, powders, tablets and syrups.
Ashwagandha has anti-inflammatory, anti-tumor, anti-stress, antioxidant, mind-boosting, immune-enhancing, and rejuvenating properties. Ashwagandha root has also been noted to have sex-enhancing properties. Ashwagandha is mentioned in the ancient Kama Sutra as an herb to be used for heightening sexual experience.
Ashwagandha has the ability to restore sexual health and improve overall vitality while promoting a calm state of mind. A 2002 laboratory study indicates ashwagandha stimulates the growth of axons and dendrites.
A 2001 study in rodents showed ashwagandha had memory boosting ability. A 2000 study with rodents showed ashwagandha to have anti-anxiety and anti-depression effects. The plant has been used as an aphrodisiac, liver tonic, anti-inflammatory agent, and more recently to treat asthma, ulcers, insomnia, and senile dementia. Clinical trials and animal research support the use of ashwagandha for anxiety, cognitive and neurological disorders, inflammation, and Parkinson’s disease.
Incorporation of ashwagandha in the diet may prevent or decrease the growth of tumors in human. It helps in providing progressive, long lasting results for various health concerns like aging, anemia and slow growth, arthritis, fatigue, waning memory, sports fitness and stress-disorders. Pharmacological studies and research so far have indicated that Ashwagandha has anti-tumour, anti-stress, antioxid boosting, haemopoeitic and rejuvenating properties. It is also an exceptional nerve tonic and nourishes the nerves and improves nerve function to maintain calm during stressful conditions. It also nourishes crucial mind and body connection and psychological immune response.
Useful preparations of Ashwagandha:
A paste of ashwagandha leaves when applied on a local inflammation as result acts as anti-inflammatory. The herbal massage oil which actually includes this herb is useful in many conditions like paralysis, epilepsy, sleeplessness etc.
The preparation of Ashwagandha which is when processed with ghee, sugar and honey is a very good aphrodisiac and also increases semen quantity, sperm count and mobility. It is also effectively used in Erectile dysfunction, low libido and premature ejaculation.
Ashwagandha roots when used frequently helps to improve the conditions like emaciation of children, senile debility, rheumatism, in all other cases of general debility, nervous exhaustion, brain-fag, low of memory, loss of muscular energy and spermatorrhoea. It increases the body energy and vigor . It helps to actually rebuild the body system which is worn out due to chronic diseases like syphilis, rheumatism etc. It also effectively replenishes the lowered energy of body due to over-work, mental exertion thus preventing early ageing.
Ashwagandha when used on a regular basis is very useful in emaciated children. It also increases body weight and body energy. Regular use of ashwagandha also helps to reduce blood sugar and cholesterol levels. Fine powder of ashwagandha well mixed with oil is also very use full in many skin conditions. Ashwagandha also acts as galactogogue and thickens the milk when given that to nursing mothers. Ashwagandha Side Effects Ashwagandha does not have any significant side effects reported in the medica …