Benefits of Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha grows as a weed on sandy, loamy soils of the drier more temperate parts of India. Its name Ashwagandha meaning ‘the smell of a horse’, comes from the smell of its fresh root. It is a good nervous system tonic.

Benefits of Ashwagandha: Fights cancer, improves immunity, heart disease, anemia, cholesterol, cough, depression, edema, inflammation, high blood pressure, arthritis, difficult breathing, eye weakness, joint pain, infertility, memory loss, paralysis, pain killer, swollen glands, worms.

Action: Action: Adaptogenic, analgesic, anthelmintic, aphrodisiac, astringent, galactogogue, nervine,rejuvenative, sedative, tonic, anti-inflammatory.

Scientific name: Withania somnifera.

Useful part: Root.

Dosage: 3–9g per day dried root or 6–15 ml per day


Rasa (taste) Bitter, astringent,sweet

Vırya(energy) Heating

Vipaka (post-digestive effect)Sweet

Guna (quality) Light, unctuous

Dosa effect VK

Dhatu(tissue) Blood, muscle, fat, bone, nerve, reproductive

Srotas (channel) Reproductive, nervous, respiratory

Description: The plant is an evergreen shrub, 1–2 m high. Leaves are simple, petiolate, ovate, and glabrous. Flowers are light green or pale yellow, calyx membraneous. Berries are small, globose, orange red when mature.

Classical and common names

Ayurvedic: Ashwagandhaa, Hayagandhaa ,Ashwakanda, Gandharvagandhaa,Turaga, Turagagandhaa,Turangagandhaa, Vaajigandhaa,Gokarnaa, Vrishaa, Varaahakarni, Varadaa, Balyaa, Vaajikari

English: Winter Cherry.

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