Withania somnifera, known commonly as ashwagandha, Indian ginseng, padalsingh (rajasthan), poison gooseberry, or winter cherry. This herb is oftentimes used in Ayurvedic medicine because of its amazing properties! It is native to Africa and India. Visit http://www.theayurveda.org/ayurveda/herbal-medicine/ashwagandha-herb-towards-a-blissful-life/ for a list of and more info on the different varieties of this amazing herb. Photo credit above goes to them.
Ashwagandha is an anti-stress, anti-inflammatory, anti-septic, and anti-tumor herb. It is also a mild sedative and therefore can stabilize mood. It gives energy by promoting restful sleep. Ashwagandha increases white blood cell count and prepares the body to produce antigens against infections and allergies. It is ideal for recovery after illness and chronic fatigue. Ashwagandha treats inflammation within the body and Candida. It is useful in the prevention of cancer. For those with cancer, this herb is also useful after and/or during chemotherapy and radiation.
Ashwagandha treats rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, low back pain, sciatica, insomnia, depression, bronchitis, asthma, anemia, digestive disorders, and it improves circulation in the body. You can also use it to treat colds, coughs, fluid retention, indigestion, hay fever, hypertension, hemorrhoids, hypoglycemia, leprosy, nausea, sexually transmitted diseases, stomach ulcers, and tuberculosis. This herb detoxifies the body. It has a positive effect on the endocrine, cardiopulmonary, and central nervous system.
Use Ashwagandha for mental satisfaction and better memory.
Ashwagandha stimulates the thyroid gland so it is an excellent herb for those suffering with hypothyroidism as it increases energy levels and helps them feel less fatigued which is a common symptom of hypothyroidism.
Ashwagandha enhances sexual power and drive by increasing testosterone and progesterone. It increases the number and quality of sperm as well so has been used in cases of infertility.
This herb prevents aging and promotes vitality and longevity. It is an amazing herb!
Contains: Calcium, Magnesium, Copper, Zinc, Cobalt, Iron, Vanadium, Flavonoids, Alakloidi, Vitamin-Lactones, Phenolic Compounds, Tannins, Free Amino Acids, Saponins, Glycosides, and Proteins
Cautions: Not recommended for pregnant and/or breastfeeding women. Do not use in conjunction with sedatives, barbiturates, or anxiolytics. Not for people with hyperthyroidism. Large amount can cause diarrhea and induce vomiting.
Directions: 1 cup boiling water to 1 tsp Ashwagandha root. Simmer 15 minutes. Drink up to 2 cups daily. Take with ginger for better digestion.
1 tsp Ashwagandha root powder in smoothie or 1 tsp in warm milk (grind the root into a fine powder).