Ashwagandha Root
  
  Withania Somnifera

Common Names: Ashwagandha, Ajagandha, Indian Ginseng, Winter Cherry

Parts Used: Root and Seeds
Bodily Influence: Adaptogenic, Tonic, Aphrodisiac, Sedative, Astringent

By Dr. Paul Blake, N.D.
Ashwagandha is in the same plant family as the tomato, and this little shrub also bears a small, red, grape sized fruit, "yes the tomato is a fruit!" Ashwagandha has oval leaves and yellow flowers. The leaves and fruit have beneficial properties, but it is the root, and seeds that are the main herbal attraction of this plant! It grows in India, Northern Africa, the Middle East, and very interestingly, the United States!

Ashwagandha, in Hindi means "smells like horse."  It earned this name because of the odor of horse sweat that emanates from the root.  It also refers to this herb's known reputation for giving men an increased strength, and the endurance of a stallion! And it is also referred to as, "the herb that can support an army!" Due to this reputation, Ashwagandha is considered the Ginseng of India's Ayurvedic medicine. But Ashwagandha does this in a very balanced way, without being over stimulating. Ashwagandha calmly and evenly brings on strength, improves physical energy, athletic ability, increased sexual drive, and fertility; nice huh!

ADAPTOGENIC
Ashwagandha is recognized as one of the top adaptogenic herbs in the world! Adaptogenic, means that Ashwagandha has the ability to bring an overall balance and harmony to all your physiological processes, like hormone production, and immune strength! This balance, and the bodies resulting harmonious physical improvements altogether, bring a calm increase in physical power, endurance, longevity, and resistance to the damaging effects of stress.

Yes, Ashwagandha's adoptogenic properties bring your body a stronger immune system that easily resists disease! Plus it brings a mental calmness, and strength, and the ability to brush aside anxiety and stressful situations, as well as the capacity to confidently respond to depressive thoughts, and situations. It also promotes sound sleep, and supports the practice of Yoga, and Meditation. This makes Ashwagandha the perfect herb for today's stressed, and over stimulated world.

AYURVEDIC
For centuries Ayurvedic medicine used Ashwagandha to speed the recovery of sick patients. And it was also an assist to feeble seniors, helping them regain their memory, and physical stability. And when the day is done; it promotes a restful, health promoting sleep.

India's successful use of Ashwagandha over so many centuries, raised the interest of modern medical science.  Science began investigating the medicinal properties of this herbal powerhouse, as a possible source for medical drugs. Their studies have indicated that Ashwagandha has many potent therapeutic abilities, without any toxic plant side effects.

These scientific herbal studies found that Ashwagandha has both anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidizing properties. Studies also established Ashwagandha as an aphrodisiac, because it balances hormones, stimulates sexual desire, while improving semen quality. Other studies found it reduces stress, and induces sleep without sluggish side effects. Ashwagandha is also shown to reduce the effects of arthritis and rheumatism while promoting longevity.

Is Ashwagandha For Women?
Yes, Ashwagandha encourages female hormone balance, even during menopause and supports the thyroids hormone function.
--It also Enhances energy and strength - Supports a woman's graceful longevity - Stimulates sex drive - Reduces stress - Reduces cortisol production --Reduces wrinkling -Improves mood - Neutralizes bodily tension - Increases sexual desire - Reduces memory impairment - Balances mood swings.

Other Ashwagandha Benefits Found by Science
Enhances immune strength - Reduces effects of chemotherapy - Is Anti-Inflammatory - Improves resistance to pain – Antibacterial - Effectively combats Urogenital infections - Strengthens the Heart muscles – It has Anti-Depressant and Anti-Anxiety properties - Balances Thyroid Gland function –Has mental and physical Anti-stress properties - Improves muscular strength –And improves neural-muscular coordination

Ashwagandha Ayurvedic Tea!
You can make a tea of Ashwagandha by adding 60 drops of liquid extract, or one teaspoon of powdered root to a glass of hot milk before going to bed.  It restores your body while you soundly sleep!


References
---Health Benefits of Ashwagandha or Indian Ginseng, herbs and spices, Organic Facts Website, Google
---Ashwagandha,Ashwagandha herb, Ashwagandha roots, Viveka Herbal Products Exports, Website, Ashwagandha belongs to the Solanaceae or nightshade family... 
---7 Amazing Benefits of Ashwagandha Root for Men and Women, by Dr. Edward Group DC, Published Global Healing Center, 07/11/14
--- What Is Ashwagandha? One of the most powerful herbs in Ayurvedic healing by: Jenna Saunders, The Chopra Center, Online Website

 

 

 

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