Ashwagandha is one of the most famous Ayurvedic plants that belong to the category of rasayana (rejuvenation of the organism) and it has a broad spectrum of action. Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) is a medium-sized shrub, which reaches a maximum height of 1.70 m and provides a small red fruit. It grows in warm climatic conditions, and its origin is the north-eastern part of India. Today, the plant is successfully cultivated in many parts of India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. This plant has multiple names. In English it is known as winter cherry or Indian ginseng, in Latin – withinia somnifera (one who brings the dream) at hindi – ansgandh, in Sanskrit – ashwagandha. Aswhagandha literally means “horse smell” (from Sanskrit: ashwa – horse, gandha – smell) because its scent reminiscent of the smell of horses. Its name also translates as “one who gives vitality and strength of the horse.” Ashwagandha has a plurality of active ingredients, of which the main are alkaloids and steroidal lactones. Among the most famous alkaloids that it has is withanine.
A stress reliever
Ashwagandha is also known as Indian ginseng and it improves the vitality and physical stamina which contains stress relieving properties of ashwagandha leaves. This comprehensive Ayurvedic tonic strengthens and balances the body’s organs and systems to combat mental, emotional and physical stress, improves concentration, memory, understanding new things and physical fitness.
As a natural food supplement against stress it is the culmination of experience of thousands of years of Ayurvedic wisdom.
Name of ashwaganda in Latin is Withania somnifera, or “one who brings the dream” because of its properties of coordination of mind and body, which contributes to good sleep.
Because of the modern lifestyle, stress levels in our society are constantly growing. If we carry the heavy burden of stress, it’s like a nuclear reactor works over the allowed power. Sooner or later, something will break, and you will suffer depending on the weak points in your physiology. Scientific research supports the effect of ashwagandha in removing stress and its contribution in protecting brain cells against dangerous outcome because of our rapid, modern lifestyle.
Indications: general exhaustion and lack of energy, weakness of muscles and tissues, fatigue, insomnia, period of healing, sexual weakness, spermatorrhoea, pollution, nervous exhaustion, memory loss, premature aging, thinness in children, paralysis, sclerosis, eye weakness, rheumatism, arthritis , skin diseases, cough, shortness of breath, anemia, circulatory disorder, digesting problems, infertility, swelling of glands, hormones and thyroid disorder, hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism.
Ashwagandha is a powerful anti- stressor. It eliminates the effects of stress. It strengthens resistance to stress and helps the body to cope with stressful situations by adapting to various unfavorable conditions (cold, heat, stress, physical and mental efforts, thirst , hunger , lack of oxygen, even radiation) , calms anxiety and stress, nourishes and strengthens the nervous system, establishes peace of mind, raises the tone of the whole organism and gives it balance.
It is usually packed in capsules of Ashwagandha root extract, and taken one capsule twice a day, in the morning and in the evening, half an hour before meals. It can be taken with ginger tea for better absorption. In long-term use it is advised to make a break for 10 days after every 3 months of use. It does not cause addiction.