Ashwaganda is a member of the pepper family known as Withania somnifera. Ashwagandha root, also known as winter cherry or Indian ginseng, is an important herb from the Ayurvedic or Indian system of medicine.
Ashwagandha is a small evergreen shrub with long roots and little greenish flowers bearing fruits that are orange-red when ripe. In India, the shoots and seeds of the plant are used to thicken milk. Ashwagandha is one of the most highly valuable
Ashwagandha is one of the most highly valuable herb in the Ayurvedic medical system. The roots are used medicinally and are frequently included in ayurvedic formulas.
Medical uses and health benefits of ashwagandha
Ashwagandha contains flavonoids and several active ingredients of the withanolide class. It acts as an adaptogen, an immune modulator, nourishing and strengthening the inner reserve of the human body.
Ashwagandha is rich in iron, which contributes to increased red blood cell count. It contains a significant amount of the amino acids arginine and ornithine. These amino acids are needed for proper nervous system function. Ashwagandha root stimulates the immune system, can reduce inflammation, and may even improve memory.
Ashwagandha is an adaptogen. Adaptogens are substances that non-specifically enhance and regulate the body’s ability to withstand stress and increase its general performance in ways that help the whole body resist disease. Ashwagandha has a sedative effect on the
Ashwagandha has a sedative effect on the central nervous system. It will enhance the effect of any other central nervous system sedatives that are taken at the same time. Ashwagandha has been used for strengthening the body and for helping to prevent disease. Ashwagandha has shown benefits in treating both anxiety and depression, enhancing the anti-tumor effects of chemotherapy, stimulation of thyroid function, and improvement in memory and mental function.