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12 Dec
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Withania somnifera (known as ashwagandha) is a perennial bush that belongs to the Solanaceae family. It’s a popular healing plant in Ayurvedic medicine. The name ‘ashwagandha’ derives from the Sanskrit language and signifies "the smell of a horse", probably because the roots of the herb have a horse-like scent. Ashwagandha originates from North Africa and India. Its prominent medicinal properties are predetermined by the high content of withanolides.

Useful Properties

  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antibacterial
  • Antifungal
  • Antioxidant
  • Tonic
  • Sedative
  • Anti-cancer
  • Anti-aging
  • Aphrodisiac

Ashwagandha leaves have abortive, adaptogenic, antibiotic, diuretic, narcotic, and tonic properties. Fruits and seeds are also diuretic.

All parts of the plant can be utilized for medicinal purposes.

Ashwagandha is a shrub with tomentose branches. It can reach up to 40-75 cm in height. The simple, ovate leaves are about 10-12 cm long. The inconspicuous bell-shaped flowers grow in clusters of 5-25. They can be pale green or yellow and about 4-6 mm in diameter. The globose berries are enclosed in a green persistent calyx. They are usually about 5 mm in diameter and orange-red in color when mature. The seeds are orange-red or yellow, similar to a drop in shape. The roots are straight and unbranched.

Health Benefits of Ashwagandha

  • Strengthens the immune system.  Ashwagandha increases the number of protective cells in the body that help to fight bacteria and strengthen the protective mechanisms. In addition, it helps to saturate the blood with oxygen, which is useful for exhaustion, weakness, and anemia.
  • Fights anxiety, stress an depression.
  • Improves thyroid health.
  • Fights adrenal fatigue; increases stamina.
  • Improves memory and cognition; cures Alzheimer's disease and dementia.
  • Treats Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder.
  • Protects against cancer.
  • Treats rheumatism and arthritis.
  • Promotes longevity.
  • Fights insomnia.
  • Treats skin disorders (wounds, carbuncles, sores, edema, leucoderma).
  •  Reduces cholesterol and blood sugar levels.
  •  Increases hematopoiesis.
  •  Improves fertility and sexual function.
  •  Cures bronchitis, asthma, tuberculosis.

P.S. Remember that this information has only advisory character. Before using extracts consult a qualified healthcare expert.


  • Pregnant and breastfeeding women should avoid using ashwagandha.
  • It’s not recommended to take the herb for people suffering from auto-immune disorders, stomach ulcer, and diabetes.



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