Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera)

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Ashwagandha Overview:

Ashwagandha is most useful as a tonic herb for its non-specific, adaptogenic, and non-stimulating nature. In India and surrounding regions, Ashwaganda has a very long history of use, and is one of the most popular herbs in the region for its long list of beneficial actions, and high level of safety.

Modern uses of ashwagandha mainly involve stress related conditions involving overstimulation. it's useful for turning down hyperactivity of the sympathetic nervous system. It requires a fairly high dose and long term usage to really get its benefits. It's not as good for those who are already fatigued or too tired as other stimulating adaptogens like Siberian ginseng or Panax ginseng.

+ Indications

  • Anaemia children
  • Anxiety
  • Arthritis
  • Athletic support
  • Chronic inflammatory diseases
  • Debility/convalescence
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Generalised Anxiety Disorder GAS
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Immune dysfunctions
  • Improving learning and concentration
  • Insomnia
  • Pregnancy support
  • Recovery after illness children
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Senile dementia
  • Stress
  • Substance Abuse
  • Support during natural progression of aging
  • To promote healthy growth in children

+ Contraindications

None noted.

Herbal Actions:

  • Adaptogen
  • Mild sedative
  • Tonic
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Immunomodulator
  • Anti-anaemic
  • Antitumor
  • Nervine
  • Thyroid modulator
 

Main Uses:

Ashwagandha is mainly used with fatigue-related conditions involving the endocrine system. It is also a populr adjunctive treatment in cancer, immune defficiencies, and anxiety.

 

Daily Dosage

Liquid Extract

Ratio: 1:2

5-13 mL

Weekly Dosage

Liquid Extract

Ratio: 1:2

35-90 mL

 

Part Used

Root

Family Name

Solanaceae

Distribution

Southeast Asia

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Constituents of Interest

  • Withaferins
  • Tropane alkaloids
  • Withanolides

Common Names

  • Withania
  • Ashwaghanda
  • Indian ginseng
  • Winter cherry

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Botanical Info:

Ashwaghandha is a member of the Solanaceae family of plants, also known as the nightshade family. This family includes a variety of both poisonous, and medicinal plants, including belladonna, tomatoes, datura, and eggplant.

 

Research Overview:

Level Of Research:

 

Clinical Applications Of Ashwagandha:

Ashwagandha is excellent for those with sympathetic nervous system dominance, chronic inflammation, and insomnia. It makes a great addition to long term formulas for insomnia and high stress individuals. It's gentle enough to use with chronic fatigue conditions as well as children.

 

Cautions:

Ashwagandha has a high level of safety.

 

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References:

For references, visit the full ashwagandha monograph.