Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera)

Ashwagandha Overview:

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

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+ Indications

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

Still compiling research.

Cautions:

Ashwagandha has a high level of safety.

 

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References:

For references, visit the full ashwagandha monograph.