Latin name: Witania somnifera
Sanskrit name: Ashwagandha
English: Winter cherry
Origin of Mumbai, West Indies
Parts of the plant used in Ayurveda: root and leaf; the plant is in the form of a bush
What are the Health Benefits of Aswagandha?
1. Adapting to stress, both emotional and physical
2. Calming the mind and consequently calm the body
3. It gives energy and harmonizes the level of stress hormones
4. Excellent tonic for longevity and vitality
5. Nourishes all tissues in the body
6. It provides a peaceful and serene dream
7. Detoxify the body
8. It has aphrodisiac properties in males
9. Strengthens immunity
10. One of the best plants in Ayurveda for balancing Vata
11. It is also soothes and balances Kapha, which is rarely achieved with other Ayurvedic herbs
12. Ashwaganda is used always in combination with other ayurvedic herbs, in order to achieve full effect and to prevent unwanted effects that would be created if the ashwagandha provided independently. Frequently combined with licorice, in order to reduce the risk of overheating and because of increased body temperature, heart can stop working.
In which cases ashwagandha is forbidden?
In pregnancy it can be used in small doses only under the close supervision of a physician. Another caution, consists in the fact that ashwagandha could enhance sedative operation of barbiturates.
Also not to take for constipation, high doses can cause digestive disorders.