Botanical Name: Withania somnifera
- English: Ashwagandha, Indian winter cherry, Indian ginseng
- Hindi: Ashvagandha,Asgandh
- Sanskrit: Ashvagandha, Gandhapatri, Ashvakandika, Vajikari, Balada, Palashparni,Vajigandha, Balaja,
- Ayurvedic: Ashwagandha
- Also, known as: Asgandh,Amukkuram, Askagandha, Amukkaramkizangu, Pennerugadda,Asgand, Ashwaganda,Palashaparni, Aswagandha,Ashwaghanda, Ashvagandha, Ashwgandha
Habitat: Throughout India
Parts Used: Root
Ashwagandha holds a place in Ayurvedic pharmacology similar to Ginseng in Chinese medicine, yet it is far less expensive. Since ancient times Ashwagandha (aka Indian ginseng) is used in Ayurveda has been considered as a crucial part of ayurvedic treatment for several health conditions and as Rasayana (potent rejuvenative agent). It is the best rejuvenative herb. It is acknowledged to increase vitality and longevity. It improves memory, preserves mental functions and increases intelligence. It protects the brain from degeneration and dementia. Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, it is widely used in all inflammatory disorders.
The Indian name Ashwagandha (ashwa-horse and gandha- smell), now also known as Asgandh. It is believed that consuming Ashwagandha in any form may develop or improve vitality, energy levels and strength similar to that of a horse.It stimulates sexual impulses and increase sperm counts.
Ashwagandha roots are stout and fleshy when dry. They are unbranched, straight and gradually tapering downwards. Roots have a brownish white color on the outer side and the inner region is creamy white in color.
How to use:
Decoctions are suitable for roots, barks, large seeds & berries, and other dense material. The simple way to make decoction is, in a saucepan, add 1 tablespoon of dried herbs to 1 cup of water. Bring the water to boil, reduce heat and simmer for 30-60 minutes. Strain and squeeze out as much as liquid as possible and enjoy!
- You can sweeten your herbal decoctions with bit of honey, natural fruit juice, stevia leaves powder and or licorice root powder.
You should consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using any herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.
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