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 considering as a crucial part of ayurvedic treatment for several health conditions and as Rasayana (potent rejuvenating agent).It is the best rejuvenative herb. It is acknowledged to increase the vitality and longevity. It improves memory, preserves mental functions and increases intelligence. It protects 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 increases 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:
There are different ways to use powdered herb.
Food Preparation: You can add powdered herb to any super food herbal smoothie, sauces, spreads and even cookies. Also for children, you can mix powdered herb with honey or glycerin to make paste. The thicker the paste, the more potent and herbal in taste. The sweet taste of honey and glycerin will help medicine go down. This method is also known as "Electuaries".
Capsules: Encapsulating your own powdered herb at home, gives you assurance that the contents of the capsules are pure herb and no filler or any other products. These capsules can be taken with liquid.
Poultice: Poultice can be made with an herbal powder and liquid (mostly water) to form a paste which is then applied to the skin. This method is very helpful for skin conditions.
Herbal shot: Powdered herb can be mixed with water, fruit juice or other liquid to make herbal shot.
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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