Compounds known as withanolides are believed to account for the multiple medicinal applications of Ashwagandha. These molecules are steroidal and bear a resemblance, both in their action and appearance, to the active constituents of Asian ginseng (Panax ginseng) known as ginsenosides.
Generally, Ashwagandha stimulates the immune system. It has also been shown to inhibit inflammation and improve memory.
Uses: It is Tonic, Abortifacient, Astringent, Deobstruent, Nervine, Aphrodisiac and Sedative. It is official Indian Pharmacopeia. It gives vitality and vigor and helps in building greater endurance. It has been used in diseases such as rheumatism, leprosy and arthritis.
Ashwagandha has many significant benefits, but is best known for its powerful adaptogenic properties, meaning that it helps mind and body adapt better to stress. It nourishes the nerves and improves nerve function to help you maintain calm during stressful situations.
It is also good for people who do physical labor or exercise a lot, to help the body adapt to physical stress.It is a powerful Rasayana, meaning that it acts as an overall tonic for greater vitality and longevity. It nourishes all the bodily tissues (Dhatus), including the joints and nerves.
It is also a powerful Medhya Rasayana, which means that it enhances all three aspects of mind power (Dhi -- comprehension; Dhriti -- memory; and Smriti -- recollection). Ashwagandha nourishes the crucial mind-body connection and psychoneuro immune response (called PNI). It helps coordinate the mind and senses, as well, which is essential for good quality sleep.
Ashwagandha enhances virility and has aphrodisiac properties, especially for men. It is also well known for its powerful immune enhancing benefits.
It is considered among the best of all substances for balancing Vata. It also pacifies Kapha at the same time, which is a rare combination.
Stress: Investigation both clinical and experimental have observed that Ashwagandha acts as an anti-stress and adaptogenic herb
Preparation: Decoctions, ghee, oil, powder (1/4-3 tsp.) herbal wine.
Some experts recommend 1-2 grams of the whole herb, taken each day in capsule or tea form.
To prepare a tea, Ashwagandha roots are boiled for 15 minutes and cooled; 3 cups (750 ml) should be drunk daily. Tincture or fluid extracts can be used in the amount of 2-4 ml three times per day.
A decoction of Ashwagandha root is useful as nutrient and health restorative to the pregnant and old people. You can also take its powder with milk as an alternative.
For curing the sterility of women, Ayurveda practitioners often prescribe a boiled down decoction of Ashwagandha, milk and ghee. Take this for a few days, soon after the menstrual period.
For spermatorrhoea, loss of strength etc., a powder consisting of Ashwagandha, sugar, ghee, honey and long pepper is often given daily, with milk and rice diet
Ashwagandha Herbal Invigorator is useful for consumption, seminal debility, and to help the nutrition of weak children.
The powder of Ashwagandha and sugar candy, in ghee is often prescribed for lumbago, pains in the loins or small of the back.
Fresh green root of Ashwagandha reduced to paste with cow's urine or with water heated applied to the parts affected is useful for scrofulous and other glandular swellings.
Apply Ashwagandha powder well mixed with oil to the skin.
Cost of 60 vege capsules is $18
Ashwagandha (Withania Somnifera)