Botanical name – Whitania somnifera
Family name – Solanaceae
English name – Indian Ginseng, Poison gooseberry or Winter cherry
Common name –Ashwagandha
Habit – Perennial shrub.
Parts used – Roots, Leaves.
Common Uses – Ashwagandha strengthens immune system, it has antioxidant, rejuvenating, abortifacient, antibiotic, aphrodisiac, astringent, anti-inflammatory, anti-anxiety, anti-tumor, immune-modulating, diuretic, narcotic, sedative and tonic properties. It is used to cure arthritis, anxiety, and trouble sleeping (insomnia), tumors, tuberculosis, asthma, leucoderma, bronchitis, backache, fibromyalgia, menstrual problems, hiccups, and chronic liver disease. Ashwagandha is used as an “adaptogen” to help the body cope with daily stress, and as a general tonic. It is also used as brain tonic, memory enhancer and for improving thinking ability, to decrease pain and swelling (inflammation), and it is a excellent rejuvenator for preventing effects of aging. It is used for fertility problems in men and women and to increase sexual desire. Ashwagandha is applied to the skin for treating wounds, backache, and one-sided paralysis (hemiplegia).
Products description – It is a main ingredient in Vajikaran Yog Capsule, Rasayana Yog, Chyavanprash, Rasayana Tea, Vajikaran (Aphrodisiac) Tea, Chintahar (Stress Alleviation) Tea, Ayushkar Bone heal Vati, Ayushkar Sandhi Care Vati, Saraswat Churna, Mahanarayan Oil, Ashwagandha Tablets and Powder.
Indications – It is used externally in oedema and internally in cardiac debility, insomnia, oedema, disorders of blood, emaciation, giddiness, vata disorders, and infertility.