Scientifically known as Withania Somnifera, Ashwagandha is the “Wonder Herb” of Ayurveda known for its restorative properties. Although unrelated botanically to Ginseng, it is referred to as “Indian Ginseng” because of its healing benefits.
Grown in dry regions and mild climate, the roots, leaves and berries of the plant are used to take medicines. Ashwagandha treats a variety of health issues, and is most known for its positive impact on the immunity system.
Ashwagandha – Uses:
Stress, Weakness and Fatigue, Lack of vigour, Difficulty in concentrating – some of the symptoms that are known to be relieved by the herb. It helps improve fertility problems in both males and females and boosts sexual desire and even sperm count; the leaves are used in curing wounds, the roots are used in making many herbal remedies. Apart from these, Ashwagandha is known to have the following healing effects:
* Sleep booster
* Lowers cholesterol
* Regulates Blood Sugar (known to suppress sugar cravings)
* White blood cells growth
* Stress Reliever
* Improves memory and concentration
* Improves Arthritis symptoms
* Liver problems and Ulcers
* Regenerates nerve cells
Ashwagandha contains many useful medical chemicals, including Steroidal Lactones (withanolides, withanoferins), phytochemicals, alkaloids (like Anaferine, Tropine, etc.), choline, fatty acids, amino acids and a variety of sugars.
Ashwagandha is primarily used in medicines in the form of Powder/Churan, extract, Ashwagandha ghee, Ashwagandha Rasayna, etc.
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