Sunday, September 28, 2008

Withania somnifera , Ashwaganda

Withania somnifera, also known as ashwagandha, Indian ginseng, and winter cherry, has been an important herb in the Ayurvedic and indigenous medical systems for over 3000 years.

Historically, the plant has been used as an aphrodisiac, liver tonic, anti-inflammatory agent, astringent, and more recently to treat bronchitis, asthma, ulcers, emaciation, insomnia, and senile dementia. Clinical trials and animal research support the use of ashwaganda for anxiety, cognitive and neurological disorders, inflammation, and Parkinson's disease. Ashwaganda's chemopreventive properties make it a potentially useful adjunct for patients undergoing radiation and chemotherapy. Ashwaganda is also used therapeutically as an adaptogen for patients with nervous exhaustion, insomnia, and debility due to stress, and as an immune stimulant in patients with low white blood cell counts.

Health effect of regular consuming Ashwagandha root powder

The plant carries Anti-Aging properties. In a double-blind clinical trial, ashwagandha was tested in a group of 101 healthy males, 50-59 years old, at a dosage of 3 grams daily for one year, show a significant improvement in hemoglobin, red blood cell count, hair melanin, and seated stature was observed. Serum cholesterol decreased and nail calcium was preserved. Erythrocyte sedimentation rate decreased significantly and chronic Stress relief
In addition the plant have hypothyroidism effect, cardiovascular protection, hypoglycemic, diuretic, and lowering blood cholesterol level of the blood, and decreases in serum cholesterol, triglycerides, and low-density lipoproteins, improvement in sexual performance

Ashwagandha is one of the most widespread tranquillisers used in India, where it holds a position of importance similar to ginseng in China. It acts mainly on the reproductive and nervous systems, having a rejuvenative effect on the body, and is used to improve vitality and aid recovery after chronic illness. The plant is little known in the West. The whole plant, but especially the leaves and the root bark, are abortifacient, adaptogen, antibiotic, aphrodisiac, diuretic, narcotic, strongly sedative and tonic. Internally, it is use to tone the uterus after a miscarriage and in treating post-partum difficulties, treat nervous exhaustion, debility, insomnia, wasting diseases, failure to thrive in children, impotence, infertility, multiple sclerosis. Externally it can apply, as a poultice to boils, swellings and other painful parts, the fruit is diuretic and hypnotic.


A typical dose of ashwagandha is 3-6 grams daily of the dried root, 300-500 mg of an extract standardized to contain 1.5 percent withanolides, or 6-12ml of a 1:2 fluid extract per day.

Warnings and Contraindications
Large doses of ashwagandha may possess abortifacient properties; therefore, it should not be taken during pregnancy. Since ashwaganda acts as a mild central nervous system depressant, patients should avoid alcohol, sedatives, and other anxiolytics while taking ashwagandha.
We sell seedling, leafs, seeds, and dried roots