Ashwagandha Herb Benefit and Uses


Ashwagandha herb (Withania somnifera) root is a herb of the ages. It is the ‘ginseng’ of Ayurvedic medicine, the traditional medicine of India and is considered an ‘adaptogen, a term used to describe herbs that improve physical energy and athletic ability, increase immunity to colds and infections and increase sexual capacity and fertility.

Latin Names

Withania somnifera,

Common Names

Ashwagandha herbs, Winter Cherry, Ashgandh, Achuvagandi, Amikkira-gadday, Amkulang-kalang, , Asagandha, Asana, Asgandh, Asundha, Asvagandhi, Fatarfoda, Hirre-gadday, Penneroo-gadda, Pevette, Sogade-beru

Ayurvedic properties of Ashwagandha herbs:-

Rasa:- Tikta , Katu Guna:- Laghu , Snigdha

Veerya:- Ushna Vipaka:- Madhura

Effects on doshas:- It is Kapha – Vatta shamak.

Chemical constituents and uses of Ashwagandha:-

Ashwagandha contains alkaloids ,steroids , lactones . These include tropine and cuscohygrine , withanolides , withaferin A .


  • It has anti- inflammatory, anti- tumor, anti- stress ,antioxidants ,mind

boosting, immune enhancing and rejuvenating properties .

  • It is also used for treating memory loss.
  • It is natural nutrients for insomnia.
  • It is a nervine tonic.


  • It is blood tonifier that improve circulations and absorption of nutrients

from the cell.

  • It is powerful aphordiasic .It is also used for sexual vitality as an adaptogen.
  • It restores neurotransmitters and hence useful in various mental disoders.

Benefits of Ashwagandha herb Capsulesashwagandha supplement benefit in ayurveda

  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Depression
  • muscle fatigue and neck/ back stiffness
  • Tiredness
  • Joint pains
  • Arthritis of all types
  • Calf myalgia ( Lower leg pains )
  • Blood Pressure
  • Insomina – that’s why the name Withania sominfera
  • Muscle Power and Stamina – Ashwa – literally means "horse"
  • Diabetic neuropathy
  • Weakness due to Diabetes
  • Erectile dysfunction and low sperm count, premature ejaculation


Ashwagandha is not recommended in the case of hyperthyroidism or pregnancy. In strong doses Ashwagandha can have a hypnotic effect.


The therapeutic dose of ashwagandha extract is 450 mg per day, standardizedto 10% withanolides.


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