COMMON NAME: Ashwagandha
OTHER NAME: winter cherry, ashvagandha
BOTANICAL NAME: Withania somnifera (L.) Dunal
PLANT FAMILY: Solanaceae
SYNONYMS: Rhamnus spina-Christi L.
OVERVIEW: Dehydrated Roots.
INTRODUCTION: Ashwagandha is stunning in appearance and of vital importance in Ayurveda or Indian medicine. Ashwagandha has a long history, about 4000 years, as a holistic herb used to treat a variety of ailments. Ashwagandha plant itself is a hardy small woody shrub with small flowers and distinctive red seeds. Ashwagandha benefits our health in various ways.
PHYTOCONSTITUENTS: Alkaloids, steroids, and saponins represent major groups of secondary constituents found in ashwagandha. The bioactive compounds include ashwagandhine, cuscohygrine, anahygrine, tropine, withaferin A, withanolides, withasomniferin, withasomidienone, withasomniferols, withanone, withaniol, sitoindosides, and acylsteryl glucosides.
PARTS USED: Eastern and Western herbal medicine use the root, most notably dried and cut.
PRECAUTIONS: None known.
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