Ashwaganda is a highly revered medicinal herb used in Ayurveda for millennia and praised as a longevity and vitality tonic. It is often referred to as 'Indian ginseng' due to its similarity to ginseng in its action. Its herbal actions span a wide range from adaptogenic to sedative. In many Asian countries, all parts of the plant are utilized, and the tender leaves are eaten as a vegetable. As a gentle nourishing herb, it can be administered to children as well as the elderly. Many scientific studies exist regarding its manifold healing properties.
Anxiolytic, tonic, hypolipidemic, rejuvenative, nervine, sedative, 2 and adaptogenic. 4
Key constituents include: ashwagandhine, cuscohygrine, anahygrine, tropine, withaferin A, withanolides*, withasomniferin, withasomidienone, withasomniferols, withanone, withaniol, sitoindosides, acylsteryl glucosides. 1
- the steroidal withanolides resemble, in both action and appearance, ginsenosides, the active constituents of Asian ginseng (Panax ginseng).3
Specific: Not for use in pregnancy except under the supervision of a qualified healthcare practitioner.
General: We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.
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- Khalsa Singh KP, Tierra M. The way of Ayurvedic herbs. Twin Lakes: Lotus Press; 2008.
- Verma, S. K., & Kumar, A. J. A. Y. (2011). Therapeutic uses of Withania somnifera (Ashwagandha) with a note on withanolides and its pharmacological actions. Asian Journal of Pharmaceutical and Clinical Research, 4(1), 01-04.
- Mills S, Bone K. Principles and Practice of Phytotherapy: Modern Herbal Medicine. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone; 2000.
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