Ashwagandha – Withania somnifera
Active Ingredients: Steroidal compounds like withaferin A, sitoindosides and alkaloids like tropane types and isopelletierine, anaferine.
Ashwagandha, also known as Indian ginseng and winter cherry, has been used medicinally in India as an Ayurvedic medicine for over 3000 years.
Ashwagandha literally means, “sweat of a horse” due to the scent of the roots.
The herb was generally used as a tonic for promoting longevity, treating emaciation and for improving reproductive functions of both men and women helping to balance hormones liker testosterone and estrogen .
Ashwagandha is considered an adaptogen like ginseng, but is not stimulating. Adaptogens help to adapt to stressful situations. Keep you calm when stressed, give you energy when tired.
Ashwagandha has a mild sedative effect, as the ‘somni’ part of its Latin name indicates. somniferous | tending to induce sleep;
Traditional use: For debility, nervous exhaustion, convalescence, and as a general tonic; memory enhancement, raising testosterone
Parts used: Roots, leaves and berries are edible, or can be made into a tincture or dried herb capsule.