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Ashwagandha: a few facts

Information on Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha is a certain plant from the family of nightshades, which is botanically referred to as solanaceae.  Ahwagandha itself bears the botanical name of hania somnifera and it is frequently used in the traditional Indian medicine called Ayurveda. Other commonly used names for ashwagandha include samm al ferakh, amukkara in tamil, kanaje hindi, ajagandha, winter cherry and Indian ginseng.  Ashwagandha is actually a short type of shrub which can grow up to 75 cm in height. It has one main central stem out of which all the branches tend to extend in a radial manner in order to form a star pattern which is botanically referred to as stellate. It is covered with a dense network of wooly hairs which are scientifically referred to as tomentose. Ashwagandha is also characterized by small, green flowers and the fruit which has on orange color when ripe. Ripe ashwagandha fruits are also known for their characteristic milk coagulating properties. The roots of the plant are brown, long and tuberous and are used for a vast array of different types of medicinal purposes. The plant originates from the dry regions of India.

Medicinal Use

The traditional Indian medicine Ayurveda uses the roots of the plant to prepare the medicinal Ashwagandha. Ayurveda specialists claim that ashwagandha has very potent life prolonging, rejuvenative, sedative and even aphrodisiac properties. Ayurveda traditionally uses the medicinal ashwagandha for the prevention and treatment of a large number of medical conditions such as spermatorrhoea, different types of neurodegenerative disorders, memory loss, nervous exhaustion, rheumatism, senility, constipation, debility, emaciation, premature aging, impotency, abnormal thirst, loose tooth, muscle tension, muscle weakness, bone weakness, dehydration and chronic fatigue. The fruits of ashwagandha can also be used as a substitute for the coagulation of milk in the process of cheese making. The leaves and fruits of ashwagandha may also come in very handy when used topically for the treatment of ulcers, carbuncles, tubercular glands and different types of tumors. Various scientific studies have shown that ashwagandha may be used very efficiently for the treatment of painful sensations caused by arthritis, anxiety and various drug withdrawal symptoms.

Additional Information

Some sources claim that ashwagandha root in its supplemental form can be used very efficiently for the treatment of various infectious disease, fever and swelling. The same sources claim that it may also come in very handy for all those who suffer from Alzheimer’s disease and a weakened immune system.

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