Ashwagandha otherwise known as Indian winter cherry or Withania somnifera in Latin is a unique herb that has been used since ancient times for a wide variety of conditions. It is a member of the tomato family and one of the most vital herbs in Ayurvedic healing. Well known for its restorative benefits, it helps the body to combat the effects of long term stress. Traditionally, Ashwagandha has been prescribed to help people strengthen their immune system after an illness and it is often referred to as "Indian ginseng" because of its rejuvenating effects.
Ashwagandha is a unique herb because it can provide a lasting energy without any of the stimulating side effects that other herbs can. At the same time, it can promote sleep and restfulness if taken at night while also calming the mind.
Ashwagandha supports the proper function of the adrenal and reproductive system while maintaining proper nourishment of the bodies tissues. It is also used to enhance sexual potency in men and women.
Medical researchers have been studying Ashwagandha with great interest for years and for years Indians have also prescribed it to treat memory loss in the elderly. In over 200 studies done on Ashwagandha, some of the health supporting findings have found it to fight inflammation, lower cholesterol, stabilize blood sugar, reduce brain cell degeneration, improve memory and learning, reduce anxiety along with offering anti-microbial and anti-bacterial activity while also having antioxidant benefits. Some of the medicinal chemicals in Ashwagandha are alkaloids, choline, fatty acids, amino acids, withanolides and a variety of sugars.