- Family Name: Solanaceae
- Latin Name: Withania Somnifera
- Sanskrit Name: Ashwagandha, Varahkarni, Palasparni, Ammukiram, Pivari, Pushtida, Bajikari, Turagi
- Hindi Name: Asagandha, Nagori Asagandha
- Gujarati: Asod, Ghoda Ahan, Ghoda Akan, Asun
- marathi: Asagandha, Dorgunj, Asagandh
- Bengali: Ashwagandha
- Persian: Meheman
This grows in the temperate climates. It grows up to a height of 5000 feet in Western India and Himalayan regions. The stems are around 3 to 4 feet in height. One plant survives for up to 4 to 5 years. The leaves are bowl shaped, small and without thorns. It remains green for 12 months near big trees and ponds. Its stem contain fibre like texture. The leaves are oval shaped , 2 to 4 inches long and contain fibre. The flowers are blooming at the base of the stems are small, somewhat long with chimney shape and yellowish green in colour. The flowers bloom from the base of the leaves and become red when wipe. The seeds are small, heart shaped, smooth and flat. The roots are rough, white from within, strong, transparent, thick and one to one and half feet long. Crushing the fresh leaves and raw roots gives urine like smell and hence named Ashwagandha, Ashwa means ' horse' and gandha means 'smell'. The seeds are sown in rainy season and harvested in the spring season.
The roots excrete Cuseihygrine, Anahygrine, Tropine and 13 different kinds of acid. The acids include Vithenyle oil, which evaporates, Hentiroctane, Phitosteryl are obtained. It also contains a chemical called Bidaphyrine A. Other than these Glycocide, Vithenyle, acidic starch, contain Vethinine and someniphyrine alkaline and nicotine somanani vetheninine alkaline.
Qualities: Small, oily
Rasa: Pungent, bitter and sweet
Ripe: Sweet, slightly pungent
Strength: Hot and light
Chemical in nature, bright, strong and beneficial in case of watery diseases, vata, kapha, respiratory problems, tuberculosis, swelling, leprosy, poison, wounds, blood purifier, pain, swelling in the uterus and vagina, bleeding, pain reliever. It excretes urine, strong chemical. Regular consumption of Ashwagandha for one year removes the deformities of the body. Consumption of Ashwagandha in the months of December and january removes weakness and makes the body strong. All these qualities are of the roots.
According to Charaka Samhita, Ashwagandha is strong. Sushrut and Chakradutt also consider it to be strong. According to them there is no other plant in Ayurveda, which can provide so much of strength. Chakradutt says that consuming this medicine for 15 days regularly with milk, ghee or plain water brings back the youth fullness. It is very effective in case of Leucoderma, bronchitis and asthma according to Kirtikar and Vasu. Nadkarni says that Ashwagandha is a tonic, which increases sperm count and sexual potency. In the rural areas vegetable made out of this plant is given to TB patients. It increases the iron content in the blood. Sohat has termed it anti-tumor. It is considered to be one of the seven ayurvedic herbs capable of curing AIDS. The Bidaphyrine chemical present in the plant is capable of killing the cancer cells. C.A. Mayor has compared this herb with the famous Ginseng and Ashwagandha is called as Indian Ginseng.
Ashwagandha for Weakness:
Taking Ashwagandha powder with milk, ghee or water cures weakness in children, weakness in old people and reduces the aging process. (Available Kohinoor Gold Capsules with one of the ingredients as Ashwagandha)
Ashwagandha for Sleeplessness:
Taking ashwagandha powder with ghee made out of cow milk or sugar cures sleeplessness and pain in the hips.
The decoction is beneficial to cure tuberculosis. Adding honey in the juice of winter cherry leaves cures the problem of sleeplessness due to joint pain.
Pain in the Hips and Back Pain:
Adding sugar candy and ghee in Ashwagandha powder cures pain in the hips and backache. (Available Arthcare Massage Oil containing Ashwagandha)
Ashwagandha for Weak Eyesight:
Add liquorice in Ashwagandha powder and take it with amla juice to cure weak eyesight
Ashwagandha for Old Age Problems:
Taking Ashwagandha powder with honey and ghee regularly for one month in winter season cures old age problems.
Ashwagandha for Heart Pain:
Take Ashwagandha powder and Baheda with jaggery for quick relief in heart ache. ( Available Cardocare Capsules containing Ashwagandha)
All types of problems:
Regular consumption of Ashwagandha with Giloy extract and honey cures all types of problems.
Vata dosha (wind related problem):
Consumption of Ashwagandha, Shatavari, ghee and honey cures the vata dosha
White Discharge and Infertility:
Take round 3gm of Ashwagandha powder with 12gm of sugar candy and sugar twice daily with milk to cure white discharge and infertility (Available Femm' reve Libido Enhancer for Women containing Ashwagandha)
Ashwagandha for Constipation:
Take Ashwagandha powder with hot milk to cure constipation
Ashwagandha for Impotency:
Take Ashwagandha powder and sugar in equal proportions measuring 3 to 6 gm with milk everyday cures impotency (Available Kohinoor Gold Capsules with one of the ingredients as Ashwagandha)
1. Add one gm each of Ashwagandha, sugar candy, honey and take 10gm ghee every morning to improve humors, strengthening the body and brings back youthfulness.
2. Take equal quantities of Ashwagandha and Vidhara powder and store it in greasy container. Take around 6 to 12 gm twice daily with hot milk regularly for 4 months. his cures vata dosha, old age related problems and rejuvenates the body. The same medicine taken with 6gm ghee and 3 gm honey cures the disease in which vital humors of the body are excreted through urine.
3. Take 10gm Ashwagandha with Amla juice everyday and gradually increase the quantity. This stops aging.
Ashwagandha for Increasing Stamina and Sperm Count:
Add Ashwagandha in one fourth quantity of ghee, grind it nicely and store it in a container. Take 5gm of this powder with milk or lukewarm water regularly for one month to increase strength and sperm. This cures all types of pains ad wind related problems. (Available Best For Men with one of the ingredients as Ashwagandha)
Ashwagandha for Physical Weakness:
Extract of the pure oil from Ashwagandha roots cures weakness and wind related problems (Available Super Vital Immunity Booster Containing Ashwagandha)
Take 12gm each of Ashwagandha , Vidhara, Jaiphal, small cardamom, Nagarmotha, Gokharu, cronch seeds, Shatavari, Triphala, Lajvanti, poppy seeds and vansh lochan. Grind and sieve them nicely. Add equal quantity of sugar candy and take 6gm of this medicine twice daily with milk to cure dream problems
Wind Related Problems:
Add ghee in the decoction of Ashwagandha powder and cook. Consume this to cure wind related problem. It helps the women to conceive.
Ashwagandha for Stomach Disorder:
Grind Ashwagandha roots in cow urine and apply on the affected ares to cure the swelling due to stomach disorder
Wind Related Problem due to heart Disease:
Grind Ashwagandha powder with hot water and take it regularly to cure wind related problem due to heart disease
Bleeding due to vata:
Take decoction made out of Ashwagandha roots and sugar to cure bleeding due to vata dosha
Ashwagandha for Reduction in Breast Milk:
Make decoction with Ashwagandha roots, Vidharikand and Mulethi and take it with milk to increase the breast milk.
Ashwagandha for Arthritis:
Coarsely grind the roots, skin , leaves, flowers and fruits of Ashwagandha and take out the rasa, take at least 30 to 60 gm of this juice to cure arthritis. (Available Arthcare Massage Oil containing Ashwagandha)
Ashwagandha for Piles:
Add the skin of Ashwagandha and Nirgundi with Kateri fruits and paipal with ghee and burn it. Give fumigation in the rectum area to cure piles.
Poison: In case of snake bite give 6gm of Ashwagandha roots juice at an interval of 1 hour to remove the effect of poison
Ashwagandha for Whooping Cough:
Take 12gm of Ashwagandha, grind them and add 12 gm of sugar candy, now pour one liter water and make the decoction till it reduces to one-eight quantity. Give this decoction in little quantity to cure whooping cough.
Ashwagandha for Joint pain:
Take 3 gm of winter cherry powder and add equal quantity of ghee and one gm unrefined sugar and take it twice daily to cure joint pain. (Available Arthcare Massage Oil containing Ashwagandha)
Ashwagandha for Blood Impurities:
Take equal quantities of Ashwagandha powder and sugar, make a fine powder and take 4gm with honey to cure blood impurities.
The word Ashwagandha literally means "the sweat of a horse" indicating that one who takes it would have the strength and sexual vitality of a horse.
Serving size: 2 Vegicaps
Servings per container: 30
Each 500 mg capsule contains: Ashwagandha Extract 10:1
Dosage: 1-2 Capsules two times a day after meal or or as directed by your health practitioner.
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