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Arabic Name : Kaknaje Hindee, Simm al-faraakh
Bengali Name : Ashwagandha
Chinese Name : Cui mian shui qie
English Name : Winter Cherry, Indian Ginseng
German Name : Schlafbeere
Gujarati Name : Asan, Asoda, Asgandha, Asundha, Ghodakun
Hindi Name : Asgandh, Nagori Asgandh, Aksan
Kannada Name : Hiremaddinegida, Kiremallinagida, Asvagandhi, Angarberu
Kashmiri Name : Asgandh
Latin name : Withania somnifera Dunal.
Marathi Name : Asagandha, Askagandha, Askandha
Persian Name : Bari Behman
Punjabi Name : Asgandh, Ashwagandha, Aksan
Sanskrit Name : Ashwagandha
Urdu Name : Asgand Nagori
Recommended Dosage: 3 to 10 g powder of root.
Contraindication: Do not use if you are taking anxiety or anti-seizure medication. If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, speak with your doctor before taking Ashwagandha. Do not take Ashwagandha if you have leukemia and are being treated with cyclophosphamide (a “chemo” medicine). Your medicine may be causing these symptoms which may mean you are allergic to it: Feeling cold (decrease in body temperature) or upset stomach.
The root of Ashwagandha, also known as Winter Cherry has been in use for over 4000 years in India and is highly esteemed as an adaptogen and a rejuvenating herb, which is capable of imparting long life, youthful vigour and good intellectual powers. Used by both men and women, it acts to calm the mind and promote sound, restful sleep. As an adaptogen it promotes the body’s ability to maintain homeostasis and resist stress. It prevents or minimizes imbalance that may lead to disease, whether from poor diet, lack of sleep, mental or physical strain, or chemical toxins in the environment. It is especially beneficial in stress related disorders such as hypertension, diabetes, general debility, etc. As a rejuvenative it helps maintain proper nourishment of the tissues, particularly muscle and bone, while supporting the proper function of the adrenals and reproductive system. It’s high iron content makes it useful for anaemia.
It also has analgesic, anthelmintic, antiinflammatory, aphrodisiac, astringent, galactagogue, hypnotic, nervine, sedative, spermatogenic, stomachic and tonic properties. The withanolides, similar to the body’s own steroid hormones, inhibit the growth of cancer cells. The herb may be of use in chronic inflammatory diseases such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis, and as a cancer-protective. It also helps recovery from chronic illness. Its alkaloids showed relaxant and antispasmodic effects against several spasmogens on intestinal, uterine, bronchial, tracheal and blood vascular muscles.
Ashwagandha enjoys the reputation in the West as an aphrodisiac, a use supported by a recent study in which more than 70% of men reported increased libido and sexual function after taking the herb. It is therefore an excellent remedy for infertility and helps in increasing the sense of well-being and improves sexual performance and is also useful in spermatorrhoea. It is recommended for erectile dysfunction and seminal debility. In fact, in Sanskrit the name means “like a horse”. It is increasingly known as ‘Indian Ginseng’ as its actions and uses are in many ways similar to those of Chinese Ginseng. It is also useful in dyspepsia, loss of appetite, senile debility, loss of muscular energy and leucorrhoea. Increases breast-milk production. Restores normal vitality after a long-term illness or stress.