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Ashwagandha (Winter Cherry)

Ashwagandha Benefits

Ashwagandha root is a herb of the ages. It is the 'ginseng' of Ayurvedic medicine, the traditional medicine of India and is considered an 'adaptogen', a term used to describe herbs that improve physical energy and athletic ability, increase immunity to colds and infections and increase sexual capacity and fertility.

One reason for ashwagandha's reputation as a general energy-promoting, disease-preventing tonic may be its effect on the immune system. A number of studies have shown significant increases in white blood cell counts and other measures of strengthened immunity in rodents given ashwagandha or certain chemicals extracted from the herb. Ashwagandha may also have a mild sedative effect on the central nervous system and in animal studies it has been shown to be a muscle relaxant. It is commonly used to increase vitality, particularly when recovering from chronic illnesses and pain management for arthritic conditions. Ashwagandha may also help regulate blood sugar which aids in suppressing sugar cravings. Research shows ashwagandha may be a promising alternative for cancer treatment and prevention. Ashwagandha seems to show positive effects on the endocrine, cardio, and central nervous systems. It is one herb that could help your body produce it's own thyroid hormones.

Ashwagandha is used to restore male libido, cure impotence and increase male fertility. It is widely used in southern Asia as a male sexuality tonic.

Preliminary studies indicate that the herb helps to reduce the negative effects of stress, slow tumour growth, treat anxiety and insomnia, and reduce cholesterol in addition to increasing sexual performance.

Ashwaghanda is generally safe at the doses recommended on the packaging. In high doses it may have steroidal activity similar to Creatine.

Research on ashwagandha has concluded that extracts of the plant has a direct spermatogenic influence on the seminiferous tubules of immature rats presumably by exerting a testosterone-like effect1. It is could also a potential source of hypoglycemic, diuretic and hypocholesterolemic agents2.

Because ashwagandha has traditionally been used to treat various diseases associated with nerve tissue damage related to the destructive molecules known as free radicals, some researchers have speculated that the herb may have antioxidant properties. Free-radical damage plays a role in normal ageing and in such neurological conditions as epilepsy, Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's disease.

_1. J Ethnopharmacol 2001 Apr;75(1):1-4 - The effect of aqueous extracts of Cynomorium coccineum and Withania somnifera on testicular development in immature Wistar rats. - Abdel-Magied EM, Abdel-Rahman HA, Harraz FM. 2. Indian J Exp Biol 2000 Jun;38(6):607-9 -- Hypoglycemic, diuretic and hypocholesterolemic effect of winter cherry (Withania somnifera, Dunal) root. -- Andallu B, Radhika B. -- Department of Home Science, Sri Satya Sai Institute of Higher Learning, Anantapur 515001, India. _

Ashwagandha Herb Notes / Side Effects

Latin Names

Withania somnifera, Physalis flexuosa

Common Names

Ashwagandha, Winter Cherry, Ashgandh, Achuvagandi, Amikkira-gadday, Amkulang-kalang, Amukkira-kilzhangu, Amukran-kizhangu, Asagandha, Asana, Asgandh, Asundha, Asvagandhi, Fatarfoda, Hirimaddina-gadday, Hirre-gadday, Penneroo-gadda, Pevette, Sogade-beru

Suggested Properties

Strengthens immune system, antioxidant, rejuventaing. abortifacient, adaptogen, antibiotic, aphrodisiac, astringent, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-anxiety, anti-tumor, immuno-modulating, diuretic; narcotic, sedative, tonic.


Increase immunity to colds & infections, vitality, male fertility and libido. Combats impotence and helps regulate blood sugar.

Indicated for

Insomnia Slows tumor growth Anxiety Reduces Cholesterol

May increase the effects of barbiturates, use in combination with sedatives should be avoided. As a central nervous system depressant, or tranquilizer, the herb should be used in moderation.

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Kathryn McMorrow 's avatar  Kathryn McMorrow 27/02/2014 20:58

Well, then I guess you'd have nothing to compare it with as far as prescription tranquilizers. I am sensitive to benzodiazepines, especially valium, which has a terrifying effect once a dose wears off, just a 5 mg dose twice a day will completely lock up my muscles exactly when the next dose should be taken, it becomes difficult to move my arms enough to swallow the tablet! Imagine the effects on my poor heart! Needless to say, I totally went cold turkey after only 8 days and that was extremely rough and actually medically ill-advised, to say the least. If I could do it over I would try at least to taper off a bit! But having taken my first "ingestion" of about 1/2 teaspoon ashwaganda powder in the early evening yesterday, I can say it has extremely sedating and narcotic qualities. It doesn't knock me out completely, but in a different manner it does paralyze parts of the CNS to relax the body but also I felt it made my skin and muscles extremely sensitive, it re-engineered light touch and massage to heights of exotic, erotic experience! Unfortunately, it gave me a lingering frontal lobe headache that was not severe, but an undesirable invite. Needless to say, it definitely is strongly aphrodisiac, so keep it out of your system if you can't handle feeling so very aroused!

lora 's avatar  lora 29/11/2010 15:15

hello iam lora, i have a fibrous tumor , and this herb after taking for a month , has caused it to disappear some, also i sleep much better now, and i dont get depressed and sad.... i had been taking depression meds for years, 6yrs ago i decided i want to stop taking them so i did, and i started herbal meds, and i been much happier, there are a ton of them out there that target depression, but the best i found was ashwaganda, its the best .... i do applecidar vinegar also for other major health properties skin hair etc.... ashwaganda is supreme cause it does a lot of things others dont do for you... pleas try this you will be glad you did

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Barb 's avatar  Barb 25/11/2012 19:20

Does anyone know if it can be used by someone with a heart problem please

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Amrita Sharma 's avatar  Amrita Sharma 05/10/2013 17:26

Ashwagandha has treated me of stress, anxiety, cognitive impairment, depression .

Great Medicine !

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Karthikob 's avatar  Karthikob 21/04/2012 08:40

This site is amazing... After reading Ashwagandha side effects from this site, i started researching more before i use it. Im clear now that how to use it and howmuch good this herb for human. Its Great

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Ginni Gurvinder 's avatar  Ginni Gurvinder 14/04/2011 14:46

good information about it

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