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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amybamy_ 's avatar  amybamy_ 27/03/2015 16:52

You can't grow taller than the height you are meant to grow to. The only thing holding you back from growing to that height is a deficiency. Personally I am not well educated in which specific deficiencies will stunt your growth but I think there are better options out there.

Ashwagandha is an adaptogen which means it helps your body deal with stress. There are many side effects of stress, like anxiety, depression, adrenal fatigue, high blood pressure, erectile dysfunction and so on. Besides that it helps with inflammation (which causes pain and a variety of issues) and is antimicrobial.

What you need is to make sure your 14 year old is eating a balanced diet with a variety of vegetables and fruit, good fats - butter, fish, avocado, nuts, seeds, extra virgin olive oil (don't cook with the olive oil though) - and the best quality meat you can afford. If you don't eat meat adding nutritional yeast to your diet provides you with the missing B vitamins. Make sure your diet includes fermented foods (kimchi, sauerkraut, yogurt etc) to make sure you have the proper gut bacteria, and seaweed which is full of minerals. Both have been included in traditional diets for millennia.

Most regions of the world have a staple that provides the local people what they need to adapt to their environment. Maca in the mountains of Peru provides a variety of vitamins and minerals as well as helping you to adapt to the high elevation (as does osha which grows at high elevation). Mesquite, a tree that thrives in the desert, is a powerhouse of protein, fiber, calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron and zinc. Look to what the people in your area were eating over 100 years ago and most likely you will find nutritional wisdom.

amybamy_ 's avatar  amybamy_ 27/03/2015 16:24

Only if your dick is powerless due to anxiety. Ashwagandha works by blocking stress signals from getting to the brain.

Jes 's avatar  Jes 26/03/2015 21:49

Hello, is ashwagandha good for females with thyroid problems?

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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mama 's avatar  mama 06/02/2013 01:52

can ashwagandha be taken if i am on antidepressants

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Vikram 's avatar  Vikram 28/12/2011 13:07

can i take it as a supplement for body building

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