Ashwagandha Root {Withania somnifera}

Ashwagandha, a traditional Ayurvedic herb known for its ability to increase libido for both sexes, stamina and energy. Known as the “Fountain of Youth” Ashwagandha is a rejuvenative tonic especially indicated for muscles and marrow. It is a powerful nervine.

The root is an aphrodisiac, and has been used to treat any nervous system disease.  It is used to treat nervous exhaustion, poor memory, muscle weakness and impotence.  If a person is very weak, the strength of ashwagandha root seems to penetrate into the core of one’s being.

Ashwagandha root is bitter in taste, warming in action, and a strong rasayana (essence) tonic for longevity.  It calms and strengthens the nervous system (Vata); reduces stress; strengthens immunity and vitality; supports adrenal function; increases sexual energy;  improves cognition and memory; nourishes thyroid.

Family: Solanaceae

Habitat: Native to India, the Mediterranean and Middle East

Part used: Root & leaf

Associated Systems
Cardiovascular system, Immune System, Female Reproductive System, Male Reproductive System, Endocrine System, Nervous System, Musculoskeletal System

Cardiovascular Adaptogenic, Immune Anti-Inflammatory, Immune Adaptogen, Immune Anti-Oxidant, Immune Immunomodulator, Female Reproductive Aphrodisiac, Female Reproductive Adaptogen, Male Reproductive Adaptogen, Endocrine Thyroid Stimulant, Endocrine Adrenal Trophorestorative, Nervous Cognitive Enhancer, Nervous Adaptogen for Stress, Nervous Relaxant, Nervous Sedative Hypnotic, Nervous Antispasmodic, Nervous Anxiolytic, Musculoskeletal Immunomodulator,  General tonic, Rejuvenating, Adaptogen, Anti-tumor, Astringent, Anti-anemic

Depression, Irritability, Forgetfulness, Stress, Coughs and wheezing, Hepatitis and liver cirrhosis, Skin rashes

Warnings & Interactions: 2bA {Safety Chart}

These monographs are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or illness. It is always advisable to consult with your trusted Herbalist or healthcare professional prior to use. Click here to book your appointment.

Find a complete list of references for this monograph and a review of its evidence based applications in “Naturopathic Botanical Medicine” by Dr. Anthony Godfrey, and Paul Richard Saunders with Kerry Barlow, Cindy Gilbert, Mathew Gowan and Fraser Smith.

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