• Ashwagandha (Winter cherry)

    Posted on by Dr. Shweta Labde

    Ashwagandha or Withania somnifera is one of the immensely used herb in Ayurvedic practice due to its various beneficial uses and high rejuvinating potential. It is a small shrub 1-2mtrs high and bears small, round, red coloured fruit enclosed in a pod. It is named Ashwagandha in sanskrit because the roots smell like horse and the other reason is that it generates strength in the body equivalent to horse. The roots of Ashwagandha, also called “Indian Ginseng” helps in boosting immunity power of the body. Ashwagandha due to its hot potency pacifies kapha and vata dosha, and so is used in vata vyadhi, it is a good anti-inflammatory drug and also provides nourishment to adjoining tissues and other organs. It reduces pain and swelling in vata disorders. One of its active principle somniferin induces sleep and thus helps in mental relaxation. It is a good nervine tonic, it strengthens and nourishes nerve tissues and serves physical and mental relaxation. Improves mental ability, helps in gaining and retaining memory and improves mental concentration. Due to its anti-stress
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