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Universal Herb: Ashwagandha Chemistry and Gardening

The name of ashwaganda, one of the most universal herbs used for more than four thousand years and generally known for its tranquillizing and rejuvenating abilities, comes from its peculiar odor that resembles the sweaty horse. Well, not all the herbs are meant to be aromatic - especially when it is hard to find the one that would be so generally applied for such a number of medical conditions.

In particular, ashwagandha has been used for the handling of such conditions as alcoholism, insomnia, memory loss, stress, sexual debility, infertility, builds semen, immune system problems, breathing difficulty, anemia, rheumatism, rheumatic swellings, muscle energy loss, Alzheimerís disease, as HIV and AIDS support, for general strength during and after cancer chemotherapy. It is widely known in traditional Indian medicine (ayurveda) as the remedy for various inflammations, infectious diseases and tumors, possessing tranquillizing and rejuvenating abilities.

Taken altogether, the actions of the herb made ashwagandha generally known as adaptogen or tonic. Its main active components, alkaloids and withanoloids enable multiple applications of ashwagandha, these steroidal molecules inhibit inflammation, improve memory and stimulates the immune system. Flavonoids and other active ingredients of the withanolide class produce the properties of the herbís anti-inflammatory, anti-tumor, anti-stress, antioxidant, mind-boosting, and rejuvenating effect.

Ashwagandha is native for India, Pakistan and Shri Lanka, where it favored sandy, loamy and clayed soils. The plant requires well-drained ground and grows best in the moist soils where the good sun disposure is provided. Ashwagandha is frost tender and does not stand low temperatures.

The herb is propagated from herbaceous stem cuttings, by direct sow of seeds outdoors in fall (indoors before last frost), or by direct seeds sow after last frost. Ashwagandha can be grown annualy, with flowering and fruiting in its first year from the seed. For the seed collection the unblemished fruit should be ripe. The seeds are then collected and dried, and can be successfully stored.

One can recognize ashwagandha by the erect branched shrub with a lurid yellow or greenish flowers. The root is the major part of the herb that is used for various remedy preparations. Being narcotic, it possesses diuretic and deobstruent, tonic, alterative and aphrodisiac features. Seeds are used to coagulate milk, though they also contain poisonous properties. The herbís leaves are usually used as anthelmintic remedy and are applied to carbuncles. Ashwagandha fruit is rich in saponins, so can be used as a soap substitute.

So that is the universal ashwagandha. You can learn more about how it is used in ayurvedic medicine browsing our site further.

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2011-02-21 21:35:13
I have looked around seems there a different ways of preparing this herb, but the recipe I will try this year will be, putting 100 mg of root into 500ml of drinking alcohol ( Vodka or rum 100 proof ) and let it sit for 2 weeks, strain, then put into dark class container, only take 1 teaspoon a day, I can see by the dosage recommended that this must be strong stuff, I'll experiment with dosage, I want to have this as a general tonic, remember that tonics like ginseng work better the longer you use them. Aswagandha should be no different.
2010-09-25 22:41:59
I just started taking this, herb. I take 1,200 mg. I noticed it helps me relax and sleep. It has only been 2 days, so I am waiting to see if it helps with memory. Does anyone know if in Chinese medicine this herb is concidered to be a warming or hot herb. I was told by a chinese doctor that I should stay away from warming and hot herbs, and that I needed cooling herbs.
2010-05-19 16:37:56
A great herb as an aphrodisiac...and what a great name it has !
2009-12-31 18:57:53
I have been taking the liquid for a few days and it helps me sexually. Havent notice for memory which was what I purchase it for but sex wise it is good for men. It does relieve stress tension in the body.
2009-10-30 00:32:21
2009-09-21 07:00:58
I just started using Ashwagandha, but found to have some constipation issues - usually not a problem. And the only thing different I have done is taking this herb. How about anyone else??
2008-04-16 00:49:29
what a site it is i found today only it helps me salvveing my family helath problems
2008-02-13 10:57:04
Nice Site, Good Information. I found this drug makes me a bit nervous, I have slimmed down to a smaller amount... overall it is an irritant. I have had good luck with other herbs, this one I am hesitant to use regularly.
2006-12-12 12:15:15
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