Ashwagandha Benefits

Latin Name

Withania somnifera

Also Known As

Winter cherry


India and Africa

Parts Used


Traditional Use and Health Benefits

Ashwagandha is the tonic for the 21st century lifestyle, it is said to bring "the strength of a stallion". It is known as Indian Ginseng. It is used extensively in Ayurvedic medicine. Ashwagandha is rejuvenating and strengthening to the nervous system, and it works as a mild depressant to the over agitated nerves whilst nourishing and protecting. So it is excellent for stress induced disorders such as Insomnia, Anxiety, Neurosis. Ashwagandha is an adaptogen, so it helps the body and mind adapt to stress that cannot be avoided, whilst strengthening and calming the mind and body. It is an Aphrodisiac and is known to balance male and female sex hormones. It improves sexual performance in men, as well as increasing semen production and male libido. It can bring relief to impotency and treat infertility. Although it is known as a men's tonic it can be taken by women when strength is needed in conditions of debility.

Ashwagandha is known to slow the aging process and help tissue building, and can be helpful in conditions of emaciation and weak immune system. It is an anti-inflammatory and can be helpful in rheumatism. It also known to be a tonic for the heart and lungs. It has also proved to be excellent in treating Hay fever because of its immune system balancing properties.

Typical Use

Ashwagandha tincture - 2-3ml taken 2-3 times per day.

Ashwagandha powder - 2-6 grams taken 2-3 times per day.

Folklore and History

This herb has been used for 4000 years plus in India. It is a very important herb in Ayurveda, the traditional Indian medicine. It is used for tumors, inflammation (including arthritis), and a wide range of infectious diseases. The shoots and seeds are also used as food and to thicken milk in India. Traditional uses of Ashwagandha among tribal peoples in Africa include fevers and inflammatory conditions. Ashwagandha is frequently a constituent of Ayurvedic formulas, including a relatively common one known as shilajit.


Withanoloids and alkaoids.


Do not take if congested. No significant side effects have been reported with Ashwagandha.The herb has been used safely by children in India. Its safety during pregnancy and lactation are unknown.