Accession Number: pdtdbp00047

Details of the Plant

Plant Name : Ashwagandha
Alternative Names : Indian Ginseng, Poison Gooseberry, Winter Cherry, அமுக்கரா, இருளிச்செவி, வராககர்ணி, இடிச்செவி
Scientific Name : Withania somnifera
Medicinal Parts : Leaf, Root, Fruit
Plant Category : Herb
2° Metabolites (2/27) :
Alanine, Alkaloid, Anhydride, Aspartic acid, Choline, Cuscohygrine, Cysteine, Diethyl ether, Dulcitol, Glutamic acid, Glycine, Glycosides, Hexane, Isopelletierine, Methanol, Pseudotopanol, Somniferine, Somniferinine, Somnine, Starch, 3-Tigioyloxytropana, Tropanol, Tyrosine, Withaferin-A, Withananine, Withancil, Withanine
Phytochemical IDs : pdtdbl00042, pdtdbl00083
Plant Description :
  • Ashwagandha is beneficial in stress related disorders, like arthritis, hypertension, diabetes, general debility, etc.
  • It works as a rasayan that helps in preventing early aging and rejuvenates the whole body.
  • The herb is considered as an adaptogen that stimulates the immune system and improves the memory.
  • Ashwagandha increases the white blood cell count and prepares the body to produce antigens against different infections and allergies.
  • Since it has excellent healing properties, it is greatly effective in healing wounds and injuries.
  • Due to its good penetrating powers, the herb promotes calmness and mental satisfaction.
  • Ashwagandha helps in increasing the number and quality of sperms.
  • It revitalizes the body and decreases untimely fatigue that is caused due to weak body strength, which results from accumulation of negative energies in the body.
  • Due to presence of vata-suppressant properties, ashwagandha relieves stress and helps in nurturing nervous system.
  • It provides nourishment to the brain for better functioning and greater ability to work.
  • Since the herb is a powerful aphrodisiac, it assists in enhancing sexual powers and promotes long-lasting endurance.
  • Ashwagandha seeds are used to thicken milk in India.
  • It helps in improving mental ability and mental concentration, gaining retaining power and increasing the production of bone marrow.
  • The herb works as a powerful immune booster that helps in fighting any foreign invasion in the body.
  • Since ashwagandha possesses the properties that suppress kapha, the plant gives good results in leucorrhoea.
  • It is used as a liver tonic and anti-inflammatory agent that treats asthma, ulcers, insomnia and senile dementia.
  • Incorporation of the herb in the diet prevents or decreases the growth of tumors in humans.
  • The use of ashwagandha is significant in anxiety, cognitive and neurological disorders, inflammation and Parkinson’s disease.
Plant Keywords : Ashwagandha, Withania somnifera, Indian Ginseng, Poison Gooseberry, Winter Cherry, அமுக்கரா, இருளிச்செவி, வராககர்ணி, இடிச்செவி
Plant References :
  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Withania_somnifera
  2. http://www.iloveindia.com/indian-herbs/ashwagandha.html
  3. http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-953-ashwagandha.aspx?activeingredientid=953&activeingredientname=ashwagandha
Ashwagandha

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