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Indian Ginseng

Ashwaghanda or Indian Ginseng {Withania Somnifera}

In Ayurveda Indian Ginseng is called Ashwaghanda and it pacifies both vata and kapha doshas.


Ayurvedic Characteristics and Uses

  1. Effect on doshas – Decreases Vata and Kapha
  2. Taste  – Sweet, bitter, astringent
  3. Energetics – heating
  4. Main Action – Used as an adaptogen, helping the body’s resistance to stress, Helps nourish and rejuvenate tissues and imparting vigor and vitality
  5. Other Uses – Used for arthritis, Supports physical and mental stamina, Supports healthy functioning of the adrenals and reproductive system, Promotes restful sleep, clear mind and memory, Anti-inflammatory, Anti-cancer, Antiviral, Aphrodisiac, Diruetic, Hypotensive (reduces high blood pressure), Sedative



Modern Research

  1. Supports immune system protection, Improves learning, memory, and reaction time, Reduces anxiety and depression without causing drowsiness, Supports healthy back and joints, Stabilizes blood sugar, Lowers cholesterol, Reduces brain-cell degeneration, Contains anti-malarial properties, Offers anti-inflammatory benefits, Benefits a healthy reproductive system in both males and females