Ashwagandha is a powerful gift of nature and Ayurveda. It is used in treatment for anxiety, leucoderma, depression, insomnia, weight gain, weight loss, immunity, muscle strength, body building, anti oxidants, sexual stimulant and so on. The herb does it all and more.
Botanical name: Withania Somnifera Dunal
Vernacular names (names in other languages): Asgandha, Asgandh, Amukura, Askulang, Asvagandha.
Rasa (taste): Katu (pungent), Tikta (bitter), Kashaya (astringent)
Guna (qualities): Snigdha (oiliness, unctuousness) and Laghu (lightness)
Veerya: Ushna (hot potency)
Vipaka: Katu (undergoes pungent taste conversion after digestion)
Effect on the doshas: balances Tridosha, especially Kapha and Vata.
- It is one of the best immunity boosting herbs, also improves strength.
- Improves life expectancy, anti aging, elixir, improves body nourishment.
- Anti toxic, useful in detox programs.
- It helps in reducing blood pressure on oral intake.
- It is widely used in treating anxiety, depression, chronic fatigue syndrome, adrenaline fatigue, sleep disorders.
- Improves reproductive health for both men and women. It is useful in relieving dysmenorrhea (painful menstruation). Improves sexual performance, useful in premature ejaculation and in some cases of erectile dysfunction, acts as aphrodisiac. Improves semen quantity and quality.
- Useful in cough, cold.
- Useful in Vataja disorders – neurological and neuro-muscular disorders like paralysis.
- Useful to bring about quick wound and injury healing, brings down inflammation, relieves itching, useful in pruritis.
- Useful in leucoderma, on internal usage and external application.
- Useful in intestinal worm infestation.
- Useful in asthma, chronic respiratory diseases.
- Useful in treating muscle wasting, emaciation, post tubercular treatment to improve muscle mass and strength.
- It has diuretic action.
- It improves blood circulation, a very good anti oxidant, acts as a nervine tonic and soothes nerves. Hence, it is useful to relieve numbness.
- Can help both to loose and to gain weight. If one take these medicines in low dose – 5 – 10 gram or 10 ml per day and does good diet control and exercise, then these can improve muscle strength, reduce body stress and help in quick weight loss. Whereas, if they are given along with ghee, in high dose, with nourishing foods, can be useful in weight gain as well.
- Ashwagandha acts as a heart tonic. It improves strength of muscles of heart (cardiac muscles).
- Its external application in the form of root paste or in the form of oil (prepared in sesame oil base) is useful to relieve pain, inflammation, useful in skin diseases and in chronic non healing wounds.
- Its leaf or root paste is used externally to treat painful swellings, abscesses, cellulitis and sinuses.
If taken as tea
- It can be made into a herbal tea. 1 Teaspoon of its root powder is added to a cup of water, boiled for 3 – 5 minutes. Filtered. This – in 50 ml dose is the adult dose.
- If you wish, you can add other antiviral herbs and spices such as Guduchi, ginger, long pepper, cinnamon etc to this herbal tea mix.
- Ashwagandha can also be consumed in the form of powder – 3 – 5 grams, along with milk or water.
If taken as powder
- Ashwagandha Powder 3 – 6 g in divided dose per day.
Capsule – 250 – 500 mg – once or twice a day, based on doctor’s advice.
- Milk, water, yogurt, honey and ghee are a few co-drinks consumed along with Ashwagandha.
- If it is ghee, mix ashwagandha powder with ghee, make a paste and swallow with a cup of hot water. Used commonly in Pitta disorders.
- If it is sesame oil, mix ashwagandha powder with sesame oil, make a paste and swallow with a cup of hot water. Used commonly in Vata disorders – brain and neurological diseases, weak muscles etc.
- If it is honey, mix ashwagandha powder with honey, make a paste and swallow with a cup of cold water. Always remember to use cold water while using honey.
- If it is yogurt, the yogurt should not be very sour. If it is very sour, it can increase Pitta – heat in the body. Keep in mind that Ashwagandha is also slightly heat producing. Hence, this precaution.
- I it is best to take it, 30 minutes after food. If Ashwagandha milk remedy is made, then it can be taken before food, based on your doctor’s advice.
- For children, in the form of herbal ghee or herbal milk, Ashwagandha can be administered from 1 year of age. In elders, there is no age limit. In appropriate lower doses, it can be administered even to very old people, under medical supervision.
50g-1kg. Available whole and powdered.
Store in a cool dry place.