Ashwagandha, Winter Cherry

Scientific name: Withania somnifera; Solanaceae ashwagandha

Part Used: root

Energetics: bitter, astringent, sweet/heating/sweet

Tissues: muscle, fat, bone, marrow and nerve, reproductive

Systems: reproductive, nervous, respiratory

Actions: tonic, rejuvenative, aphrodisiac, nervine, sedative, astringent

Indications: general debility, sexual debility, nerve exhaustion, convalesce, problems of old age, emaciation of children, loss of memory, loss of muscular energy, spermatorrhea, tissue deficiency, insomnia, paralysis, weak eyes, rheumatism, skin affliction, cough, difficult breathing, anemia, fatigue, infertility, glandular swelling.

Adaptogenic herb that lowers cholesterol, balances thyroid hormones, strengthens the immune system, enhances stamina, overcomes adrenal fatigue, improves brain functions, contains 18 different fatty acids and polyphenols

Ashwagandha, is the best rejuvenative herb in Ayurveda, particularly for the muscles, marrow and semen and for Vata constitution. It is used in all conditions of weakness and tissue deficiency in children, the elderly, those debilitated by chronic diseases, those suffering from overwork, lack of sleep or nervous exhaustion.

Sattvic in quality, it is one of the best herbs for the mind upon which it is nurturing and clarifying. It is calming and promotes deep, dreamless sleep.

It also regenerates the hormonal system, promotes healing of tissues, and can be used externally on wounds, sores etc. Five grams of the powder can be taken twice a day in warm milk or water, sweetened with raw sugar.

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