Ashwagandha Root Powder

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Edible Ashwagandha Root Powder


Ashwagandha  is commonly known as winter cherry or Indian ginseng. Recognised as an important medicinal plant in traditional medicine. In  Sanskrit  “ashwa” means horse and “gandha” meaning smell. ASHWAGANDHA  the name was given to this plant due to the smell of the roots being like that of a  sweating horse.

There is no reference about it in Vedas, however in Ayurvedic classic literature like Charaka, Sushruta and Vagbhatta, there is reference to the properties, action and therapeutic uses of Ashwagandha in their works. Ashwagandha was first mentioned by sage Punarvasu Atreya over 4000 years ago.

It is a small woody shrub grows not  more than 1.5 m above the ground, with elliptical green leaves and small five petal flower. The seeds are red in colour. The plant doesn't need much attention or irrigation, surviving in parched conditions where most other vegetation does not survive .

Most parts of the plant are used in traditional medicine, including the leaves, bark and root.

Parts for this powder are the Roots. Country of Origin : India

Kingdom Plantae
Division Magnoliophyta
Class Magnoliopsida
Order Solanales
Family Solanaceae
Genus Withania

The roots are washed, dried & powdered at source.

Ashwagandha is rich in  alkaloids, steroidal lactones and saponins, and has been used for its purported antistress /adaptogenic, antitumor, tonic, anxiolytic, anti-inflammatory and antiarthritic properties.

ASHWAGANDHA ….A tonic for complete health and wellbeing !

It  is believed to have revitalising action on the nerves, bone marrow, and reproductive organs. Regular consumption is supposed to  have positive effect on weakness of brain. Supposedly helps to rectify abnormalities of the sense organs and hypo trophy of muscle. It may also help to rejuvenate the reproductive organs, and increase fertility.

A great stress buster it relieves, weakness, sexual debility, geriatric problems, memory loss, muscular weakness, insomnia, and cough.

Known as Indian  Ginseng because of its rejuvenating and reviving effects on the nervous system.This herb makes an ideal supplement choice for everyone.

Ashwagandha is also  found to be useful in epilepsy, stress, and neurodegenerative diseases (such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disorders, tardive dyskinesia, and cerebral ischemia).

Ayurvedic Classification
Rasa (taste): Katu (pungent), Tikta (bitter), Kashaya (pungent)
Guna (quality): Lagu (light), Snigdha (unctuousness)
Veerya (energy): Ushna (heating)
Vipaka (post digestive effect): Katu (pungent)
Prabhava (Special quality): none
 Dosha Effect: Pecifies Kapha & Vata-
Dhatus: Sukra, Mamsa, Meda, Majja
Srotas (channels): Rasavaha, Shukravaha, Artavaha, Majjavaha, Pranavaha

Known also by these other names : Ajagandha, Amangura, Amukkirag, Asan, Asana, Asgand, Asgandh, Asgandha, Ashagandha, Ashvagandha, Ashwaganda, Ashwanga, Asoda, Asundha, Asvagandha, Aswagandha, Avarada, Ayurvedic Ginseng, Cerise d’Hiver, Clustered Wintercherry, Ghoda Asoda, Ginseng Ayurvédique, Ginseng Indien, Hayahvaya, Indian Ginseng, Kanaje Hindi, Kuthmithi, Orovale, Peyette, Physalis somnifera, Samm Al Ferakh, Samm Al Rerakh, Sogade-Beru, Strychnos, Turangi-Ghanda, Vajigandha, Winter Cherry, Withania, Withania somnifera.

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