Winter Cherry; Ashwagandha
The name Ashwagandha comes from the peculiar odor of this herb, smell
similar to a sweaty horse and because of its reputation for increasing
energy, strength, and stamina like that of a horse.
root is beneficial to people who do physical and mental labor or exercise
a lot. Withanolides are the most important bio-active constituents present
in roots of Ashwagandha. By virtue of these uses it is often referred to
as "Indian Ginseng".
is classified as tranquilizer, adaptogenic and anti-inflammatory, the
roots are used as excellent brain and nervine tonic which tones up
shattered nerves and sharpenes dull memory and also plays a significant
role in diuretic, aphrodisiac, immunomodulatory and antistress activity.
It is an important herb used in Ayurveda to combat stress and described as
Medhya Rasayana (beneficial to the brain). 3, 4 Recent
researches have observed that Ashwagandha acts as an antistress and
adaptogenic herb. Ashwagandha showed Anxiolytic-antidepressant activity,
use as a mood stabilizer. 5Experimentally it is proved
that Withania somnifera has a direct spermatogenic influence on the
seminiferous tubules of immature rats presumably by exerting a
6Withania somnifera (WS) root extract (ethanolic), which
contains oestrogen-like withanolides for anti-osteoporotic activity.
7Withania somnifera extract, which has been reported to have potent
anti-oxidant, anti-peroxidative and free radical quenching properties in
various diseased conditions. The study demonstrates that the extract of
Withania somnifera may be helpful in protecting the neuronal injury in