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Withania somnifera (L.) Dunal
  • Family : Solanaceae
  • English : Winter cherry
  • Hindi : Asagandh, Punir
  • Gujarati : Ashwagandha
  • Sanskrit : Ashwagandha

  • Part used : Root

Botanical Description:  An erect, branched undershrub. Leaves simple, ovate upto 10 cm long; flowers greenish yellow in axillary fascicles; fruits globose berries which are orange coloured when mature, enclosed in a persistent calyx. The fleshy roots when dry, cylindercal, gradually tapering down with a brownish white surface and pure white inside when broken. Flowering and Fruiting from August to Febuary.

It is found throughout the drier parts of India.

Ayurvedic Properties and Uses:

  • Rasa : Tikta, Kasaya
  • Guna : Laghu
  • Virya : Usna
  • Vipaka : Madhura
  • Karma : Rasayana, Vatakaphapaha, Balya, Vajikarana

Modern Pharmacological Action:  The leaves are used in Ayurvedic and Unani systems for treatment of tumors and tubercular glands. A number of withanolide steroidal lactones have been isolated from the leaves of W. somnifera and exhibits antibacterial, anti-fungal and antitumor properties. There are a number of reports elucidating the chemical and pharmacological properties of W. somnifera. Ashwagandha has been found to provide potent antioxidant protection, stimulate the activation of immune system cells, such as lymphocytes and phagocytes and counteract the effects of stress and generally promote wellness. Ashwagandha is reported to have anti-carcinogenic effects. Research on animal cell cultures has shown that the herb decreases the levels of the nuclear factor kappaB, suppresses the intercellular tumor necrosis factor, and potentiates apoptotic signalling in cancerous cell lines. Ashwagandha was tested for its anti-aging properties. Animal studies have shown that Ashwaganda may have an effect on thyroid activity. Further studies have also shown ashwagandha to be effective in the treatment of osteoarthritis18, inflammation, stroke and tardive dyskinesia. Ashwagandha has been shown to be a potential antimicrobial agent, with antifungal activity and moderate antibacterial activity against Staphyloccus aureus and Pseudomonas aeruginosa bacteria strains.

Our Products containing this ingredient

Ashwagandha Extract

  • Ashwagandha Capsule

Ashwagandha Herb

  • Lakshadi Guggal
  • Mahamash Oil
  • Mahanarayan Oil
  • Narayan Oil

Ashwagandha Processed Powder

  • Asecure Capsule
  • Ashwagandha Capsule

Ashwagandha Powder

  • Arow Tablet
  • Trichup Herbal Hair Powder

Ashwagandha Root Extract

  • Arow Tablet
  • Ashwagandha Capsule
  • Bonton Active Granules
  • Dazzle Capsule
  • Meryton Capsule
  • Meryton Syrup
  • Pep Up Syrup
  • Ranger Capsule
  • Ranger Syrup
  • Spark Capsule
  • Spark Royal Capsule