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  • Ashwagandha – अश्वागंधा – Winter cherry – Withania somnifera

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    Ashwagandha | Winter cherry

    Scientific Name : Withania somnifera. | Part : Dried roots

    Ayurvedic Classification Description
    Sanskrit Name Ashwagandha (अश्वगंधा)
    English Name Winter cherry, Indian ginseng
    Botanical Name Withania somnifera
    Family Solanaceae
    Parts Used Roots, leaves
    Taste (Rasa) Bitter (Tikta), astringent (Kashaya), sweet (Madhura)
    Energy (Virya) Heating (Ushna)
    Post-Digestive Effect (Vipaka) Sweet (Madhura)
    Dosha Effect Balances all three doshas (Vata, Pitta, Kapha)
    Tissue (Dhatu) Affinity All tissues, especially nerve and reproductive tissues
    Channel (Srotas) Affinity Respiratory, reproductive, and nervous system
    Action (Karma) Rejuvenative (Rasayana), adaptogenic, calming (Sattvic), immune-stimulating, aphrodisiac, cognitive enhancer (Medhya Rasayana)

    Active compounds and benefits of Ashwagandha:

    Active Compounds Benefits
    Withanolides Anti-inflammatory, anti-tumor, immunomodulatory, neuroprotective, anxiolytic
    Alkaloids (such as somnine and somniferine) Sedative, analgesic, smooth muscle relaxant, anti-inflammatory
    Saponins (including sitoindosides) Adaptogenic, anti-stress, immune-boosting, anti-inflammatory
    Amino acids (including tryptophan) Calming, anti-anxiety
    Choline Cognitive enhancer, memory improvement
    Iron Nutritional support for healthy blood cells
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