Ashwagandha Root Powder – Edible
INCI : Withania somnifera (Edible grade)
Other names : Winter cherry, Indian ginseng
Parts used : Roots
Country of Origin : India
Source : Roots are washed, dried & Powdered at source
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.
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
Ashwagandha is commonly known as winter cherry or Indian ginseng .It is recognised as an important medicinal plant in traditional systems of medicine . In Sanskrit “ashwa” means horse and “gandha” meaning smell. Thus the name ASHWAGANDHA was given to this plant due to the smell of the roots resembling that of a sweating horse.
Though there is no reference about it in Vedas. But all Ayurvedic classic literature like Charaka, Sushruta and Vagbhatta have elaborately mentioned the properties, action and therapeutic uses of Ashwagandha in their works.
Ashwagandha was first mentioned by sage Punarvasu Atreya over 4000 years ago. Subsequently the medicinal properties of this plant were mentioned in Ayurvedic books such as Charaka Samhita, Sushruta Samhita, Ashtanga etc .
It is a small woody shrub . Not more than 1.5 m above the ground. It has elliptical green leaves and small five petal flower . The seeds are red in colour . The plant requires little attention and irrigation , usually surviving in parched conditions where most of the vegetation would not survive .
Most parts of the plant are used in traditional medicine, including the leaves, bark and root.
COMPONENTS OF ASHWAGANDHA
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.
Aptly known as Indian Ginseng due to its rejuvenating and reviving effects on the nervous system .The mild effect of this herb makes it an ideal choice as supplement 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).
Why Ashwagandha at Herbalveda?
We at Herbalveda source our Ashwagandha specifically from the western part of the Indian subcontinent . The states of Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan that are well known for the best quality of the herb . The climatic and soil conditions are ideal for an extremely potent crop.
We harvest our Ashwagandha roots exactly on the ninth month specifically . The ninth month holds a major significance as by this time the roots are both tender and bursting in their chemical constitution . This makes them ideal for therapeutic use with maximum benefits.
By the ninth month the roots are in a maximum growth phase(maximum number of multiplying cells ).They are still supple and mellow. This prevents the dried herb from getting powdered or crushed .
The shelf life of herb is also greatly increased and remain in pristine state all its shelf life . These roots when powdered give a high grade and an extremely potent powder. The grains of the powder are much smoother and fine . This greatly enhances the usage as well as properties of the powder .
Disclaimer : We do not recommend intake of any herb without proper medical guidance.
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