Information on Ashwaganda

Latin NameWithania somnifera
Part UsedRoot
Herb FormsTincture
AffectsEndocrine system, Immune system
CautionsAvoid during pregnancy.
Botanical InfoA small perennial shrub in the nightshade family with purple flowers and redish berries.
DescriptionAshwaganda has a long history of use in Ayurvedic medicine as a tonifying herb. It has been used for edema, coughs, skin diseases, and for increasing sperm count. It is indicated in anxiety disorders and in combination with other herbs for osteoarthritis. It is sometimes applied locally as an anti-inflammatory. Ashwaganda shows good immune-tonifying effects in laboratory studies. The herb is becoming a popular adaptogen, which is a substance that brings balance to the immune, hormonal and nervous systems, also counteracting stress and increasing endurance.

Ashwaganda has a taste of SWEET, BITTER and a temperature of COOL.


Decoction1/2 cup 2-3 x/day
Tincture20-40 dr 2-3x/day

Ailments Treated by Ashwaganda

AilmentTreatment SupportApplication
Immune deficiencyimmune toniccapsules, tincture, tea
Stressnerve tonictincture
Hypertensioncardiac tonicpowder, capsules


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Publications & Information Directorate. 1988. The Wealth of India. New Delhi: Publications & Information Directorate.