alterative, aphrodisiac, astringent, nervine, rejuvenative, sedative, tonic
Seeds possess the property of coagulating milk, but they also contain poisonous properties. Leaves and root are narcotic. Root is
diuretic and deobstruent, tonic, alterative and aphrodisiac.
Known as Indian ginseng, this herb builds marrow and semen, and inhibits
aging. It is one of the best herbs for the mind (clarity, nurturing).
cancer- for general strength during and after chemotherapy
immune system problems
mental function, clarity
muscle energy loss
nerve exhaustion, overwork, fatigue
rheumatism, rheumatic swellings
sexual debility, infertility, builds semen
women's health - stabilizes fetus, regenerates hormones
Action & Uses in Ayurveda &
Tikta, kashaya rasam ushna veeryam, katu vipakam, kapha vata haram.
Indications: Vranam, visham, aphrodisiac, strength giving, complexion improved, in kasam, swasam, soola, pandu, white leprosy,
pruritis, karappan, fatigue
Action & Uses in
cough, asthma, uterine diseases, expels balgham and
souda, aphrodisiac, puerperal tonic.
Here are some applications of this herb from western herbals:
Mental Problems Improved:
This is perhaps one of the most promising applications of this herb. In a reported study, this herb was given to 30 mental patients suffering from anxiety neurosis in doses of 40 ml/day. (in two equally divided doses.) for one month. At the end of the month, most of the anxiety disorders, panic attacks and similar mood phobias, had disappeared. In trials by American psychiatrists, this herb had been found useful for the treatment of manic depression, alcoholic paranoia, and schizophrenia.
Up to 4 capsules were given daily, in between meals, for 45-60 days with very good results. Learning enhancement and memory retention had improved substantially when aswagandha (3 capsules), gotu kola (2 capsules), and ginkgo biloba (2 capsules) were taken
regularly on a daily basis.
Anti-Tumor, Anti-Inflammatory Effects Noticed:
Studies with rats and human volunteers have shown that ashwagandha is helpful in putting cancer tumors into regression (used as an alcoholic root extract) and in reducing inflammation in rheumatoid arthritis. The plant's high steroid content was found to be more potent than hydrocortisone in animal and human arthritis. (Use 3000 to 6000 mg of the root powder or 500 mg 3 times daily of the alcoholic extract.)
Root and bitter leaves are used as a hypnotic in alcoholism and emphysematous
Root is used in doses of about 30 grains in consumption, emaciation of children, senile debility, rheumatism, in all cases of general debility, nervous exhaustion, brain-fag, low of memory, loss of muscular energy and spermator
rhoea. It infuses fresh energy and vigor in a system worn out owing to any constitutional disease like syphilis, rheumatic fever etc., or from over-work and thus prevents premature decay.
Powder of the root mixed with ghee and honey in equal parts is
prescribed for impotence or seminal debility. Take it in the evening, with milk.
Leaves are used as an anthelmintic and as an application to carbuncles.
Fruits or seeds are used as diuretic, and to coagulate milk.
Root is used as an application in obstinate ulcers and rheumatic
As nutrient and health restorative
A decoction of ashvagandha root
is useful as nutrient and health restorative to the pregnant and old people.
You can also take its powder with milk as an alternative.
promotes the nutrition and strength of children. For improving the nutrition of weak children, give this for a fortnight
For curing the sterility of women, Ayurveda practitioners often prescribe
a boiled down decoction of ashvagandha, milk and ghee. Take this for a few days, soon after the menstrual period.
For spermatorrhoea, loss of strength etc., a powder consisting of Asvagandha, sugar, ghee, honey and long pepper is
often given daily, with milk and rice diet.
Ashvagzndha root taken with milk or clarified butter acts as an aphrodisiac and restorative to old men.
Ashvagandha - Vidari Combination
herbal remedy for this condition.
Herbal Invigorator is useful for consumption, seminal debility, and to help the nutrition of weak children.
For lumbago, pains
The powder of Aswagandha and
sugarcandy, in ghee is often prescribed for lumbago, pains in the loins or small of the
Fresh green root of Asvagandha reduced to paste with cow's urine or with water heated
applied to the parts affected is useful for scrofulous and other glandular swellings.
Narayana Taila, an
Ayurvedic herbal remedy containing Aswagandha, is useful for consumption, emaciation of children and rheumatism and as an enema in dysentery and anal fistulae.
A ghrita prepared with a decoction and paste of
ashwagandha root is used internally and an oil prepared with a decoction of the root
and a number of aromatic substances in the form of a paste is used
externally for rheumatism.
For skin diseases:
Apply Ashvagandha powder well mixed
with oil to the skin.
For improving eyesight:
Take a mixture of Ashvagandha powder, liquorice powder and juice of emblic myrobalans.
Apply drops into the nose in deafness, and as an inunction over the body in hemiplegia, tetanus, rheumatism, and lumbago.
Use a decoction of the roots of Ashvagandha, Batatas paniculata and
liquorice, with cow's milk as a gatactagogue.