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An Indian herb (Withania somnifera), available in many forms; purported use in inflammation, tumors; has been suggested for use as an antidepressant. Clinical studies ongoing into its efficacy.
Synonym(s): Indian ginseng.
[Sansk., horse smell]


, ashvagandha (ăsh-wă-găn′dă, -vă-) [Sanskrit aśvagandha, horse smell]
An herbal extract of Withania somnifera, employed in ayurvedic medicine as an adaptogen, an aphrodisiac, an immune stimulant, and a tonic.

ashwagandha (äsh·wä·gän·dh),

n Latin name:
Withania somnifera; parts used: leaves, roots, whole plant; uses: in Ayurveda, balances kapha and vata doshas (bitter, pungent, light, oily), general tonic herb, adaptogen, antiinflammatory, antiviral, hepatoprotection, antioxidant, antitumor, antistress effects, memory improvement, immunomodulator, lowers high blood pressure; precautions: none known. Also called
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Powerful adaptogens help to awaken, re-energize, and de-stress the body through robust super herbs like Cat's Claw, Maca, Reishi, Matcha, Ashwagandha, Ginseng, and Eleuthero.
A prospective, randomized double-blind, placebo-controlled study of safety and efficacy of a high-concentration full-spectrum extract of ashwagandha root in reducing stress and anxiety in adults.
Natreon's Sensoril (Withania somnifera), also known as Ashwagandha in Ayurveda, is a potent adaptogen used to promote health and longevity by augmenting the body's defense mechanisms against disease, arresting the aging process, revitalizing the body in debilitated conditions, and creating a sense of well-being, the company said.
Key ingredients include the organic and uniquely neuroprotective herbs, bacopa monieri, centella asiatica, ashwagandha root and whole shankpushpi herb.
Body Stress Relief features ashwagandha, a long-trusted Ayurvedic herb that promotes balanced hormones and a healthy immune system.
Drink in the restorative and vitalizing benefits of ashwagandha, an ayurvedic herb that is believed to help our bodies adapt to stress.
Withania somnifera Dunal (WS, family: Solanaceae) also known as Ashwagandha or Winter Cherry is a plant commonly used in Ayurvedic medicine to treat several diseases (Alam et al.
Herbs like Guggulu, Dashamool, Shallaki, Triphala and Ashwagandha are used in the treatment of OA and have no side effects, so these can be taken for longer durations without any complications.
Ayurvedic herbs used for curing insomnia include the Indian sorrel, rauwolfia, aniseed, ashwagandha, brahmi, jatamansi, lemon balm, passion flower and chamomile.
Ashwagandha - "A herb used in ayurvedic medicine, it's relaxing and anti-inflammatory.
Extraction of Ashwagandha by conventional extraction method and evaluation of its anti-stress activity, International Journal of Green pharmacy, 4(3): 183-185.