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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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ASHWAGHANDA (Winter cherry) Good for: Well known stress relief herb, increases capacity to deal with stress.
The herbs I use include the Chinese herb rehmannia, which is a kidney herb, as well as ashwaghanda and rhodiola, which are good for those whose nervous systems have been depleted.
Three tonic herbs support the adrenal glands--Eleuthero (Siberian ginseng), Ashwaghanda root (the ginseng of India) and Panax ginseng root.