ashwagandha

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ash·wa·gan·dha

(ahsh-wă-gahn'dă)
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]
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ashwagandha

, 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.
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For instance, under Krttika the king's bath is performed with the "leaves of the nyagrodha, sirisa, and asvattha trees and scents" (nyagrodhasirisasvatthapatragandhas ca krttikasnane | YY 7.2ab), but under Raudra with "water containing (leaves, etc., of) the vaca, asvagandha, and priyamgu plants" (raudre vacdsvagandhapriyamgumisrair jalaih ...| YY 7.3cd).