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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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Indian Ginseng or Winter Cherry, this herb has tonic and immunity building properties.
Although this product is popularly called Indian ginseng, the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 (Farm Bill) banned commercial use of the name "ginseng" for any product not containing the herb in the genus Panax.
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For better circulation Known as Indian ginseng, ashwagandha is a small evergreen shrub, which is used in Indian Ayurvedic medicine to treat stress.
ASHWAGANDA (Withania somnifera) is an Ayurvedic remedy widely used in Indian medicine and often known as Indian Ginseng.
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