Withania somnifera

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Ayurvedic medicine
An Indian shrub regarded as a tonic for the bone marrow, muscles and other tissues; it is used internally for fatigue, heart disease, hay fever, indigestion, infertility, loss of libido, multiple sclerosis and rheumatic complaints, and topically for skin conditions—e.g., abscesses, cuts, and ringworm; it is believed to be an aphrodisiac and prevent male sterility.
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Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) is an adaptogen, meaning it helps combat stress in the body while replenishing energy reserves.
Anti-inflammatory compounds termed withanolides in the plant Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) reduces NF-kB levels.
A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, crossover study examining the hormonal and vitality effects of ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) in aging, overweight males.
Sabinsa has raised the quality bar for the popular adaptogen ashwagandha with Shagandha Ashwagandha Root Extract 2.5% USP from Withania somnifera, assured to comply with the U.S.
(2012) have proved that hydro- alcoholic extract of Withania somnifera roots was rich in anti-IBDV compounds.
Withania somnifera (ashwagandha) root, a member of the Solanaceae family, also has a long history of use and would be considered an adaptogen.
However, Kumar and Kulkarni showed that the polyherbal formulation of Withania somnifera (WS) (similar species as that of WC) significantly (P < 0.05) blocked the haloperidol-induced catalepsy in mice.
(17) compared naturopathic care once per week for 30 minutes over 12 weeks, a supplement of Withania somnifera and an adult multivitamin with psychotherapy comprising patient-directed counselling and cognitive behaviour therapy for 30 minutes each week for 12 weeks and a matched supplement placebo in the treatment of anxiety.
Withania somnifera as an immune modulator for cancer and diabetic patients.
Direct evidence for GABAergic activity of Withania somnifera on mammalian ionotropic GABAA and GABArho receptors.
Ambrex, a licensed polyherbal formulation consists of five 'Generally-Safe' Indian herbs: Withania somnifera, Cycas circirnalis, Shorea, robusta, Orchis mascula and amber (a resin from Pinus succinifera) that are blended together in accordance to the Siddha-system of medicine.