Withania somnifera (Ashwagandha)
Ashwagandha, also know as “Indian Ginseng”, is a well known adaptogenic root with a long history of use where it grows in India, Nepal, China & Yemen. One of the most commonly used Ayurvedic plant medicines, Ashwagandha is a potent adaptogen that is commonly used to help minimize the effects anxiety and stress, both physical and mental. Medicinal doses of this root are used to support improved memory and focus, as well as reducing symptoms of OCD and ADHD.
Neuroprotective attributes make this herb a wonderful ally to help us age gracefully. With neurodegenerative disorders becoming more prevalent, we believe in the wisdom of preventative protocols and the investment in our own wellness, and the wellness of our loved ones. Ashwagandha is being studied as a treatment to support the alleviation of cognitive defects in Alzheimer’s disease, as well as helping to reduce oxidative damage and physiological abnormalities in Parkinson’s disease.
Traditionally, Ashwagandha has been seen as a fortifying tonic herb, almost as a veritable panacea, useful in strengthening, regulating, and fortifying our various organ systems and tissues. Its medicinal properties work within our systems to help us achieve optimal balance and harmony. By supporting increased fertility, weight loss, and increased muscular strength through its effects on our hormonal system, Ashwagandha works with us to support overall present and long term health.
Our Ashwagandha Spagyric is a strong and earthy preparation, with a taste that blends well with herbal teas or coffee. Take 5-7 drops in a beverage, or right on the tongue or in a bit of water to bring the benefits and energy of this root ally into your day.
See our Ashwagandha Spagyric here.
Planetary Ruler: Jupiter
Energetics: bitter, sweet, warm
Meridians/Organs: lungs, kidney
Part used: root
Active constituents: somniferin, withanolides, withaferin A, steroidal lactones, tropine, cuscohygrine, triterpinoids, flavonoids, tannins, phenols, saponins
Properties: yang tonic, sedative, astringent, aphrodisiac, adaptogen, anticancer, neuroprotective