Advantages Has anti-stress, adaptogenic, rejuvenating, aphrodisiac, diuretic, anti-inflammatory, anti-ageing, anti-oxidant, antibacterial, anti-tumour, antibiotic, and memory boosting properties
Disadvantages To be avoided by people with peptic ulcers
Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), also known in English as "Winter Cherry", is a commonly used herb in Indian traditional medicine, Ayurveda. Roughly translated as "Science of Life", Ayurveda is one of the world's oldest medical systems, which has a positive concept of health to be achieved through a blending of physical, mental, social, moral and spiritual welfare. Ayurvedic herbs have been effectively and safely used in India for thousands of years. Amongst all these important herbs is Ashwagandha, one of the best researched and effective herbs in Ayurveda. Unfortunately, very little is known about this herb in the West, which explains its lack of popularity here.Ashwagandha is a Sanskrit word and when literally translated means "having the smell of a horse". The name must have probably originated from the odour of its root which resembles that of a horse.
In what forms is Ashwagandha available?
Ashwagandha is available in the form of powder, liquid extract or in the form of capsules. The powder is brown in colour with a characteristic odour and slightly bitter taste. Thus consuming Ashwagandha in the form of capsules is the most desired form of intake. A bottle of 60 capsules costs around £7.50 and is easily available on the websites selling Ayurvedic products. One such site is http://www.ohmhealthcare.com. Ashwagandha is also often combined with other herbs in a number of useful preparations.
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