Ashwaganda- The Extraordinary Rejuvenator


An important drug in Ayurveda with Rasayana Properties ( Rejuvenative Properties), usually taken by children as a tonic and by the elderly to promote longevity. The name is derived from ‘Ashwa’ meaning ‘Horse’ and ‘Gandha’ meaning ‘Smell’- The drug smells like a Horse. Ashwagandha also instills in the consumer the strength of a Horse. Hence the name ‘Ashwagandha’.

Botanical Name: Withania somnifera
English Name: Indian Winter Cherry
Sanskrit Name: Ashwagandha, Vajini
Malayalam Name: Amukkuram

Medicinal Properties of Ashwagandha

Rejuvenation- Enhances longevity Immunomodulation- Enhances the immunity of the person
Anti-neoplastic- Acts against new cancer cells Antipruritic- Acts against itching
Aphrodisiac Anti-ageing
Psychotropic Functions especially diseases like Parkinsonism and Alzheimer’s Disease Improves Impotency and Erectile Dysfunction
Improves Infertility Anti-ulcerogenic- Reduces Gastric Ulcers
Anti-helminthic- Gets rid of worms



-Withaferin A, Withanone, Withasomniferin A, Tropine, Sominone, Withasomnine, Nicotine, Withanone, Somnitol, Somniferin, etc


Potential Side-effects of Ashwagandha

-Gastrointestinal Upset


-Nausea and Vomiting

-Pregnant Women and Patients with Borderline Hyperthyroidism and Immune Disorders should consume this drug with caution ie only after consulting a licensed Ayurveda Practitioner.

Important Ayurveda Formulations containing Ashwagandha

  • Aswagandharishtam
  • Chyavanaprasham
  • Ashwagandhadi Avaleha
  • Manasamitra Vataka -Brahmi Vati
CAUTION: All medications described here are being used solely for educational reasons. This does not replace seeking expert medical advice. Before using any drugs, please seek the advice of a licensed Ayurvedic practitioner. Please keep out of the reach of children.
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