Ashwaganda is a member of the nightshade family, however it
should be noted that that like other Nightshades, Ashwaganda lacks
the poisonous attributes. Typically found and cultivated in India,
Ashwaganda has been popularly applied to those with overworked and
often hyper-tense lives. Ashwaganda is India's native answer to
Ginseng and it is currently being applied in Ayurvedic medicine to
treat hypertension and stress related ailments. Recent studies have
attempted to populate its use as a preliminary treatment for male
infertility and impotence problems.
Mainly consisting of withanolides,
glycosides and several different alkaloids.
Eastern and Western herbal medicine use the
dried root. Most notably, the dry, cut root. Berries of this plant
are mildly toxic to the stomach and gastrointestinal tract. No major
studies have released the benefits of the leaf.
Tea decoction from the root,
liquid herbal extract, herbal capsules (non-standardized) Dried
crushed or powdered roots can be applied to food or directly
Not much research has been carried out for
this particular botanical and to date there have not been any
released notes on possible medicinal contraindications, side effects
or potential health hazards. This particular root has been used
successfully for the last 3,000 years and the empirical evidence of
the ages speaks for itself. It comes highly recommended in times of
severe strife and stress-induced discomfort. However Ashwaganda
should not be consumed for long periods of time and is better
reserved for the "times of need".
Botanical safety guidelines in the US and
Germany have suggested that Ashwaganda may be a mild abortifacient
and it is not recommended for pregnant women.