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Ashwagandha

Last Updated May 3rd 2022, 12:41:16 am

Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) is a plant in the Solanaceae or nightshade family.

Also known as Indian ginseng, poison gooseberry, or winter cherry,

Composition

The green berries contain amino acids, a proteolytic enzyme, condensed tannins, and flavonoids. They contain a high proportion of free amino acids which include proline, valine, tyrosine, alanine, glycine, hydroxyproline, aspartic acid, glutamic acid, cystine and cysteine. The presence of a proteolytic enzyme, chamase, in the berries may be responsible for the high content of the amino acid.[1]

Healing Properties

Adaptogen

Antiinflammatory

Antimicrobial

The antibiotic activity of the roots as well as leaves has recently been shown experimentally.[1:1]

Antibiotic (Antibacterial)

Withania somnifera in concentration of 10g/ml inhibited the growth of various Gram-positive bacteria, acid-fast and aerobic bacilli, and pathogenic fungi.[1:2]

  • It was active against Micrococcus pyogenes var aureus and partially inhibited the activity of Bacillus subtilis glucose-6-phosphatedehydrogenase.[1:3]

Antifungal

Withania somnifera in concentration of 10g/ml inhibited the growth of various pathogenic fungi.[1:4]

Antioxidant

Anxiolytic

Aphrodisiac

Cardioprotective

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Immunomodulator

Longevity

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Diabetes

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  1. Title: Pharmacological and Phytomedicine Assessment of Withania Somnifera
    Publication: Indian Journal of Applied Research
    Date: Feb 2019
    Study Type: Chemical Analysis
    Author(s): Namrata Dwivedi, Kalpana Trivedi, I. P. Tripathi
    Institution(s): Faculty of Science & Environment, MGCGV, Chitrakoot, Satna, M.P.
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