Ashwagandha


Article Outline
  1. 1. Composition
  2. 2. Healing Properties
    1. 2.1. Adaptogen
    2. 2.2. Antiinflammatory
    3. 2.3. Antimicrobial
      1. 2.3.1. Antibiotic (Antibacterial)
      2. 2.3.2. Antifungal
    4. 2.4. Antioxidant
    5. 2.5. Anxiolytic
    6. 2.6. Aphrodisiac
    7. 2.7. Cardioprotective
    8. 2.8. Immunomodulator
    9. 2.9. Longevity
    10. 2.10. Reproductive Health
  3. 3. Disease / Symptom Treatment
    1. 3.1. Anxiety
    2. 3.2. Arthritis
    3. 3.3. Asthma
    4. 3.4. Diabetes
      1. 3.4.1. Insulin Resistance
    5. 3.5. Fatigue
    6. 3.6. Emaciation
    7. 3.7. Fibromyalgia
    8. 3.8. Hypothyroid
    9. 3.9. Insomnia
    10. 3.10. Low Libido

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

(Heart Health)

Immunomodulator

Longevity

Reproductive Health

Disease / Symptom Treatment

Anxiety

Arthritis

Asthma

Diabetes

Insulin Resistance

Fatigue

Emaciation

Fibromyalgia

Hypothyroid

Insomnia

Low Libido


  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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