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General
  • Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), also known as Indian ginseng, Winter cherry, Ajagandha, Kanaje Hindi and Samm Al Ferakh, is a plant in Solanaceae or nightshade family.It grows as a stout shrub that reaches a height of 170cm. Like the tomato which belongs to the same family, ashwagandha bears yellow flowers and red fruit, though its fruit is berry-like in size and shape. Ashwagandha grows prolifically in India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.
  • Ashwagandha is one of the most widespread tranquillisers used in India, where it holds a position of importance similar to ginseng in China. It acts mainly on the reproductive and nervous systems, having a rejuvenative effect on the body, and is used to improve vitality and aid recovery after chronic illness. The plant is little known in the West.

Cultivation

  • Ashwagandha is usually grown in fields which are not well covered by the irrigation systems. The field on which food crops cannot be taken profitably for the above reason may be used for Ashwangandha cultivation. The soil of the field selected for Ashwagandha cultivation is well pulverized by ploughing, disking and/or harrowing. The field may be then levelled by the application pat.
  • Withania somnifera ( ashwagandha ), sanskrit name ashwagandha literally means horse vitality. This is one of the most famous herbs in ayurveda (science of life). Some studies have shown that this herb is more superior and effective than korean ginseng and has been safely used in ayurveda (indian herbal system) for thousands of years. This ayurvedic rejuvenative herb is used in many tonics and many formulations due to its numerous health benefits.
  • It is kapha, vatta shamak, adaptogenic and immunostimulant. it is used as an antiarthritic, anti- inflammatory, antitumor, antipeptic, ulcer, anti-stress, adaptogen, aphrodisiac, growth promoter, immunostimulent, nervine sedative and has anxiolytic property.

Applications

  • Ashwagandha has been used as an herbal remedy for hundreds of years. It has many applications, and has been used by Native Americans and Africans to treat inflammation, fevers, and to protect against infection or illness. It has also been used to boost the immune system, improve memory, and to promote overall wellness.
  • Ashwagandha is a powerful Rasayana, meaning that it acts as an overall tonic for greater vitality and longevity. It nourishes all the bodily tissues (Dhatus), including the joints and nerves. It is also a powerful Madhya Rasayana, which means that it enhances all three aspects of mind power (Dhi -- comprehension; Dhriti -- memory; and Smriti -- recollection).

Market

  • Recent research has discovered another species called Nagouri Ashwagandha of the same family, which is only found in the Nagaur region of Rajasthan.The cultivated variety normally contains more Withanolides though it looks thinner. Bright, brittle and thick varieties are still preferred in the market.
  • The market report states that Over 150 ashwagandha accessions collected from all over India and chemoprofiled, Contrasting chemotypes identified, Pharmacological studies of selected plants underway and Positioning Ashwagandha in global herbal market through systematic scientific validation.

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