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Withania / Withania somnifera


Family:

Solanaceae

Genus:

Withania

Species:

somnifera

Folk / Common Names:

Ashwagandha , Ajagandha, Indian Ginseng, Kanaje, Samm Al Ferakh

Actions:

Aphrodisiac, astringent, nervine, rejuvenative, sedative, tonic

Part(s) Used:

Roots, leaf and berry .

Constituents:

alkaloids, withanine being the main constituent. The other alkaloids are somniferine, somnine, somniferinine, withananine, pseudo-withanine, tropine, pseudo-tropine, 3-a-gloyloxytropane, choline, cuscohygrine, isopelletierine, anaferine and anahydrine. Two acyl steryl glucoside viz. Sitoindoside VII and sitoindoside VIII have been isolated from root. The leaves contain steroidal lactones, which are commonly called withanolides. The withanolides have C28 steroidal nucleus with C9 side chain, having six membered lactone ring.( reference Wikipedia )

Uses:

The indications as stated in the Yoga of Herbs ( Dr. Vasant Lad and Dr. David Frawley ) are :

Majikal Uses:

Notes:

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