Ashwagandha


Withania somnifera, most commonly called Ashwagandha, is a small perennial shrub. Its roots are harvested in winter often from poor and disturbed soils extending from parts of the Middle East, through India into western China and south into parts of Africa. It is a dynamic plant that is classified as a ‘rasayana’ in Ayurvedic medicine, or a rejuvenating tonic. The modern term to describe Ashwagandha would be ‘adaptogen’. The use of Ashwagandha root has been documented in various traditional Ayurvedic texts, the oldest being the Kasyapa-Samhita from 600 A.D. Ashwagandha, has a multitude of translations, all alluding to the vitality of a horse. In addition to supporting sleep, Ashwagandha is commonly used to support daytime energy and stress.

What is Ashwagandha Used For?

Adaptogens support the ability of an organism to cope with stress and thereby conserve energy. Ashwagandha rejuvenates and tonifies the entire system, especially the endocrine and immune systems.