Many closely related species like Withania coagulans (Dunal) – Paneer dodi, Ashutosh booti (Sanskrit, Hindi) are morphologically very similar to the species.
The herb holds a place in the Ayurvedic pharmacology and it is similar to ginseng in Chinese medicine, yet it is far less expensive. It is the best rejuvenative herb, particularly for the muscles, marrow, semen and for Vata constitution.
It's used in all conditions of weakness and tissue deficiency in children, the elderly, those debilitated by chronic diseases, those suffering from overwork, lack of sleep or nervous exhaustion.
For such regenerative purposes, it can be taken as a milk decoction to which may be added raw sugar, honey, pippai and basmati rice.
Ashwagandha Inhibits Aging And Promotes Healing
Even better, this herb is calming and promotes deep, dreamless sleep.
Ashwagandha is a good food for weak pregnant women since it helps to stabilize the fetus. It also regenerates the hormonal system, promotes healing of tissues, and can be used externally on wounds, sores or similar.
Five grams of the powder can be taken twice a day in warm milk or water, sweetened with raw sugar.
Ashwagandha Is Also Helpful For The Following Conditions
Ashwagandha is also helpful for several conditions including:
chronic fatigue, dehydration, bone weakness, muscle weakness and tension, loose teeth, thirstimpotency, premature aging, emaciation, debility, constipation, senility, rheumatism, nervous exhaustion
memory loss, neurodegenerative disorders and spermatorrhoea.
In at least two published clinical trials of Withania somnifera, the side effects experienced by W. somnifera treated individuals were not significantly different than the side effects experienced by placebo treated individuals. If taken in excess it can cause liver failure.
There has been one report that Withania somnifera can stimulate the thyroid and lead to thyrotoxicosis in some people.
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