withania somniferum

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withania somniferum
Used parts and where it grows: ASHWAGANDHA, which belongs to the family of the pepper, is in India and Africa. ASHWAGANDHA's roots are used medicinally.

The ASHWAGANDHA has been used in connection with the following conditions:

Immune function, Alzheimer's (disease) Help HIV, mental function, Tension.

Historical or traditional use (may or may not be backed by scientific studies) The medicinal applications of the ASHWAGANDHA in traditional Indian medicine and Ayurvedic medicine are vast. Of particular importance is its use against tumors, inflammations, including arthritis) and a wide range of infectious diseases. 1 The shoots and seeds are also used as food and to thicken the milk in India. The applications of traditional ASHWAGANDHA among the African tribes include fevers and inflammatory diseases. 2 ASHWAGANDHA is often a component of the Ayurvedic formulas, including a widespread call shilajit.

Active components: The compound known as withanólidos is believed may explain the medicinal applications of multiple ASHWAGANDHA. 3 These molecules are steroidal and are similar in their action and appearance, the active components of Asian ginseng (Panax ginseng) known as ginsenosides. In fact, the ASHWAGANDHA has been called "Indian ginseng" by some. Generally, the ASHWAGANDHA stimulates the immune system. 4 It has also shown to inhibit inflammation 5 and improve memory. 6 Taken together, these actions support the traditional reputation as a tonic or ASHWAGANDHA adaptogens 7 - an herb with multiple actions, not specific to combat the effects of stress and help the general health.

How much should I take? Some experts recommend 1 - 2 grams of whole herb, taken daily in the form of capsules or tea. To prepare a tea, the roots of ASHWAGANDHA are boiled for 15 minutes and cool; 3 cups (750 ml) should drink daily. The dye or extracts fluids can be used in the amount of 2 - 4 ml three times daily.

There are side effects or interactions? Has not brought any significant side effects with ASHWAGANDHA. The herb has been used safely by children in India. Their safety during pregnancy and breastfeeding is unknown.

The information on the effects of a supplement or an herb determined for a given condition has been described in terms of methodology or the data source of support (for example: clinical, double - blind, meta - analysis, or use Traditional) For the convenience of the reader, the information in the vector that lists the supplements for certain conditions are also categorized. The criteria for the rankings are: "primary" indicates that there is relatively reliable and scientific data that show a constant support in the disease. "Secondary" indicates that there is conflict, little or only preliminary studies suggest that aid in disease or aid in the disease is minimal. "Other" indicates that there is little scientific support and / or minimal aid in the disease.


1. Duke JA. CRC Handbook of Medicinal Herbs. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press, 1985, 514 - 15.

2. Duke JA. CRC Handbook of Medicinal Herbs. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press, 1985, 514 - 15.

3. Wagner M, N "rr H, H. Winterhoff Plant adaptogens. Phytomer 1994; 1: 63 - 76.

4. Wagner M, N "rr H, H. Winterhoff Plant adaptogens. Phytomer 1994; 1: 63 - 76.

5. Anabalgan K, Sadique J. Antiinflammatory activity of Withania somnifera. Indian J Exp Biol 1981; 19: 245 - 49.

6. Bhattacharya SK, Kumar A, Ghosal S. Effects of glycowithanolides from Withania somnifera on an animal model of Alzheimer's disease and disrupts central cholinergic markers of cognition in rats. Phytother Res 1995; 9: 110 - 13.

7. Bone K. Clinical Applications of Ayurvedic and Chinese Herbs. Queensland, Australia: Phytotherapy Press, 1996, 137 - 41.

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