Ashwagandha (Binomial Name : Withania Somnifera)

November 1, 2014

In Tamil language, it is called as AMUKKIRA, binomial name Withania Somnifera. It is mainly found in the regions of India, Nepal and, South America. It has been used for more than 3000 years in India in Siddha and Ayurveda Medical System to promote physical and mental health, rejuvenate the body in weakened conditions and increase longevity. It enhances the function of the brain and nervous system and improves the memory. It is commonly available in fine sieved powder that can be mixed with water, ghee or honey. It has rich source of iron, glucose, potassium nitrate, alkaloids, and fatty acids.It is has become a one of the best known plant in the world for its medicinal benefits.


Some of the many benefits of Ashwagandha include:


  • Anti-Aging

  • Anti-Bacterial

  • Anti-Tumor

  • Anti-Stress

    • Prevention of stress-induced ulcers of the gastrointestinal tract

  • Anti-Diabetic

    • May also help regulate blood sugar which aids in suppressing sugar cravings

  • Anti-Inflammatory activity

    • Helps reduce inflammation in the body like rheumatism, inflammation of arthritis.

  • Anti-Oxidant

    • The high vitamin content in it boosts up your body’s immune system and increase your body's fighting power against infection

    • Increases in white blood cell counts

    • Increase immunity to colds and infections

    • Improves the body's defense against disease by improving immunity

    • It helps to prevent cancer

  • Gastrointestinal Protection

    • Protects from stomach and intestinal ulcers

    • Good digestive agent and regulates digestive system

    • Constipation, diarrhea, indigestion, irritable bowel syndrome etc. are cured by the flushing action

  • Hypolipidemic

    • Increases good cholesterol

    • Reduces low cholesterol

  • Neuroprotective

  • It stimulates and regulates thyroid

  • It helps to treat erectile dysfunction or impotence

  • It improves the function of the reproductive system promoting a healthy sexual and reproductive balance

  • It helps to treat premature ejaculation

  • It helps used to promote intellect and memory

  • Reduces the feelings of tiredness

  • Strengthens muscles, bones and tissues and prepares body for sporting efforts


The above information is to share the knowledge of Traditional Siddha Herbs and do not serve as a medical advice. 

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