Ashwagandhá, Winter cherry

 

Sanskrit: Ashwagandhá (vitality of the horse)

•fvaganDaa

 

 Hindi: Ashgandh

Latin: Withania somnifera dunal (Physalis flexuosa); Solanaceae

English: Winter cherry

Part Used: Root

Habitat: This shrub is in Himalayas, 6,000 feet; common in Bombay, Western India, sometimes in BengalEnergetics: Astringent, bitter-hot-sweet VK (P and

áma + in excess)

Tissues: Mainly muscle, fat, bone, marrow/nerves, reproductive, but works on all.

Systems: Nervous, reproductive, respiratory

Action :  Aphrodisiac,  astringent,  nervine, rejuvenative, sedative, tonic, antiinflammatory Uses: A main immune-boosting and brain tonic herb. AIDS, general debility, nerve exhaustion, pain killer, convalescence, problems of the elderly, sexual debility, emaciation, memory loss, muscle energy loss, marrow, overwork, tissue deficiency (and promotes tissue healing), insomnia, paraly- sis, MS, weak eyes, rheumatism, skin afflictions, cough, difficult breathing, anemia, fatigue, infer– tility, swollen glands, immune system problems, alcoholism, lumbago. Known as Indian ginseng, builds marrow and semen; inhibits aging; one of the best herbs for the mind (clarity, nurturing). Externally—skin diseases, obstinate ulcers, carbuncles, rheumatic swellings. For women, it sta- bilizes fetus, regenerates hormones, cancer— strengthens one from and for chemotherapy. Spiritual Uses: Sattwic, produces ojas

Precautions: Do not take if congested. For cancer and other serious illness, use one or more ounces daily

Preparation: Decoctions, ghee, oil, powder (1/4 to

3 tsp.) herbal wine

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