Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera, fam. Solanaceae) is commonly known as Indian
Winter cherry or Indian Ginseng. It is one of the most important herb of Ayurveda (the
traditional system of medicine in India) used for millennia as a Rasayana for its wide ranging
health benefits. Rasayana is described as an herbal or metallic preparation that promotes a
youthful state of physical and mental health and expands happiness. These types of remedies are
given to small children as tonics, and are also taken by the middle-aged and elderly to increase
longevity. Among the ayurvedic Rasayana herbs, Ashwagandha holds the most prominent place.
. Most of the Rasayana herbs are adaptogen / anti-stress agents.
Ashwagandha is commonly available as a churna, a fine sieved powder that can be mixed with
water, ghee (clarified butter) or honey. It enhances the function of the brain and nervous system
and improves the memory. It improves the function of the reproductive system promoting a
healthy sexual and reproductive balance. Being a powerful adaptogen, it enhances the body's
resilience to stress. Ashwagandha improves the body's defense against disease by improving the
cell-mediated immunity. It also possesses potent antioxidant properties that help protect against
cellular damage caused by free radicals