Mountain Rose Herbs Organic Ashwagandha Root Powder

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Ashwagandha is an important Ayurvedic herb, and is traditionally used to promote vitality. It is a small, shrub-like plant belonging to the nightshade family. It is closely related to the common tomato.

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Description

COMMON NAME

Standardized: ashwagandha
Other: winter cherry, ashvagandha

BOTANICAL NAME

Withania somnifera (L.) Dunal
Plant Family: Solanaceae

OVERVIEW

INTRODUCTION

Ashwagandha is a small, shrub-like plant belonging to the nightshade family. It is closely related to the common tomato. The plant is native to India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka, thriving in the semitropical environment of these regions. It produces small green flowers and round fruits that turn red when ripe. The name “ashwagandha” translates to “horse’s smell,” referencing the musky scent of the plant.

CONSTITUENTS

Mainly consisting of withanolides, glycosides and several different alkaloids.

PARTS USED

Eastern and Western herbal medicine use the root, most notably dried and cut. The berries are mildly toxic to the stomach and gastrointestinal tract. No major studies have released the benefits of the leaf.

TYPICAL PREPARATIONS

Tea decoction from the root, liquid herbal extract, herbal capsules (non-standardized) Dried crushed or powdered roots can be applied to food or directly consumed.

SUMMARY

Ashwagandha is an important Ayurvedic herb, and is traditionally used to promote vitality, though this use has not been evaluated clinically. Unfortunately, further clinical data for ashwagandha is lacking, despite the herbs successful use in Ayurvedic tradition for over 3000 years.

PRECAUTIONS

Specific: Not for use in pregnancy except under the supervision of a qualified healthcare practitioner.
General: We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.