Ashwagandha Root (withania somnifera)
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ENGLISH COMMON NAME: Standard: Ashwagandha
Also known as; Indian ginseng, winter cherry, ashvagandha, ashwaganda
LATIN NAME: Withania somnifera
Plant Family: Solanaceae, nightshade
PART(S) USED: Root OVERVIEW: Ashwagandha is one of the most highly revered adaptogens in traditional Ayurvedic medicine. Adaptogens support the ability of an organism to cope with stress and conserve energy. Often used as a sleep aid, it is also believed to encourage youth and vitality and is considered a grounding and nourishing herb and supportive to female well-being. Ashwagandha literally means 'smell and strength of a horse' which is said to allude to its alleged aphrodisiac properties.
PREPARATIONS: Dried roots cut and sifted for tea or making liquid extracts. Bitter, sweet, astringent in flavor and energetically warming (mildly).
PRECAUTIONS & CONTRAINDICATIONS: Do not use ashwagandha if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Consult a healthcare practitioner before use if you have diabetes, blood pressure issues, stomach ulcers, thyroid disorders, or an autoimmune disease such as multiple sclerosis, lupus, or rheumatoid arthritis. Discontinue use at least two weeks before any surgeries. We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using any herbal products, especially if you are pregnant, nursing, have allergies, or are on any medications. Although most herbs are generally safe, it is recommended that you avoid self-prescribing especially when there is an underlying ongoing medical condition.
This information is for educational purposes only, has not been evaluated by Health Canada, and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
Reference Health Canada: http://webprod.hc-sc.gc.ca/nhpid-bdipsn/ingredReq.do?id=11957&lang=eng