Ashwagandha (Withan Somnifera) (Winter Cherry)

  • Guna (Quality): Laghu (Light) and Snigdha (unctuous/oily)
  • Rasa (Taste): Madhura (Sweet), Kashaya (Astringent), Tikta (Bitter)
  • Veerya (Action): Ushna (Heating)
  • Dosha: Beneficial for both Vata and Kapha as ashwagandha is balancing for them. Can increase pitta in excess

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Description

Ashwagandha is primarily a strengthening herb. It has high benefit on the reproductive system in both males and females. It aids in treating low libido, impotence and infertility. Other benefits of ashwagandha include treatment of inflammatory conditions, aiding in premature aging and is utilized as a nervine tonic by strengthening the nervous system.


Contraindication: Do not take Ashwagandha if you are pregnant or have an existing peptic ulcer.