Withania somnifera is an Indian herb commonly known as Indian ginseng or Ashwagandha. It has been used in Ayurveda for more than 3000 years and is one of the most powerful herbs in Ayurvedic healing.
It helps reduce stress and anxiety by reducing cortisol levels. Moreover, it is an adaptogen and helps promote relaxation. It has been noted that continuous use of Withania somnifera also helps reduce brain-cell degeneration and progresses one’s learning and memory capabilities. Ashwagandha is also rich in antioxidants and the berries and roots of the plant are used as a topical ointment in the healing of burns, skin sores, and joint pains. The traditional use of Withania somnifera is to maintain agility in the body and to boost the immune system but it is also a potential anti-cancer agent as it suppresses the growth of tumors, carbuncles and ulcers. The plant is native to northern regions of India, North Africa, and the Middle East and dry climatic conditions are needed for its cultivation.