Ashwagandha, botanically known as Withania somnifera, is an all-time favorite plant in the Ayurvedic medicinal system. Its popularity has now grabbed the reins of the fastest stallions to surge through the Western part of the world. It belongs to the potato family, Solanaceae where it appears as a tender perennial shrub.
For being so widely spread, all around the world, Ashwagandha is hailed by several names some of which are Indian Ginseng, winter cherry, poison berry, and a lot more. It is capable of portraying a stubby frame maximum of 30 inches with elliptic, dull green leaves and small green flowers that depict the shape of the bell.
Ashwagandha is well-cheered for its adaptogenic properties. It helps balance the disturbed levels of hormones, blood cells, and immune cells. Ashwagandha also helps in reducing stress and anxiety, boosts stamina, normalizes blood sugar levels, protects against Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, bolsters the immune system, and scavenges the reactive oxygen species in our body to reduce oxidative stress.
All these medicinal properties of Ashwagandha are possible due to the presence of various physiologically active compounds, including withanolides, withaferins, isopelletierine, anaferine, cuseohygrine, anahygrine, sitoindosides, and acylsterylglucosides.