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Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha has "the ability to both strengthen those who are tired and calm those who are stressed and anxious.”

Composition

The green berries contain amino acids, a proteolytic enzyme, condensed tannins, and flavonoids. They contain a high proportion of free amino acids which include proline, valine, tyrosine, alanine, glycine, hydroxyproline, aspartic acid, glutamic acid, cystine and cysteine. The presence of a proteolytic enzyme, chamase, in the berries may be responsible for the high content of the amino acid.[1]

Healing Properties

Adaptogen

Antiinflammatory

Antimicrobial

The antibiotic activity of the roots as well as leaves has recently been shown experimentally.[1]

Antibiotic (Antibacterial)

Withania somnifera in concentration of 10g/ml inhibited the growth of various Gram-positive bacteria, acid-fast and aerobic bacilli, and pathogenic fungi.[1]

  • It was active against Micrococcus pyogenes var aureus and partially inhibited the activity of Bacillus subtilis glucose-6-phosphatedehydrogenase.[1]

Antifungal

Withania somnifera in concentration of 10g/ml inhibited the growth of various pathogenic fungi.[1]

Antioxidant

Anxiolytic

Aphrodisiac

Cardioprotective

(Heart Health)

Immunomodulator

Longevity

Reproductive Health

Disease / Symptom Treatment

Anxiety

Arthritis

Asthma

Diabetes

Insulin Resistance

Fatigue

Emaciation

Fibromyalgia

Hypothyroid

Insomnia

Low Libido

Sources:

  1. Study Type: Chemical Analysis
    Title: PHARMACOLOGICALAND PHYTOMEDICINE ASSESSMENT OF WITHANIA SOMNIFERA
    Author(s): Namrata Dwivedi, Kalpana Trivedi, I. P. Tripathi
    Institution(s): Faculty of Science & Environment, MGCGV, Chitrakoot, Satna, M.P.
    Publication: Indian Journal of Applied Research
    Date: Feb 2019
    Abstract: The composition of bioactive compounds from withania somniferous (Aswagandha) was determined by UV spectroscopy and HPTLC photodocument. Qualitative and quantitative screening revealed that tannins, saponins, alkaloids, steroids, protein, carbohydrates were present in extract of all the parts of the plant that claimed to possess medicinal activities on various ailments. The presence of these phytochemicals in withania somnifera could justify the applications of the plant in management and curing of various diseases.
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