Ashwagandha, commonly known as “Indian winter cherry” or “Indian Ginseng” is an Ayurvedic herb native to the dry regions of India, northern Africa and the Middle East. The name Ashwagandha comes from the translation “smell of horse”, which is said to be due to the roots ability to give you the strength and vigor of a horse, and for the root itself smelling like a horse (“ashwa”).
Ashwagandha is an important herb used as a Rasyana, or something that promotes health and longevity. This herb is a general tonic used to support a healthy stress response, provide energy support, as well as energize and rejuvenate the adrenal and thyroid glands, as well as the male and female reproductive system.
Ashwagandha, with its glycowithanolide bioactives, has been found to have potent antioxidant properties, which can provide immune system support, as well as provide neuro-protective and mental cognition support.