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Ashwagandha is called Indian ginseng and known to provide energy and strength to all body parts. Ashwagandha has been used by Ayurveda for thousands of years as Rasayana (rejuvenative) and an adaptogenic herb, meaning that it is used to help the body resist physiological and psychological stress. In Sanskrit, it is known by the name Ashwagandha, which means the odour of a horse. It is named so because of the odour of horse sweat that the roots seem to emanate, as well as the virility of a horse, an inference to the traditional use of ashwagandha to support a healthy male reproductive system.
Ashwagandha has a great significance in Oriental medical schools of thought, especially in the ancient Indian system of medicine, Ayurveda, for many centuries. It had also been used by Native Americans and Africans in an effort to keep away several types of infections. Extensive scriptures describing the Ashwagandha plant and its medicinal properties have been mentioned in both traditional Chinese medicine and Ayurveda.
A study conducted at the Centre for Biotechnology at the University of Allahabad in India showed that Ashwagandha possesses antibacterial properties in accordance with that traditional belief. Ashwagandha, with its anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, and anti-stress properties, is good for cardiovascular health problems. The effects of Ashwagandha on mental health, particularly in depression, were studied at the Institute of Medical Sciences at Banaras Hindu University in India & found beneficial in relation to anxiety and depression. Ashwagandha is also believed to possess anti-stress properties.
Traditionally, it had been administered to induce a soothing and calming effect on a person with reduced oxidative stress. The production of ashwagandha roots in India is more than 2000 to 2,500 tonnes per year.
Ashwagandha has Vat and Kapha calming property & been widely believed for many centuries to have aphrodisiac properties and people used it as a medication to improve vitality and fertility. It was also observed that Ashwagandha increased the red blood cell, white blood cell, and platelets count as a haemopoietic agent.