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 January - March 2013


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Ashwagandha: Wonder Herb of India

Courtesy: Dr. Michael Tierra

“Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera or winter cherry) has been used in India for thousands of years as a rasayana (rejuvenative), aphrodisiac and as an adaptogenic herb (relieving long term stress in the body). It is a small shrub belonging to the Nightshade family bearing yellowish flowers that ripen into red berries. In Hindi, Ashwagandha means “smell of a horse” referring to its unique smell and its rejuvenating properties. It’s also called “Indian Ginseng” as it is used similarly as ginseng is in Chinese Medicine.

There have been many recent studies in Indian and Japan showing Ashwagandha effective for depression, anxiety, regeneration of nerve cells, inhibiting cancer cell growth and may also help protect immune function during chemotherapy treatment. Ashwagandha is thought to benefit patients suffering from Alzheimer’s & Parkinson’s diseases and other neurodegenerative conditions.”



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