withania somnifera

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One of the world’s most renowned herbs. Adaptogenic nightshade from India in the pepper family, known as "Indian ginseng", provides energy and a rejuvenating lift while at the same time calming and soothing the nerves. Chemically similar to ginseng, yet superior in relieving stress. Roots used to make famous medicinal powder. Great for exhaustion from physical and mental strain, stress-related ulcers, nervous exhaustion, depression. Helps boost thyroid hormone and adrenals to prevent stress-caused thyroid burnout. Popular aphrodisiac, increasing libido and performance in 75% of men who use it. Estrogen-like effect that stops internal bleeding, excessive uterine bleeding, hemorrhoids and also hemorrhagic dysentery (bloody diarrhea). For fatigue, chronic disease, impotence, memory, arthritic inflammation, rheumatic pain, anxiety, insomnia, respiratory disorders, nervous disorders, gynecological disorders, uterine infections, nerve impulses, sex-enhancing, erectile dysfunction, female and male fertility, cancer, increases hemoglobin, circulation, nutrient absorption, liver and kidney tonic, clears the mind, strengthens nerves, promotes restful sleep, lessens graying of the hair, increases performance in athletes, balances hormones, hypertension, anti-aging. The whole plant is useable. It grows as a short shrub (30 inches ,75 cm) with a central stem from which branches extend radially in a star pattern, covered with fuzzy wooly hairs. Small green flowers, ripe fruit is orange-red and has milk-coagulating properties.
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In vitro tissue culture studies from nodal and petiole explants of wild and cultivated traits of Withania somnifera in MS and B5 medium.
Withania somnifera (Ashwagandha) has been used in Ayurvedic herbal medicine for thousands of years.
Bhattacharya SA, Bhattacharya A, Sairam K, Ghosal S (2000) Anxiolytic-antidepressant activity of Withania somnifera glycowithanolides: an experimental study, Phytomedicine 7: 463-469.
Effect of Withania somnifera (Ashwagandha) on the development of chemotherapy-induced fatigue and quality of life in breast cancer patients.
Khan, Proximate Chemical Composition and Biological Profile of Fatty Acids of Withania somnifera (L.
Laboratory assessment of acaricidal activity of Cymbopogon winterianus, Vitex negundo and Withania somnifera extracts against deltamethrin resistant Hyalomma anatolicum.
The publication shows that the biofield treatment administered by Gopal Nayak was able to impact the adaptive response of the plant Withania somnifera, otherwise known as ashwagandha, Indian ginseng, poison gooseberry, or winter cherry.
Khan MA, Ahmad I and R Inayatur Effect of environmental pollution on heavy metals content of Withania somnifera.
Hypocholesteremic and antioxidant effects of Withania somnifera (Dunal) in hypercholesteremic rats.
Previous studies demonstrated that Withania somnifera Dunal (WS), a safe medicinal plant, prevents the development of tolerance to the analgesic effect of morphine.
Khan, 2011, Callus induction and in vivo and in vitro comparative study of primary metabolites of Withania Somnifera, Advances in Applied Science Research, 2(3): 47-52.