Ashwagandha has been a native Indian herb. It has been deemed popular in the west as ‘Winter Cherry.’ Ashwagandha has been small to medium sized herb, which grows up to 1.5 meters at the most. It encompasses small green flowers that have been known to grow in clusters of approximately 25 in number.
The major medical constituent of ashwagandha has been somniferine. It has been an alkaloid that has been present in every part of the herb. However, the oil extracted from its roots has been composed of two major constituents, namely, water-soluble and the water-insoluble part. To be precise, the water-soluble part would consist of sugar, whereas the water insoluble part has been known to contain fatty acids among several other vital substances. Apart from that, the ashwagandha oil has also been rich in glucose, tannin, potassium nitrate along with a number of alkaloids.
Properties of Ashwagandha
Some curative properties of ashwagandha that have been used in Ayurvedic medicine has been Ashwagandha being known for the stimulating properties on the man’s libido. It has been used as an aphrodisiac in men. As a result, ashwagandha has also been referred to as the popular Indian ginseng. It has also been a mild hypnotic, which could be used in allaying pains. It has been deemed effective in the treatment of urinary problems. Ashwagandha could help in easy flow of urine. Moreover, it would assist in opening the sweat pores that have been known to expel liquid wastes via perspiration. It has been an antibiotic along with a popular antibacterial agent.
Uses of Ashwagandha
Pertaining to the uses of Ashwagandha, it has been indispensable in a number of Ayurvedic medicine constituents. Following have been some modes whereby, you could use Ashwagandha in the treatment of diseases.
Ashwagandha has been used in opening the respiratory tract along with treating a number of diseases that have been known to originate in the chest cavity. In case, you have been suffering from common cold, the powdered root of ashwagandha should be taken in 3gm quantity. Similarly, the seeds and berries of ashwagandha have also been used for resolving various chest complaints.
Loss of appetite could be treated using ashwagandha. However, for this purpose, the roots of this herb would be used. It pacifies the issues held responsible for digestion along with bringing the body to normalcy.
The popular leaves of ashwagandha could be boiled in water to make use of the steam for fomenting the eyes. This would relieve the pain along with the itchiness that you suffer from sore eyes.