India is the land of herbs and divine herbal medications. One should know, the first form of treatment which is regarded as the oldest of all was the origination of India itself. It was “Ayurveda: The Science of life”. It is approximately 5000 years old and comprises of natural herbs and therapies related to it.
Here, we will be studying about a well-known herb called “Ashwagandha or Winter Cherry”. You might have noticed, in herbal medicines; when you go through the content most of it will have some extract of Ashwagandha in it. This explains the versatility and efficacy of Ashwagandha.
Here, we will be studying the details of Ashwagandha, its uses, medicinal values, and many more. As our topic spells; this is a herb towards a blissful life. So, let’s proceed to this
Ashwagandha is a short and tender perennial herb. It is found all over India especially in drylands and the Himalayan regions. It is also found at the heights of 5,500 ft. Medicinally, it is a highly superior plant as compared to other ones. When crushed it gives the smell of horse urine.
The appearance of Ashwagandha
Ashwagandha plants are tall and straight with multiple branches. Leaves are bottle-green in color which is narrow with a pointed tip; 2-4 inches long. It is a flowering plant that bears a greenish-purple flower without the stem. Its calyx is bell-shaped, soft, and hairy. After a time, the flower develops into red-colored pear-shaped fruits. The root of Ashwagandha is conical in shape like a radish but slightly thinner than that.
Nomenclature of Ashwagandha
Ashwagandha is also known as Winter cherry, Poison gooseberry, and Indian ginseng. It belongs to the kingdom Plantae and ‘Solanaceae’ family. Its binomial name is “Withania somnifera”. In Hindi it is also called Ashwagandha; actually it is the Bengali term used for Winter Cherry.
Medicinal benefits of Ashwagandha
As every naturally grown plant has some medicinal benefits in it; similarly Ashwagandha is also enriched with such properties.
Following are some of the medicinal benefits of Ashwagandha
1. For Tuberculosis
If one is suffering from chronic or acute tuberculosis; give 2 gm Aswagandha powder with 20 gm decoction of its own. It is beneficial in curing Tuberculosis. Give 2 gm powder of Aswgandha’s root mixed with 1 gm Pepal powder, 5 gm ghee, and 10 gm honey. Give this dose twice a day.
2. For Angina
In case of pain in the heart due to acidity; give 2 gm of Ashwagandha powder with water. Take an equal quantity of powder of Ashwagandha and Belliric Myrobalan. Give 10 gm of this mixture with jaggery. It cures heart-related pain.
3. Improving eyesight
Take 2 gm of Ashwagandha powder, 2 gm of Amla powder, and 1 gm licorice root powder. Mix all these and give 1 teaspoon with water; twice a day. It helps in improving eyesight.
4. For blood disorders
In case of any kind of blood-related disorder, take equal quantities of chop chili and winter cherry powder. Mix well and take 4 gm of the mixture with honey twice a day.
5. For Arthritis
Take the whole plant of Aswgandha; grind it and strain it. Give 25-30 gm of this to the patient. You can also take 30 gm of fresh leaves and boil in 250 ml water till water is reduced to half. Strain the solution and give this to the patient. Within a week you will notice the results; pain due to stiffness will be relieved.
Give 2 gm Ashwagandha powder with warm milk or water twice a day to the patient. It is helpful to cure stiffness and paining arthritis.
6. For weakness and fatigue
Treatment with Ashwagandha for a year makes your body healthy and disease-free. Take 10 gm of Ashwagandha powder, sesame oil, and ghee; with 3 gm of honey. Give this twice a day to the patient during winter twice a day.
Take 3 gm powder of Ashwagandha and give this to the patient.
In the case of people with hot temperament, give this mixture with hot cow’s milk. Take an equal amount of Ashwagandha powder and chiretta; grind them together and 10 gm of the mixture to the patient twice a day with milk. It eradicates any kind of weakness and disorder in the body.