Ashwagandha is a plant used in Ayurvedic medicine, and greatly favoured by Indian herbalists. It has been used in India for thousands of years and is a powerful adaptogen, like Maca and Sumac, which has a rebalancing effect on the body. Ashwagandha has a reviving effect and is known as an aphrodisiac.
Add it to chocolate or put a quarter of a teaspoon in your salad dressing. As it rebalances the body, it is strengthening and calming at the same time. Like the other adaptogens, if we wrote the list of everything it is said to be good for, you probably wouldn't believe us! That is because adaptogens restore homeostasis in the body by supporting whatever functions are weak and in need of assistance in a very individualised way.
This herb is endemic to south Asia, and the Ashwagandha grows abundantly in the wild in countries like India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.
Ashwagandha may increase the effect of other herbs or medications. It is important to review with your health-care provider any other herbs or any drugs you are taking before adding ashwagandha.
Do not take ashwagandha if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. Ashwagandha has been shown to cause miscarriage.