Vol. 1, Issue 9 (2012)
Traditional And Medicinal Uses of Withania Somnifera
M. Umadevi, R. Rajeswari, C. Sharmila Rahale, S. Selvavenkadesh, R. Pushpa, K.P. Sampath Kumar, Debjit Bhowmik
Ashwgandha has long been considered as an excellent rejuvenator, a general health tonic and a cure for a number of health complaints. It is a sedative, diuretic, anti-inflammatory and generally respected for increasing energy, endurance, and acts as an-adaptogen that exerts a strong immunostimulatory and an-anti-stress agent. Ashwagandha is taken for treating cold and coughs, ulcers, emaciation, diabetes, conjunctivitis, epilepsy, insomnia, senile dementia, leprosy, Parkinson’s disease, nervous disorders, rheumatism, arthritis, intestinal infections, bronchitis, asthma, impotence and a suppressant in HIV/AIDS patients. According to Indian Herbal System (Ayurveda), Ashwagandha is considered one of the most important herbs and the best adaptogenic. It contains constituents like cuseohygrine, anahygrine, tropine, and anaferine, glycosides, withenolide with starches and amino acid. Withanolide consists of steroidal molecules which is said to fight inflammation. Ashwagandha stimulates the immune system, combats inflammation, increases memory, and helps maintain general health and wellness. Ashwagandha is known to increase the production of bone marrow, semen, and acts anti-aging. Ashwagandha anti-tumor and anti-inflammatory agents are approved in several studies. Its steroidal is much higher than that of hydrocortisone which is a common treatment in cancer cases. Diseases like TB, chronic upper respiratory diseases and HIV have been added to the list of Ashwagandha due to its strong immunostimulatory activity, and it is recognized as a blood tonic, especially in gynecological disorders including anemia and irregular menstruation. Patients with anxiety can also benefit from Ashwagandha.
How to cite this article:
M. Umadevi, R. Rajeswari, C. Sharmila Rahale, S. Selvavenkadesh, R. Pushpa, K.P. Sampath Kumar, Debjit Bhowmik. Traditional And Medicinal Uses of Withania Somnifera. Pharma Innovation 2012;1(9):102-110.