Ashwagandha, an inconspicuous weed and member of the potato family, is one of the best kept secrets of Ayurvedic medicine. Ayurvedic practitioners value it highly as an excellent tonic that can be used safely for the same conditions as Ginseng and to strengthen the entire system. It has a long established reputation as rejuvenating tonic and aphrodisiac herb. Numerous 'herbal viagra' substitutes include ashwagandha in their formula.
It is rich in iron and very useful for anaemia. It is particularly recommended for the elderly and during convalescence when recovering from a state of debility and is even said to be useful in slowing or recovering memory loss and to slow the greying of hair. It lowers the blood pressure and promotes deep and restful sleep, which is useful in cases of nervous exhaustion, insomnia and stress related conditions. It can be employed as a supportive remedy for chronic fatigue syndrome and ME, and is indicated for muscle aches and pains, especially when accompanied by low grade fevers. It is also said to be effective for rheumatism and arthritis type pains as well as for lumbago. Furthermore, it is also used in urinary and respiratory complaints, chronic coughs, bronchitis and even emphysema as well as for painful urination. Ashwagandha is hailed as an excellent aphrodisiac, though its action is not immediate. Rather, it acts as a tonic for sexual and reproductive disorders such as lack of libido and seminal debility by increasing strength and energy levels. Best results for this use can be noticed after about one month of continued use. In controlled studies Ashwagandha has also shown some very interesting anti-cancer action, retarding the growth of cancerous cells and improving recovery rates after chemo- and radiation therapy. Considering its universally useful potential, it is amazing that this humble herb is not better known and more widely utilized.
Ashwagandha has a mythical reputation as a herb of longevity and an elixir of life. It is useful for all who wish to strengthen their Chi, the vital energy of the body. It helps to cope with excessive stress and will strengthen the power of endurance. It sharpens mental powers and enhances the memory and will be a valuable aid to those who are studying. Last, but by no means least, its aphrodisiac powers will be appreciated by those who practice tantra or sex magic.