Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Ashwagandha | Withama somnifera

Ashwagandha (Ashwagandha)

Scientific Name: Withama somnifera

Family: Solanaceae

Nature of Withama somnifera

It is aA erect perennial Herb growing on wasteland.
The stem and branches are covered with minute star-shaped hairs.
The leaves are ovate with acute apex and about 10 cms. long.

Special Characteristics of Withama somnifera
Its beautiful red fruits covered with membranous calyx.

Medicinal uses of Withama somnifera
The drug in the form of alkaloid, is obtained from the dried roots.
it is diuretic in function and used as a tonic for general weakness for all ages.
It is a common ingredient of many ayurvedic health tonics of commerce.

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