“Ashwagandha is a traditional Ayurvetic medicine from the plant Withania Somnifera and sometimes referred to as ‘Indian Ginseng’ or Wintercherry and touted as the ‘Queen of Ayurveda’.
It is classified as an Adaptogen (compound able to reduce the biochemical effects of a perceived stress) and as a Rasayana, which is a term used to refer to the highest class of Ayurveda. It has been traditionally used to treat almost all forms of ailmentsuch as analgesia, astringent, adaptogen, anti-inflammatory, anti-stress, immuno-stimulant and cardioprotective. The root or root extract are commonly used, although the fruits of the Ashwagandha plant (the Wintercherries) also have therapeutic potential.
There has been reported to be high variability in the amount of active withanolides in common nutritional supplements, which may be due either to lack of standardization of root powder.”