Generic: Withania somnifera
treats Osteoarthritis, Diuretic, High cholesterol, Parkinson's disease, Longevity/anti-aging, and Diabetes
Alternate TitleWithania somnifera, Physalis somnifera, Indian ginseng - ashwagandha
CategoryHerbs & Supplements
Ajagandha, amangura, amukkirag, asan, asgand, asgandh, asgandha, ashagandha, ashvagandha, ashwagada, ashwaganda, ashwagandholine, asoda, asundha, asvagandha, aswagandha, avarada, ayurvedic ainseng, clustered wintercherry, ghoda asoda, Indian ginseng, kanaje Hindi, kuthmithi, samm al ferakh, Solanaceae (family), winter cherry, withania, Withania coagulans, Withania somnifera, Withania somniferum, Withania somnifera Dunal, Withania somnifera glycowithanolides, Withania somnifera Kaul, withanolide A (WL- A).
EvidenceDISCLAIMER: These uses have been tested in humans or animals. Safety and effectiveness have not always been proven. Some of these conditions are potentially serious, and should be evaluated by a qualified healthcare provider.
Decreases in serum total cholesterol levels, triglycerides, low- density lipoprotein (LDL), and very low- density lipoproteins (VLDL) have been reported with ashwagandha use. Further research is needed before a strong recommendation can be made.
Longevity/ anti- aging:
The use of ashwagandha as an anti- aging agent is based on traditional use in Indian Ayurvedic medicine to promote physical and mental health, improve resistance to disease, and promote longevity. Human research is lacking in this area, and currently there is insufficient evidence to draw a firm conclusion.
The use of ashwagandha in osteoarthritis has been suggested based on its reported anti- inflammatory and anti- arthritic properties. Well- designed human research is needed to confirm these results.
There is insufficient scientific evidence to recommend the use of ashwagandha in the management of Parkinson's disease.