Ashwagandha powder (Withania somnifera)
Generally very well tolerated. This is a member of the tomato family, so avoid if you have an allergy. Some evidence to show it is not suitable for people with an overactive thyroid.
Common names: Ashwagandha, Ashwaganda
Parts used: Root
Habitat: A member of the tomato family, Ashwagandha is a small perennial shrub native to drier regions of Asia, cultivated widely in India and as a medicinal or ornamental plant globally.
Constituents: steroidal compounds; lactones and glycosides including withanolides and alkaloids.
Actions: Tonic, Adaptogenic, Mild Sedative, Anti-inflammatory, Immune System Modulator, Anti-Anaemic
History and Folklore: Legend has it that the name comes from 'Smells Like a Horse' in Sanskrit! This powerful herb has a very long tradition in Aruvedic medicine.
Traditional and current uses:
• Support for an underactive thyroid
• In states of depletion
• Support during or after prolonged physical, emotional or mental stress
• General tonic, especially for the elderly or frail
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