The herb Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera; winter cherry) is known from traditional Ayurvedic medicine from India. Ayurvedic-trained doctors suggest that the herb can be used against complaints such as chronic fatigue, stress and insomnia. Also in the western world Ashwagandha is known by some as a means to increase energy.
Ayurveda, the traditional system of medicine practiced in India, dates back to 6000 BC (Charak Samhita, 1949). For most of these 6000 years, Ashwagandha has been used as a Rasayana. Rasayana is a term that in early Ayurvedic medicine means the science of extending life. The root of Ashwagandha is considered to be a tonic, aphrodisiac, narcotic, diuretic, anthelmintic, astringent, thermogenic and stimulant. The root smells like horse (“ashwa”), which is why it is also called Ashwagandha (when consumed, it gives the strength of a horse).
How to use
For a calming effect, 3-5 drops under the tongue. 5 to 15 drops under the tongue provide good relaxation.