Our suppliers for Ashwagandha root are from India. India has taken the lead in cultivating different varieties of Ashwagandha root, selecting those with larger roots and the ability to survive in less hospitable climates for development.
Although the root is the predominant part used, the berries, leaves, and fruit are sometimes used as well.
Dr Richard Whelan, Medical Herbalist has this to say about this amazing herb; “Withania somnifera, like Ginseng, is a rather humble looking shrub but what goes on in those roots has a remarkably complex personality. Withania sings you a lullaby when you first start getting to know it. People sleep better, they feel less irritable and it takes more to get them upset. I notice that people look a little younger after a short while of taking Withania and I guess this is because they are frowning less and smiling more!
What happens after a while (usually about a week, maybe two) is then that Withania starts waking you up! This is where the increased sexual energy may start to come in and people feel like doing more in general. I hear people say things like they feel more motivated and have been getting more things done. This is a sign of a true tonic effect, first it relaxes you, then it turns around and starts energising you.
I think that this is why I find it so helpful in clinical practice where many of my patients have been ill for a long time. The increased sleep and relaxation that Withania generates moves the healing process forward, then the tonic effects kick in and as they start doing more exercise or just moving more in general they start accumulating savings in their ‘energy bank’ rather than getting further depleted.
Children do well on Withania, they eat more and get noticeably stronger and more resilient if they keep it up for a good while. People in their 60s, 70s, 80s and beyond also do very well on Withania and, so long as they keep taking it for long enough, you see a consistent renewal of vitality and improved health.
That said, the majority of the people I have given Withania to have been working adults and, for many, Withania can be the key ingredient to getting de-stressed and having more energy. In many cases, I could no more imagine treating people’s tiredness without Withania than I could treat immune problems without Echinacea. On a related note, I think it is the single most important herb to help a person with a low thyroid function. The improving numbers (from lab tests) speak for themselves when you use plenty of Withania to help; because it obviously works.” You can visit Dr Whelan’s “Living Book” here.
The health benefits of Ashwagandha are many and Healthline.com recently reported on some of it’s health benefits as well, in an article; 12 Proven Health benefits of Ashwagandha November 3, 2019 by Franziska Spriztler, RD, CDE which you can read here.
Warning: Not to be used during pregnancy.