Ashwagandha is a very important herb in Ayurvedic medicine, held in as high esteem as ginseng is in Chinese medicine, but it is much less costly.
It is a famous rejuvenative herb, useful in all conditions of weakness and tissue debility, particularly recommended for weakness in children and the elderly, for those run down by chronic illness, and those suffering from stress, overwork, nervous exhaustion and insomnia.
When taken as milk decoction and sweetened with honey it is said to inhibit aging and build up strength by catalysing the anabolic processes in the body. It is calming and used to clear the mind, and has been prescribed for general debility, for convalescence, for loss of memory, nervous problems such as multiple sclerosis, rheumatism, skin problems, anemia and loss of muscular energy.
Ashwagandha has a particular affinity for the reproductive system in both men and women. It is good for weak pregnant women and is said to stabilize the embryo.
It acts as a tonic to the hormonal system, and is recommended for sexual debility, low sperm count, infertility, impotence, weakness of the back and knees, to improve the condition of the semen and promote conception.