As Ayurveda becomes increasingly popular in North America, it seems inevitable that many will become aware of some of its more important remedies. And among these various remedies the herb Ashwagandha has taken on a special prominence, such that many people are now making use of it. Let’s explore Ashwagandha: its various attributes, properties, Ashwagandha benefits and uses, Ashwagandha dosage, Ashwagandha side effects; and even some of its potential contraindications, to properly guide its usage.
First off, what is Ashwagandha? Well, in part this depends where you are in the world. The Sanskrit name “Ashwagandha” means “horse smell”, which rather than referring to the actual odour of a horse, refers to the power and potency that this herb is thought to imbue in one who takes it regularly.
According to the nama-rupa-vigyana system of Ayurveda, names like Ashwagandha are somewhat interchangeable, and can be used for different species. A good example of this is the herb “Brahmi”, which denotes the property of “activating consciousness”, and can refer to either Bacopa monnieri or Centella asiatica. Likewise, the herb “Shankhapushpi” – which means “conch flower”, and is used like Brahmi to “enhance the intellect” (medhya), can refer to up to eight or more different plant species, including Clitoria terneata and Convolvulus pluricaulis.
As I alluded previously, the name Ashwagandha refers to the virility of a stallion, and in this sense Ashwagandha is considered to be one of the premier sexual restoratives used by the branch of Ayurveda that is concerned with the treatment of infertility.
(NOTE: In Ayurveda, the third pillar of health, alongside food and sleep, is Sexual Wellness. Ashwagandha is just one way to help you harness your sexual energy and bring balance into your life, as well as handle very common endocrine and reproductive issues like Infertility, Polycystic Ovarian Disease and Erectile Dysfunction.