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Winter Cherry

Ashwagandha, also known as “Winter Cherry,” improves the body’s ability to maintain physical effort and aids the body in adapting to various stressors. Perhaps the most famous Ayurvedic rejuvenative botanical used in many tonics and formulas, Ashwagandha is a rejuvenative that helps maintain proper tissue nourishment, especially muscle and bone, while supporting the proper function of the adrenals and reproductive system.

What does it do?

Used by both men and women, Ashwagandha acts to calm the mind and promote sound, restful sleep. It works as an adaptogen, promoting the body’s ability to maintain homeostasis and resist stress. It prevents or minimizes imbalances that could lead to disease, whether from poor dietary habits, lack of sleep, mental or physical strain, or environmental chemical toxins. It is decidedly beneficial in stress related disorders such as arthritis, hypertension, diabetes, etc. As well, it has shown impressive results when used as a stimulant for the immune system.

What about side effects?

No side effects or toxicity of any kind have been reported with Ashwagandha. Ashwagandha is especially useful for young people, when other herbs, such as ginsent, may prove too stimulating. Ashwagandha has been contraindicated in pregnancy, so pregnant women must use caution when taking Ashwagandha.


Additional Resources:

Winter Cherry : Clinical Study and Analysis
Clinical Study References
The Scienece of Winter Cherry
Complementary and Alternative Medicines


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