Withania somnifera L. (Ashwagandha) is a multipurpose medicinal plant of family Solanaceae occurring abundantly in sub-tropical regions of the world. The use of ashwagandha in Ayurvedic medicine extends back over 3,000–4,000 years to the teachings of an esteemed rishi (sage) Punarvasu Atriya.
It has been described in the sacred texts of Ayurveda, including the Charaka and Sushruta Samhitas. The Ashwagandha plant is an erect, perennial, much branched undershrub growing to 1-3m in height. Among the Ayurvedic Rasayana (tonic) herbs, Ashwagandha holds the most prominent place. Most of the rasayana herbs are adaptogen and stress relieving agents. Ashwagandha is used as a household remedy by many Asians who consider it the best tonic for older people and children.
This product is packaged in resealable clear bags. These keep the contents fresh and protected from moisture. Look out for the QR code on the label - you can scan this with your smartphone to download the Certificate of Analysis document for this product.
We produce Withania somniferum / Ashwagandha Root Capsules using powdered herb. The powder is very fine, allowing it to flow into the encapsulation machine. Fine powder is also easier for the body to absorb. Sometimes we produce the powder ourselves, from whole or cut herbs. Other times we source powdered herbs directly from our suppliers.
Empty capsules are positioned in the the capsule manufacturing machine. We use vegetarian capsules, size '0'. The empty capsules are then filled with the finely-ground powdered herb. A sufficient quantity of herb is pressed into the empty capsules. Once the capsules are full of powdered herb the tops of the capsules are positioned and firmly pressed into position.
The finished capsules are removed from the machine. Initially we store them in bulk bags. Depending on the type of capsule we may then use our capsule counting machine to dispense capsules into bottles.
Withania somniferum / Ashwagandha Root Capsules are a very convenient way to store and prescribe this herb. Less energy is used in the production process and they take less space to store.
At Herbal Apothecary we produce a wide range of single herb capsules as well as capsules made with blended herbs. The process for producing a blended capsule involves combining 2 or more powders together before encapsulation. Special care is taken to ensure the herbs are thoroughly blended, ensuring an equal distribution of herb through all capsules. Blended herb capsules are a fantastic way of prescribing more complex remedies in a way which is easy for the patient to take.