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.
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Cut herbs are herbs which have been harvested and then cut into smaller pieces, suitable for further processing. Cut herbs like Withania somniferum / Ashwagandha Root Cut can be used to produce tinctures or fluid extracts. They can also be used in herbal teas and infusions.