Ashwagandha, the English equivalent of the name of this plant is winter cherry (Withania somnifera), but quite widely known under the name "Indian ginseng".
The medicinal raw material is powdered root, and the plant itself is an evergreen, quite large shrub, occurring very commonly in tropical and subtropical areas of Asia and Africa. The fruits of Ashwaganda are round, orange or covered with a chalice. Because of this the fruits are often called poisonous gooseberry or winter cherry.
People who have tried it in their pure form agree on two issues, firstly, about its terrible taste, and secondly, about comprehensive, beneficial properties. In Ayurvedic medicine the plant was appreciated above all for its help in the treatment of diseases such as bronchitis, tuberculosis, atreticism or vitiligo. It was also used for menstrual disorders or recurrent problems with falling asleep.
Currently, we already know that witanolides contained in ashwagandha have anti-cancer and antibacterial effects, and glycanitanolides support the processes of restoring the body's immunity. Unfortunately, up to now, all the possibilities offered by substances of the plant have not been discovered. We are aware, however, that Ashwagandha acts on the general feeling of the vital forces of the whole organism, supports the condition of the body and mind, hence the preparations with the extract from Witania are recommended for people burdened with excessive mental and physical effort. Life under stress and the initial symptoms of depression are also the signal that you have to take the advantages of the power of this plant.