Ashwagandha is a highly valued part of the Indian system of medicine, commonly known as Indian Ginseng or Winter Cherry. It is botanically known as Withania somnifera and is prevalent in India, Central Asia, South Asia and Africa.
Ashwagandha is a shrub whose root has long been used in an ancient system of medicine known as Ayurveda. Ayurveda is based on a holistic view of treatment using mainly herbal preparations.
Research and studies have found Ashwagandha may have positive effects for the following conditions:
Increased energy levels
Stress induced gastric ulcers
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