Ashwagandha is considered to be one of the most important herbs in Ayurvedic medicine. Native to India, ashwagandha is often referred to as Indian ginseng thanks to its strength and vitality boosting benefits.
While some might be sceptical when it comes to herbal or alternative medicines, ashwagandha comes with a number of scientifically-proven health benefits.
But what exactly is ashwagandha? What are the benefits of this popular herb, and does Ayurvedic medicine come with any side-effects? We asked the experts:
What is ashwagandha?
Also known as winter cherry or Ayurvedic ginseng, ashwagandha is a plump evergreen shrub which produces orange or red berries about the size of raisins. It flourishes in the dry areas of India and North America.
The roots are the part most commonly used in herbal medicine although the leaves and flowers also have therapeutic properties.
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