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Withania Somnifera
    #1701866 - 07/10/03 08:11 AM (13 years, 3 months ago)

YO :smile:0
I have 4 plants that are growing indoor, and about 10 that are growing outdoors. The biggest one growing indoor is now showing its red fruits, which are born in little pods.
I couldnt find any info dealing with those fruits.
All I read is about roots. I remember reading somewhere before the leaves can be smoked. But man - I love those fruits ( Ill take pic later ) And Id love to eat em :laugh:
If someone knows something,please post.

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Re: Withania Somnifera [Re: T0aD]
    #1701915 - 07/10/03 09:52 AM (13 years, 3 months ago)

Information from a few sites..

Ashwagandha Root Powder (Withania somnifera) 1 lb: C

Ashwagandha is used in Ayurvedic medicine as a powder, decoction, medicated wine, mixed with clarified butter, combined with honey or sugar syrup or as a medicated oil. The most common form is as an alcoholic extract or capsules, of the powdered root.

Known as Indian ginseng, Ashwagandha Root is traditionally used for stress relief and exhaustion and to improve endurance.

It is adaptogenic, mildly sedative, and rejuvenative.
It is excellent for coughs, infertility, impotence, insomnia, nervous tension, rheumatism, and stress. Its reputation is that of an herb that inhibits aging and nutures mental clarity.

This herb's usage is ancient in India. It is used externally for tumors, inflammation, arthritis, and a wide range of skin and infectious diseases, and internally as a pain killing tea. The shoots and seeds are also used as food and to thicken milk.

The chemistry of WS has been extensively studied and over 35 chemical constituents have been identified, extracted, and isolated.19 The biologically active chemical constituents are alkaloids (isopelletierine, anaferine), steroidal lactones (withanolides, withaferins), saponins containing an additional acyl group (sitoindoside VII and VIII), and withanolides with a glucose at carbon 27 (sitoindoside IX and X). WS is also rich in iron.

While ashwagandha has been used successfully in Ayurvedic medicine for centuries, more clinical trials should be conducted to support its therapeutic use. It is also important to recognize that WS may be effective not only in isolation, but may actually have a potentiating effect when given in combination with other herbs or drugs.

Harvesting starts from January and continues till March (150-170 days after sowing). The maturity of the crop is judged by the drying of leaves and red berries. The entire plant is uprooted for roots which are separated from the aerial parts by cutting the stem 1 - 2 cm above the crown.

The roots are cut into small pieces of 7 - 10 cm to facilitate drying. The berries plucked from dried plants are threshed to obtain the seeds for the next crop. An average yield of about 400 - 500 kg of roots and 50 kg of seeds are obtained from one hectare

In a recent study, this herb was given to 30 mental patients suffering from anxiety neurosis in doses of 40 ml/day for one month. At the end of the month, most of the anxiety disorders, panic attacks and similar mood phobias, had disappeared. In trials by American psychiatrists, this herb had been found useful for the treatment of manic depression, alcoholic paranoia, and schizophrenia.

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Re: Withania Somnifera [Re: T0aD]
    #1701916 - 07/10/03 09:54 AM (13 years, 3 months ago)

The berries are (where?) used to make soap, don't know if that is what you are interested in  :tongue:. Other than that I don't know. I use a pinch of the root extract in my morning coffee every day, I love the stuff! Here is a link to a paper that I haven't read yet, but I'm sure it is interesting 

the use of withania 

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Re: Withania Somnifera [Re: T0aD]
    #1701917 - 07/10/03 09:54 AM (13 years, 3 months ago)

Also this was found..

"In the land of the blind, this 3rd eyed Ayurvedic herb is king." For all of the information below, 900mg. of a 1 1/2% pure Withanolids extract from the root of Withania somnifera was used -- without any other herbs or medications.

Within about 45 minutes the sedation begins, a tiring and drying effect upon the eyeballs -- eyelids fight to close. Sleep comes very easy at this time. While it is possible to fight the sleep-pull, it is uncomfortable. The behind-the-eye-visuals begin soon after laying down. They are continual and easy to make out. While they are well-defined, they change very often -- with no certain image staying more than 30 seconds.
Upon laying down, the body goes still, and you can feel yourself floating. This works well sometimes with the visuals. It is very possible to look down upon your sleeping body.

There is no large degree of tolerance that builds with continuous use of Ashwagandha. However, if after taking the herb nightly for several weeks, you stop for a night, and then continue the next evening, the visuals are clearer than with steady nightly use.
If 8-10 hours of sleep is not allotted, you will wake up feeling mentally and physically "fuzzy". No matter how much sleep you get, eyes will be glossy and lightly red.
Health benefits can be found with continual use. A resistance to sickness and an over-all healing effect starts. A friend compared this effect to Ginseng -- I prefer to compare it to Echinacea.
Oh yeah! With other sedating herbs (Valerian, Skullcap, Passion Flower, et al) my body tends to wake up exhausted -- and with a lower back pain from sleeping too long. This is NOT the case with Ashwagandha. The body wakes up, without any pain at all -- with a warm and soft protective sheen seemingly coating the entire being.
If you do suffer from chronic pains (which Ashwagandha relieved), the pains will return about 4-6 hours after waking up -- as it seems that this is the time the herb wears off almost completely. (Total time of action: ~10-12 hours)

As with many "sleep" supplements (5-HTP, Skullcap, etc...) dream recall is enhanced, even though some of these items are said to decrease REM activity.
Some way or another, dream recall and lucidity comes much easier with any of these substances, though. Ashwagandha seems to greatly assist dream recall (not as well as 5-HTP, I must add), and chances of lucidity (once again, not as well as 5-HTP). Eyelids begin to flutter soon after sleep begins.

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