Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) 印度人參
The ginseng of Ayurvedic medicine, Ashwagandha is one of the best rejuvenating herbs because it tonifies without being overly stimulating and in fact calms and strengthens the nervous system. It is one of the best herbs for calming the mind, improving memory and promoting deep, dreamless sleep and calming nervousness and an over-worked nervous system.
Over the years I have noticed how herbs with more complex, seemingly opposite properties, such as Ashwagandha, are generally the strongest and most useful. Unlike many tonics, Ashwagandha is also anti-inflammatory, anti-arthritic, anti-anxiety calmative and aphrodisiac. Ashwagandha is also unique as a tonic herb in that it is exceptionally easy to cultivate and is ready for harvest after only one year of growth -Michael Tierra
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Parts used: root (of winter cherry)
Energy and flavors: warm, bitter, sweet
System affected: kidney, lung