Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera )
Withania Somnifera, commonly known as Ashwagandha, is a plant in the Solanaceae family, and has been traditionally used in Ayurvedic medicine. It contains many useful medicinal chemicals, including withanolides (steroidal lactones), alkaloids, choline, fatty acids, amino acids, and a variety of sugars. Although the leaves also possess therapeutic benefits, it is the root of the plant that constitutes the herbal remedy ‘ashwagandha.’
The medical benefits of Ashwagandha reach far beyond its basic effects of rejuvenation and reinvigoration. Those suffering with Lyme Disease can benefit from this plant’s positive effects on the immune system, its neuro-protective properties for late-phase Lyme, and its ability to combat fatigue, as caused by the Borrelia Burgdorferi bacteria. Besides these main reasons why Lyme Disease sufferers reach out to Ashwagandha, the plant offers many other therapeutic benefits for those who simply want to prophylactically boost their health. The plant is also known to offer anti-inflammatory and anti-malarial effects, combat the effects of stress, help lower cholesterol, stabilize blood sugar, reduce anxiety and depression, and boost sexual potency for both men and women. It’s no wonder the plant also goes by the name of Indian ginseng, despite it being botanically unrelated to ginseng.