Also known as Indian ginseng or winter cherry, Ashwagandha is an evergreen shrub that grows in India, the Middle East, and parts of Africa. Its roots and orange-red fruit have been used for many years for medicinal purposes.
'Ashwa' means horse in the Sanskrit language, which indicates its qualities, because the horse is a symbol of strength and vitality, while 'somnifera' means sleep-inducing in Latin.
It is considered one of the most important herbs in the Ayurvedic medicine system, a healthcare practice that started in India over 3,000 years ago.
Ayurvedic medicine uses herbs, special diets, and other natural practices as treatment for a variety of conditions. In Ayurvedic medicine, ashwagandha is considered a Rasayana. Meaning it is believed to be a herb that helps maintain youth, both mentally and physically.