In Ayurveda, Ashwagandha plays a major role. Ashwagandha plant is a stout shrub that grows up to 5 to 6 feet and it bears red fruits.One herb that has been increasingly garnering a lot of attention all over the world is ashwagandha also called as Indian Ginseng. The synonym actually gives a clue to this herb’s biological actions.It is actually a natures wonder in bringing back the lost health and vigor. It is famous all over India and it is used extensively in Unani and Ayurvedic medicines. Benefits of Ashwagandha (Winter Cherry / Indian Ginseng):- It helps to reduce level of stress and tension. It improves energy level. It supports better sleep. It helps to lower blood pressure and is highly effective in stopping the formation of stress induced ulcers. It increases hemoglobin (red blood count) and hair melanin. It stabilizes blood sugar and lowers cholesterol. Ashwagandha is anabolic in effect and mainly considered to help in weight gain. It may help in weight loss when used in combination with other weight loss enhancing supplements in stress related weight gain. When a person is stressed more Cortisol hormone is produced by the adrenal glands. Cortisol stimulates glucose production and triggers a hunger response in the brain. Ashwagandha can naturally lower cortisol levels up to 26%. It also helps to lose weight by reducing swelling in body and improving hemoglobin level. It is useful for any imbalance in the muscles as it reduces inflammation and strengthens muscles. It is a specific rasayana for Mamsa Dhatu and an anabolic muscle builder. As it benefits all muscle tissue it is used as a heart tonic, uterine tonic, and lung tonic. It improves body immunity and strengthen body defense system. This makes this herb suitable for treating Auto-immune conditions such as neutropenia, rheumatoid and osteo arthritis, cancer and chronic connective tissue disorders. It gives good results in nerves related conditions such as Multiple sclerosis, Neurosis, insomnia, anxiety, and stress. It is used to enhance memory and lesson age-related cognitive deficits. Benefits for Men: For males, Ashwagandha promotes sexual health by uplifting the mood, reducing anxiety, improving energy levels and fertility, thus supporting sexual performance. It has direct spermatogenic effect and helps to improve sperm count. It helps to alleviate asthenospermia (increasing sperm motility), oligospermia (increasing sperm count) and other sperm disorders. It exerts testosterone like effect influencing the seminiferous tubules. It promotes better sexual performance. It reduces impotence and promotes potency. Benefits for Women: It contains phytoestrogen. It gives relief in menstrual imbalance accompanied with excessive Vata and Kapha. It has galactagogue effect and stimulates secretion of breast milk in lactating mothers. It gives strength and cures debility when consumed post – delivery. It supports female reproductive system, and increases ovarian weight and folliculogenesis. How to Consume Ashwagandha (Winter Cherry / Indian Ginseng) Internally:- Morning - Mix 5 gms of powder in 100 ml water, Boil the content for few minutes. once the water gets warm, filter the content and drink it before food. Repeat the same for Evening Dosage after dinner. (or) Mix ½ teaspoon of amukkara powder in a glass of warm milk and drink it twice per day.