withania flower


Withania somnifera – root

Withania, commonly known as ashwagandha, Indian ginseng or winter cherry, is a revered medicinal plant that has been used in Ayurvedic and indigenous medicine for millennia. In recent years it has been used by Western herbalists for its ability to both strengthen those who are weak and calm those who are stressed and anxious.

A non-energizing ginseng.


  • Adaptogen
  • Anxiolytic
  • Nervine Tonic
  • Mild Sedative
  • Aphrodisiac
  • Anti-inflammatory, antioxidant
  • Immunomodulatory


  • General well-being, particularly in children and the elderly.
  • Fatigue, relief of sleeplessness.
  • To support healthy stress response and normal male reproductive function.
  • To support healthy cognitive function.
  • The non-energizing ginseng, for convalescence.
  • Combines with Bacopa to support thyroid function.

Withania is generally safe when taken in the prescribed dosage range and toxicity studies reveal that it appears to be a safe compound. Large doses have been shown to cause gastrointestinal upset, diarrhea and vomiting.

Large doses of withania may possess abortifacient properties therefore it should not be taken during pregnancy.

There are reports that withania may potentiate the effects of barbiturates and benzodiazepines therefore caution should be used if taking this combination. A beneficial interaction is possible under medical supervision.

The analysis of contents below is a guide only, product specific data including expiry date is with the item in the shop.

Withania somnifera 1.5:1. Each 1 ml contains 1,500mg of dry herb.

Liquid extract in 45% ethanol. Use 20 to 50 ml weekly.

Our clinic uses fluid extracts from Optimal Rx, Herbal Extract Company, Nutrition Care, Mediherb or Sunray Botanicals, in this order.

Clinical studies have shown beneficial effects in infertility in men, sexual function, chemotherapy-induced fatigue, cognitive dysfunction, memory, stress, anxiety, poor sleep, schizophernia, obsessive compulsive disorder, pain relief in arthritis and subclinical hypothyroidism.