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Herbal and Aromatic Plants: Ashwagandha : Withania somnifera Cultivation, Processing Utilizations and Applications

By: Himadri Panda(Author)
Herbal and Aromatic Plants: Ashwagandha : Withania somnifera
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Language: English

India has always had the unique advantage of possessing a wide range of climatic, geographical and geological conditions in which a wide variety of rare and precious herbs and trees could flourish. The medicinal, culinary, cosmetic, aromatic and sacred applications of these plants were well known to Ayurvedic practitioners, and they are still of immense benefit to us today.

Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), also known as Indian ginseng and Indian Winter Cherry, is an important ancient plant, the roots of which have been employed in Indian traditional systems of medicine, Ayurveda and Unani, for over 3000 years. It grows in dry parts in sub-tropical regions. The roots, leaves and fruits (berry) possess tremendous medicinal value. A famous Ayurvedic rejuvenative botanical used in many tonics and formulas, it is thought to help maintain proper nourishment of the tissues, particularly muscle and bones, while supporting the proper function of the adrenals and reproductive system.

The plant has been used as an aphrodisiac, liver tonic, anti-inflammatory agent and more recently to treat asthma, ulcers, insomnia and senile dementia. Clinical trials and animal research support the use of Ashwagandha for anxiety, cognitive and neurological disorders, inflammation, and Parkinson’s disease. Incorporation of Ashwagandha in the diet is also though to prevent or decrease the growth of tumors in humans.

Contents

Preface

1. Introduction
2. Composition
3. Withania somnifera extract
4. Process for the extraction of Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) roots
5. Process isolation of withaferin-a
6. Biological activities of withania somnifera
7. Anti microbial acitivity of Ashwagandha, Shunthi and Sariva
8. Physico-chemical assay of Ashwagandha granules
9. Pharmacognostical and physic-chemical evaluation of Ashwagandha
10. Ayurvedic herbal soft drink
11. Functional formulation in chewing gum
12. Cosmetic herbal compositions
13. External preparation for skin whitening
14. Withania somnifera extracts for increasing male sperm count
15. Pharmaceutical, nutritional and personal care formulations
16. Synergistic herbal ophthalmic formulation
17. Withasol and methods of use
18. Composition of Ashwagandha and Indian Gooseberry
19. Herbal formulation as memory enhancer
20. Health promoting functional foods fortified with herbs
21. Herbo-mineral formulation for refractory leukemias and lymphomas
22. Herbal formulation
23. Polyherbal compositions
24. Herbal compositions for hormone and circulatory condition
25. Diet supplement
26. Method of treating musculoskeletal disease
27. Herbal composition for the treatment of Immuno compromised conditions

Bibliography
Index

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By: Himadri Panda(Author)
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