Ashwagandha

Bio Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) Wurzeln. Makro Nahaufnahme Hintergrund Textur. Ansicht von oben.

Withania somnifera

Ashwagandha (Wikipedia)

Withania somnifera
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom:Plantae
Clade:Tracheophytes
Clade:Angiosperms
Clade:Eudicots
Clade:Asterids
Order:Solanales
Family:Solanaceae
Genus:Withania
Species:
W. somnifera
Binomial name
Withania somnifera
Synonyms
  • Physalis somnifera L.
  • Withania kansuensis Kuang & A. M. Lu
  • Withania microphysalis Suess.
Flower
Fruits

Withania somnifera, known commonly as ashwagandha, Indian ginseng, poison gooseberry, or winter cherry, is a plant in the Solanaceae or nightshade family. Several other species in the genus Withania are morphologically similar. Although thought to be useful as a medicinal herb in Ayurveda and sold in many countries as a dietary supplement, there is insufficient scientific evidence that it is safe or effective for treating any disease. Because of its lack of demonstrated efficacy and possible side-effects, it is currently not recommended for any condition.

Ashwagandha (Wiktionary)

English

Etymology

Sanskrit अश्वगन्ध (aśvagandha, horse’s smell)

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˌʌʃwəˈɡʌndə/

Noun

ashwagandha (plural ashwagandhas)

  1. Withania somnifera, a stout shrub that produces red berry-like fruit, native to India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

Translations

Synonyms

  • (Withania somnifera): Indian ginseng, winter cherry, poison gooseberry, ajagandha, kanaje hindi, samm al ferakh
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