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.
Sanskrit अश्वगन्ध (aśvagandha, “horse’s smell”)
- IPA(key): /ˌʌʃwəˈɡʌndə/
ashwagandha (plural ashwagandhas)
- Withania somnifera, a stout shrub that produces red berry-like fruit, native to India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
- (Withania somnifera): Indian ginseng, winter cherry, poison gooseberry, ajagandha, kanaje hindi, samm al ferakh