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Amukkuram - Withania somnifera

Amukkuram - Withania somnifera

Properties of Amukkuram

Botanical name Withania somnifera (Linn.) Dunal.
Family Solanaceae
Sanskrit Synonyms Asvagandha,Varahakarni,Vajigandha,Varahika, Varahakarni
Ayurvedic Medicinal Properties
Rasa Kashaya, Tikta
Guna Lakhu, Snigda
Virya Seeta
Name of the herb in other languages
English Winter cherry
Hindi Asgandh, Punir
Malayalam Amukkuram

Description of the Plant

An erect branching shrub grows up to 150 cm in height. Leaves are ovate and alternate, up to 10 cm long. Flowers are greenish or greenish yellow arises from leaf axils. Fruits are globose berries, become reddish orange when mature and closed by the persistent calyx. Roots are fleshy, cylindrical and tapering towards the end with whitish grey color and pure white inside.

Medicinal Properties of the Plant as per Ayurveda

Plant pacifies vitiated vata, nerve weakness, impotency, oligospermia and arthritis. The roots are aphrodisiac and stimulant, widely used in rejuvenative ayurvedic formulae. Plant has immuno-stimulant action

Useful parts of the herb

Root and Leaves.

Amukkuram - Withania somnifera

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