The American Herbal Pharmacopoeia® (AHP) develops standards of identity, purity and analysis for botanicals, as well as critically reviewing traditional and scientific data regarding their efficacy and safety. This information is then disseminated in AHP monographs on individual herbs, which serve as a primary reference for academicians, health care providers, manufacturers and regulators. Reprinted with permission, this monograph details how the use of the root of ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) in Ayurvedic medicine dates back thousands of years, with many indications of its potential as a powerful therapeutic.
- Ashwagandha is classified as a “rasayana,” the most highly regarded Ayurvedic medicinal substance.
- Somnifera refers to a Latin term meaning “to sleep,” alluding to the herb’s sedative properties.
- Traditional ashwagandha preparations may incorporate ghee, honey, sugar, milk, sesame oil or water.