Ashwagandha Churna By Divya | Patanjali

Ashwagandha Churna or powder in ayurveda is used to treat oligospermia, azoospermia, impotency, female infertility.

Divya Ashwagandha Churna or Patanjali Ashvagandha Churna is a medicinal powder containing only one ingredient Ashwagandha. It is an herbal Ayurvedic product of Swami Ramdev’s Patanjali Ayurved and Divya Pharmacy.

ashwagandha churna

Ashwagandha Leaves

Ashwagandha refers to the roots of the plant Withania somnifera. It is natural tonic for overall improvement of the health. Ashwagandha is known as Indian ginseng and it is known to provide energy and strength to all body parts.

The only ingredient of this medicine is Ashwagandha. Ashwagandha is sedative, diuretic, anti-inflammatory and generally indicated for increasing energy, endurance, and acts as an-adaptogen that exerts a strong immunostimulatory and anti- stress agent. In Ayurveda, Ashwagandha is indicated for cold and coughs, ulcers, emaciation, diabetes, conjunctivitis, epilepsy, insomnia, senile dementia, leprosy, Parkinson’s disease, nervous disorders, rheumatism, arthritis, intestinal infections, bronchitis, asthma, impotence and a suppressant in HIV/AIDS patients. Ashwagandha promotes stronger immune system, physical strength, lustrous complexion, clarity of mind and sense of well-being.

Here is given more about this medicine, such as benefits, indication/therapeutic uses, composition and dosage

  • Manufacturer:  Divya Pharmacy the manufacturing unit of Patanjali Yogpeeth, Patanjali Ayurved
  • Reference Text: Bhav Prakasha Nighantu
  • Synonyms: Divya Ashwagandha Churna
  • Availability:  Online and at medical stores
  • Type of medicine: Classical Medicine
  • Main Indication: Debility, fatigue, weakness
  • MRP/Price: Ashwagandha Churna 100 gram @ INR 60

Ashwagandha Churna Composition

Ingredients present in this formulation are given below:

Each 5 grams contains:

Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera)

Know the Ingredient of Ashwagandha Churna

Withania somnifera (L.) Dunal (Solanaceae)

Ashwagandha is also known as Withania, Winter Cherry, Indian Winter Cherry and Indian Ginseng. For medicinal purpose, the roots of plant are used.  It is especially useful for males as it promotes libido and increases the production of bone marrow and semen. It is well known for its aphrodisiac property.

Ashwagandha contains:

Alkaloids: About 13 alkaloids are known as Isopelletierine, Anaferine, Cuseohygrine, Anahygrine, Tropine etc.

Somniferin: It is a bitter alkaloid with some hypnotic activity.

Steroidal Lactones: Withanolides, Withanoferins.

Saponins, resin, Iron, fat, coloring matters, a reducing sugar, phytosterol, Ipuranol and a mixture of saturated and unsaturated acids.

Ashwagandha is one of the best Ayurvedic herb with alterative, aphrodisiac, deobstruent, diuretic, narcotic, sedative, restorative rejuvenative, antiageing, immunostimulatory and adptogenic properties. It stimulates the immune system, reduces inflammation, promotes memory, and helps maintain general health and wellness.

Ayurvedic Properties and Action of Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha consists of dried mature roots of Withania somnifera Dunal. It is astringent, bitter, sweet in taste (Rasa), sweet after digestion (Vipaka), and is hot in effect (Virya). It is an Ushna Virya herb. Ushna Virya or hot potency herb, subdues Vata (Wind) and Kapha (Mucus) and increases Pitta (Bile). Ashwagandha is energizing-warming tonic.

Ashwagandha nourishes Majja (Bone marrow and nerve tissues) and Shukra Dhatu (Reproductive tissue). For males, Ashwagandha promotes sexual health by uplifting the mood, reducing anxiety, improving energy levels and fertility, thus supporting sexual performance.

It has direct spermatogenic effect and helps to improve sperm count. It exerts testosterone like effect influencing the seminiferous tubules.

  • Rasa (taste on tongue): Kashaya (Astringent), Madhura (Sweet), Tikta (Bitter)
  • Guna (Pharmacological Action): Guru (Heavy)
  • Virya (Action): Ushna (Heating)
  • Vipaka (transformed state after digestion): Madhura (Sweet)
  • Dosha effect: Vata and Kapha Reducing, Pitta increasing
  • Dhatu (tissue): Blood, muscle, fat, bone, nerve, reproductive
  • Srota (channel): Reproductive, nervous, respiratory

Ayurvedic Action of Ashwagandha Churna

  1. Balya: Increases strength
  2. Brimhaniya: Strength-promoting
  3. Hridaya: Heart tonic.
  4. Medhya: Promotes the intellect
  5. Nidrajnana: Promotes sleep
  6. Ojasvardhanam: Increases ojas
  7. Rasayana: Rejuvenative
  8. Shothahara: Prevents consumption and wasting diseases
  9. Shukral: Increases semen and give force of ejaculation.
  10. Shwasa: Benefits breathing
  11. Vajikarana: Increases sexual desire and gives strength to reproductive organs.
  12. Vatakaphahara: Reduces Kapha and Vata
  13. Vedanasthapana: Reduces pain
  14. Vrishya: Increases sexual potency

Biomedical Action of Ashwagandha Churna

  1. Adaptogen: Substance considered to help the body adapt to stress.
  2. Analgesic: Relieve pain.
  3. Antianaemic: Treat or to prevent anemia.
  4. Antidepressant: Prevent or treat depression.
  5. Anti-inflammatory: Reducing inflammation by acting on body mechanisms.
  6. Antioxidant: Neutralize the oxidant effect of free radicals and other substances.
  7. Antitumour: Inhibiting the growth of a tumour or tumours.
  8. Aphrodisiac:  Stimulates sexual desire.
  9. Immunomodulatory: Modifies   the immune response or the functioning of the immune system.
  10. Reproductive tonic: Tonic for reproductive organs.
  11. Sedative: Promoting calm or inducing sleep
  12. Tonic: Restore or improve health or well-being.

Patanjali Ashwagandha Churna Health Benefits

Ashwagandha offers numerous health benefits. Some of them are given below:

Performance booster

  1. For males, Ashwagandha promotes sexual health by uplifting the mood, reducing anxiety, improving energy levels and fertility, thus supporting sexual performance.
  2. It boosts energy, stamina and vigour.
  3. It has antistress action.
  4. It has direct spermatogenic effect and helps to improve sperm count. It exerts testosterone like effect influencing the seminiferous tubules.
  5. It has testosterone like effects.
  6. It helps to increase the libido, sexual power and performance.
  7. It improves fertility in males.
  8. It increases muscle mass.
  9. It increases the sexual vitality.
  10. It is excellent aphrodisiac and improves libido.
  11. It is strength-promoting.

Benefits for Women

  1. It contains phytoestrogen.
  2. It supports female reproductive system, and increases ovarian weight and folliculogenesis.
  3. It increases hemoglobin (red blood count) and hair melanin.
  4. It is excellent tonic for uterus muscles.
  5. It gives relief in menstrual imbalance accompanied with excessive Vata and Kapha.
  6. It has galactagogue effect and stimulates secretion of breast milk in lactating mothers.
  7. It gives strength and cures debility when consumed post – delivery.

Swelling Reducing

  1. It has anti-inflammatory properties.
  2. It helps in the improving the blood supply.
  3. It gives relief in pain.
  4. It helps in musculo-skeletal disorders like
  5. osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, sciatica etc.

Brain Booster

  1. It supports better functioning of brain by reducing stress, anxiety and inflammation.
  2. It improves cognitive ability and memory.
  3. It gives relief in vertigo, depression and other mental disorders.

Immunity Booster

  1. It improves body immunity to fight diseases.
  2. It increases the white blood cells count and helps in fighting against various microorganisms and allergens.
  3. It works as a nervine-sedative action and reduces stress and anxiety.

Other Benefits

  1. It is natural antioxidant.
  2. It improves energy level.
  3. It supports better sleep.
  4. It is Rejuvenating.
  5. It helps to lower blood pressure and is highly effective in stopping the formation of stress induced ulcers.
  6. It stabilizes blood sugar and lowers cholesterol.

Patanjali Ashwagandha Churna Therapeutic Uses

  1. Ageing
  2. Anxiety
  3. Arthritis
  4. As a tonic
  5. Boost fertility in men
  6. Depression
  7. Diabetes
  8. Diabetes related health problems
  9. Fatigue
  10. Generalized weakness
  11. High cholesterol
  12. Impaired glucose tolerance
  13. Improving sperm quality
  14. Insomnia Sleeplessness
  15. Joint inflammation
  16. Male infertility
  17. Male sexual dysfunctions
  18. Pain in joints
  19. Pain in muscles Fibromyalgia
  20. Reduce blood pressure
  21. Skin disorders
  22. Stress
  23. Swelling

Patanjali Ashwagandha Churna Dosage

The recommended dosage of medicine is 2 to 5 grams.

  • It should be taken twice a day, in the morning and evening.
  • It should be preferably taken with milk.
  • Or take as directed by doctor.

Suggestions, Contraindications, Interactions, Side-effects and Warnings

  1. It is completely safe to take this medicine in recommended doses.
  2. Do not take if congested.
  3. It is sometimes difficult to digest Ashwagandha without digestive spices.
  4. Effectivity of herbal medicine depends on many factors. A medicine suitable for one person may not essentially give same result in another person.
  5. Excessive doses of Ashwagandha should not be taken during pregnancy. Though traditionally used during pregnancy to strengthen the uterus and health of the mother and child.
  6. Exact dose depends on the age, strength, digestive power of the patient, the nature of the illness, the state of the viscera and humours, and the properties of individual drugs.
  7. Some studies contraindicate use of Ashwagandha (spasmolytic activity on the uterus) during pregnancy.
  8. Keep away from the sight and reach of children.
  9. Please maintain a gap of at least an hour between intake of any allopathic drug and Ayurvedic medicine to avoid drug interaction, if any.
  10. Do not use many different medicines for the treatments of same disease.
  11. Do not take this herb with other sedatives or anti-anxiety drugs.
  12. Large doses can cause diarrhea, stomach upset and vomiting.
  13. Ashwagandha may have blood-glucose-lowering effects, these seem to be mild, and would not generally be expected to affect the control of diabetes with conventional medicines.
  14. It has blood pressure lowering effects. People already suffering from low blood pressure should take Ashwagandha cautiously.
  15. Ashwagandha may affect the reliability of digoxin assays, and interfere with the control of hypo- and hyperthyroidism.
  16. Limited evidence suggests that Ashwagandha increases thyroid hormone levels and therefore interferes with the control of hypo and hyperthyroidism.
  17. Stop taking Ashwagandha two weeks before any surgery.
  18. High dosages of alkaloids from Withania exhibit prolonged hypotensive, bradycardiac and respiratory stimulant actions, may also have depressant effect on higher cerebral centers; sedative effects have also been demonstrated.
  19. Ashwagandha is well tolerated for most of the people.

FAQs About Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera)

What are other common names of Withania somnifera?

Some of the Common Names of Ashwaganda Include Ajagandha, Amangura, Amukkirag, Asan, Asgand, Asgandh, Asgandha, Ashagandha, Ashvagandha, Ashwaganda, Asoda, Asundha, Asvagandha, Aswagandha, Avarada, Ayurvedic Ginseng, Clustered Wintercherry, Ghoda Asoda, Indian Ginseng, Kanaje Hindi, Kuthmithi, Samm Al Ferakh, Turangi-Ghanda, Winter Cherry and Withania.

What are the main pharmacological properties of Ashwagandha?

Ashwagandha is reported to have analgesic, anti-pyretic, anxiolytic, immunomodulatory, sedative, hypotensive, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant effects.

What are chief indications of Ashwagandha?

Male sexual problems, debility, nervous problems, insomnia, low immunity, digestive problems, arthritis, skin problems, coughs, asthma, anxiety, fevers, fainting, giddiness and insomnia.

Is Ashwagandha difficult to digest?

Yes, it is heavy or guru or difficult to digest. It reduces Vata but increase Kapha and nourish the whole system.

What is best Anupaan (with which the drug is to be taken) for Ashwagandha?

The best fluid vehicle with which Ashwagandha should be taken is Milk. Milk counteracts pitta and also encourages the nourishing effect.

What can be side-effects of Ashwagandha on excessive use?

It is Pitta increasing in high dosage.

It has qualities of being heavy, hard and solid. Excessive intake can result in obstructions to the cavities of the head with excessive earwax, nasal secretions, eye secretions etc.

Large doses can cause diarrhea and upset stomach.

Ashwagandha may have blood-glucose-lowering effects, these seem to be mild, and would not generally be expected to affect the control of diabetes with conventional medicines.

Should I take Ashwagandha during pregnancy?

Excessive doses of Ashwagandha should not be taken during pregnancy. Though traditionally used during pregnancy to strengthen the uterus and health of the mother and child. BUT Some western studies contraindicate use of Ashwagandha (spasmolytic activity on the uterus) during pregnancy. Until further studies are done it is best avoided during pregnancy.

Does Ashwagandha help to stop hair fall after delivery?

Yes. Ashwagandha helps to reduce hair fall.

Does Ashwagandha reduces blood sugar level?

Limited evidence suggests that Ashwagandha has blood-glucose lowering effects.

What are the cautions while taking Ashwagandha?

Do not take this herb with other sedatives or anti-anxiety drugs. Some constituents of Ashwagandha can make you drowsy, so it should not be combined with sedative drugs.

Ashwagandha may have blood-glucose-lowering effects, these seem to be mild, and would not generally be expected to affect the control of diabetes with conventional medicines.

Ashwagandha may affect the reliability of digoxin assays, and interfere with the control of hypo- and hyperthyroidism.

The animal data available suggest that, in patients taking digoxin and Ashwagandha, digoxin levels might be spuriously elevated when assayed using a fluorescence.

Limited evidence suggests that Ashwagandha increases thyroid hormone levels and therefore interferes with the control of hypo and hyperthyroidism.

High dosages of alkaloids from Withania exhibit prolonged hypotensive, bradycardiac and respiratory stimulant actions, may also have depressant effect on higher cerebral centers; sedative effects have also been demonstrated.

It increases Ama Dosha.

Use with caution in peptic ulcer disease as it may cause gastrointestinal irritation.

People who are sensitive to the Solanaceae family should use this herb with caution.

Ashwagandha should be taken cautiously in in excess pitta and ama with congestion.

It appears to be well tolerated according to clinical research. No significant adverse toxicity or adverse reactions reported.

Does Ashwagandha reduce stress?

Yes. During stress, Ashwagandha suppresses the increases of plasma corticosterone, blood urea nitrogen, blood lactic acid, and the increase of dopamine receptors in the corpus striatum of the brain and thus helps in stress.

What can be the possible drug interaction?

  1. Benzodiazepines
  2. Central nervous system depressants
  3. Immunosuppressant drugs
  4. Thyroid hormone

What does toxicity study say about Ashwagandha?

Ashwagandha is nontoxic and does not cause any serious side-effects.

Subacute toxicity studies with repeated injections of Withania somnifera extract at a dose of 100 mg/kg body weight for 30 days in Wistar rats of either sex did not result in any mortality or changes in peripheral blood constituents.

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