Used for thousands of years by Ayurvedic medicine, ashwagandha, or winter cherry, as it is more popularly known in Brazil, has great medicinal properties. One of the main ones is increasing the body’s energy levels, which is why it is also known as Indian ginseng.

Benefits of Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha is also known as a herbal remedy, used to treat sexual impotence, stress and fatigue caused by physical and mental effort, stimulate the immune system, stabilize blood sugar levels, reduce cholesterol and treat insomnia.

The plant, which has its origins in Africa, the Mediterranean region, and India can be used in the treatment of cancer. According to studies, the plant has properties that make cancer cells more sensitive to radiotherapy or chemotherapy. This speeds up the healing process.

Active principles

Roots and leaves are the most used parts of plants therapeutically. They concentrate active principles that are composed of lactone alkaloids and steroids in a class called withanolides.

Ashwagandha tea

To prepare ashwagandha tea, you will need 200 ml of water and a small portion of the plant’s root or leaves. Heat the water until it boils, then put the plant parts in a cup and pour the water over them. Leave to steep for about 10 minutes. After that time, strain and can ingest.


Ashwagandha consumption is not recommended for pregnant or nursing women, patients with autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis or lupus, or individuals with stomach ulcers. The plant has a sedative effect, so it can trigger complications in these people.

The plant can also lower blood pressure. Irregular drinking can cause blood pressure to drop in people with a history of low blood pressure.

It is also important to remember that its consumption should not be associated with alcoholic beverages, as it can harm the body. To consume the plant safely, the indication is that the doctor is consulted.