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Published on:12/2010
Pharmacognosy Journal, 2011; 2(18):77-80
Review Article | doi:10.1016/S0975-3575(11)80030-1

Withania somnifera (L.) Dunal(Pharmacology Activity)

Authors and affiliation (s):

M. Akram1, E. Mohiuddin2, Abdul Hannan3, Khan Usmanghani*3

1Department of Basic Medical Sciences,

2Department of Surgery and Allied Sciences,

3Department of Pre-clinical Sciences, Faculty of Eastern Medicine, Hamdard University.


Withania somnifera has a long medicinal history dating back 5000 years. Ashwagandha or Withania Somnifera is a very significant herbal drug in Unani system of medicine. This meticulous herb was used to treat a variety of infectious diseases as well as tremors and inflammation especially osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and gout. Ashwagandha or Withania Somnifera is a stunning delicate plant inhabitant to Indian subcontinent. Defined by green leaves, branched limbs, and topped by seeded yellow flowers. Ashwagandha or Withania Somnifera is an eye-catching in look and of very importance in Ayurveda or Indian System of Medication. Ashwagandha or Withania Somnifera has a vast history, about 5000 years, as a holistic herb used to treat a variety of ailments.


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