Common names: Indian ginseng, Winter cherry

Essential components: Withanolide D

Properties: Adaptogen, Aphrodisiac

Summary: This herb is known for its balancing effects; it can increase energy without being too overstimulating. Ashwagandha has the ability to act as a steroid and increase steroidal hormones like testosterone. The key component of Ashwagandha, Withanolide D, has been found to inhibit the growth of cancerous tumor activity. 

Uses: Supplements, Herbal tea

Precautions: Avoid high doses of Ashwagandha during pregnancy because this herb can cause early termination.