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Ashwaghanda (Withania somnifera)

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Quick warnings: Ashwaghanda has been said to irritate stomach ulcers. Other studies however, show that can be useful for preventing stress induced ulcers [Afr J Tradit Complement Altern Med. 2011; 8(5 Suppl): 208-213. Published online 20133 Jul 3 doi: 10.4314/ajtcam.v8i5S.9 PMCID: PMC3252722 PMID: 22754076 ] If you have stomach ulcers, you'll be interested in: Mullein, Echinacea, Goldenseal, Aloe Vera.


Plant family: nightshade family[Solanaceae] (pepper family)([2]) ( others in this family include deadly nightshade[atropa bella donna], datura("devils weed"), and henbane[Hyoscyamus niger] ). It just so happens that the other members of the nightshade family are all highly poisonous, and deadly. Not Ashwaghanda though, interestingly. Surprisingly, tomatoes are in this plant family as well. Shocking no?


Note on the Arndt–Schulz rule. It has to do with the effects of pharmaca or poisons in various concentrations: It States that: "For every substance, small doses stimulate, moderate doses inhibit, large doses kill." The amount of certain chemicals present in deadly nightshade and datura are lethal, meaning they can kill. However, these same deadly chemicals are found in tomatoes and Ashwaghanda in trace amounts, making them not only safe, but having medicinal properties. This is according to this medical rule. It is an academic principle ( a scientifically observed phenomena )[4]


Properties: anxiety, cancer, microbial infection, immunomodulation, neurodegenerative disorders, antimicrobial, anti-snake venom poison[1]


Phytochemicals: withanolideA, withanolide D, withaferin A and withaniamides. Also contains: tropane, ( also found in Datura and deadly nightshade(atropa bella donna) tropine, and cuscohygrine; Tropine is an anticholinergic drug prototypical of the muscarinic antagonist class.[3] Cuscohygrine is a pyrrolidine alkaloid found in coca![3] Main constituents: alkaloids and steroidal lactones;

All of these are documented on academic databases like PubChem and Google Scholar. I link to them at the bottom of every page. [ Note this is not all of them that exist within the plant, and I never claim to cover everyone. I try to get as many as possible listed though. ]


Quick observation: So we can see that interestingly chemial composition is shared among different types of plants, but in varying degrees. For example, the amount of tropane and tropine in Atropa belladonna(deadly nightshade), is lethal(deadly), however only trace amounts can be found in Ashwaghanda, making it safe. The same is so for tomatoes. Tomatoes contain some of the same poisonous chemicals that are found in Bella donna as well, execpt in such small amounts that they are safe. God truly is the most advanced chemist on earth. It bothers me that men take credit for his work and alter his creations into serpent abominations.


Quick investigative note: It looks to me like there seems to be people changing and covering up wikipedia articles. I looked on the internet archives ( the wayback machine ) and found that the old wikipedia entry from 2015 mentions the fact that this herb contains tropine and tropane alkaloids. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Withania_somnifera The old citation on my old website comes in handy because I can see the changes on these articles. I smell a coverup. Interesting. I picked a date close to it on the internet archives, and here it is: Wikipedia's Withania_somnifera page from 2015 Yep. Socialist worst nightmare. It looks like someone is covering this up. I can't seem to find much about it on the Google scholar either. I do see a lot of academic citations on this article on wikiepdia however. This is a credible fact.


Proteins: Withania somnifera glycoprotein and withania lectin like-protein possess potent therapeutic properties like antimicrobial, anti-snake venom poison and antimicrobial


What is phytochemistry: In my own words, a branch of chemistry that drug companies use to rip off Gods design, and take credit for it, and get praise from stealing medicinal components of plants, aka phytochemicals. These constituents ( as they're often referred to as ) are created within plants. The instructions for how to make them is encoded into the plants genetics). These blueprints allow the plant to produce these "phytochemicals" using the process of phytosynthesis as the fuel behind their creation. It's very interesting. These plants produce pharmacological constituents that interest big drug companies. Certain plants that contain certain chemicals, can get a white van parked outside of your house if you sell them or market them, so to speak. It's not uncommon for drug manufacturers to alter the chemical structure of a drug from the source ( so it is made in the likeness of the original component of the plant[that which is in the earth beneath] ) I find this diabolical. It's cheating, supremacy.


Ashwaghanda is a calming herb in general. It is utilized by herbalist to calm a person down. Some use it to help them sleep, and it is known as an adaptogen(helps the body learn to cope with stress) This makes it very useful for dealing with anxiety and related issues, according to herbalist. The science tends to agree on these things, as studies clearly demonstrate the medicinal benefits that these herbs provide. Unfortunately greed and socialism do not want the general population to understand or realize this. That's where I come in, the informer.


Ezekiel 47:12 "And by the river upon the bank thereof, on this side and on that side, shall grow all trees for meat, whose leaf shall not fade, neither shall the fruit thereof be consumed: it shall bring forth new fruit according to his months, because their waters they issued out of the sanctuary: and the fruit thereof shall be for meat, and the leaf thereof for medicine."



Not evaluated or approved by the FDA. Consult your healthcare provider before use. Scientific facts are not to be taken as medical claims says the FDA. Not intended to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure, any ailments, conditions, dieases etc. I am affiliated with the buy links on this page for Ashwaghanda specifically and do earn a commission. Thanks.

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Via Wikipedia.org

Academic Sources:

[1] A Dar, P., R Singh, L., A Kamal, M., & A Dar, T. (2016). Unique medicinal properties of Withania somnifera: Phytochemical constituents and protein component. Current pharmaceutical design, 22(5), 535-540. url: https://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/
ben/cpd/2016/00000022/00000005/art00004

[3] Bui T, Duong H. Muscarinic Agonists. [Updated 2023 Apr 26]. In: StatPearls [Internet]. Treasure Island (FL): StatPearls Publishing; 2024 Jan-. Available from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK553130/

Encyclopedia references / sources:

[2] https://www.encyclopedia.com/medicine/...

https://web.archive.org/web/20151107140241/... Wikipedia contributors. (2015, November 7). Withania somnifera. In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 2015, November 7, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Withania_somnifera&oldid=1213692989

[4] Wikipedia contributors. (2023, October 27). Arndt–Schulz rule. In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 10:48, March 15, 2024, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?
title=Arndt%E2%80%93Schulz_rule&oldid=1182192036

Via: scholar.google.com


Resources / Links:


PubChem ( The National Library Of Medicine )

Google Scholar scholar.google.com

Jstor.org

Internet Archives

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Here is Ashwaghanda, scientific name: Withania somnifera.

March 14, 2024