Ashwagandha – Learn About a Great Herb for Stamina


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Ashwagandha is a very famous herb in Ayurveda, and it has become famous outside of India after Korean ginseng became popular some years ago. Ashwagandha has similar adaptogenic properties as ginseng. It helps you deal with the elevated pressure of more and more stress in life.

Ashwa mean horse in Sanskrit, and gandha mean smell. This can be taken literally because the secondary aroma of ashwagandha is very much like the smell of a horse. But on a deeper level, Vaidya Mishra interprets the word gandha to mean character, or essence—the smell of something can be thought of as the intrinsic character of that thing. Ashwagandha gives you the character of a horse in many ways.

Horses are able to adapt to increasing levels of stress. Race horses are trained to run faster and faster. The reason people race horses instead of other animals is that horses are able to cope with this constant increase of stress. As horses can handle a great load of stress, ashwagandha helps to you to gain the same ability; it gives you the stamina of a horse—physically, mentally and sexually. It helps you win the races that life gives you. These are the properties of the herb, and you can see that they fit nicely with the meaning of the Sanskrit name, ashwagandha.

What You Will Learn in This Section of the Course

In this 32 minute audio lecture, you will learn five other Sanskrit names for ashwagandha which are useful when studying the Ayurvedic texts or when identifying the herb in the wild. Ashwagandha, like most of the herbs described in Ayurveda, has many synonyms, and each name brings out a different quality of the herb. These names also help you to remember what ashwagandha does.

You will learn eight prabhavas (special properties) of ashwagandha and how to take advantage of those properties without aggravating the doshas (vata, pitta, kapha). You will also learn about the physical properties of ashwagandha, the rasa (taste), guna (qualities), virya (potency), and vipak (post-digestive effect), which are essential to know if you want to use the herb without causing imbalance in the process.

Ashwagandha is a very valuable herb, but it should not be used as a blanket treatment for stress. When you study this Sanskrit verse with Vaidya Mishra you will understand how to use ashwagandha in a balanced way, and how to know when to avoid using it.

You will also learn which of the seven dhatus (tissues) this herb nourishes and strengthens.

Ashwagandha In Our Herbal Products

Ashwagandha is an ingredient in many of Vaidya Mishra’s herbal formulations.  Here is a list of the main ashwagandha products.

Ashwagandha Herbal Memory Nectar

  • Gives just the prabhavas (special qualities) and sukshma bhag (subtle essence) of ashwagandha without its physical (heating) properties.
  • Provides a very gentle delivery of this powerful herb.
  • Is suspended in the nectar of sweet squashes to balance the warming effect of ashwagandha.
  • Should be added to 1 to 2 liters of cool water and sipped throughout the day, also minimizing the ushna (heating) quality of the herb.
  • Does not have to go through the digestive, metabolic or liver system which could corrupt the herb’s intelligence.
  • Is ready to be absorbed and used by the brain and body to help improve stamina against stress.

Ashwagandha Herbal Soap

  • Get transdermal absorption of ashwagandha while you bathe.
  • Only the prabhavas (special qualities) of ashwagandha are delivered, the ushna (heating) quality is not there.
  • This is one of our most delicious smelling soaps (the whole bathroom is filled with its aroma).
  • Start your day with extra herbal support for mental and physical stamina.

Ashwagandha Transdermal Cream

  • Strengthen the mind by delivering the balya prabhava (strengthening quality) of ashwagandha to the brain transdermally (through the skin).
  • Receive the benefit of this herb without overwhelming the body with it’s ushna guna (heating quality)—important for the high-pitta physiology.
  • Bypass the liver and digestive system (if these are weak, or toxic, they can corrupt the herb or prevent it from being fully utilized).
  • Enjoy continuous absorption through the skin for several hours (such as when you sleep).

Total Ashwagandha Tablets

  • Very high quality, wildcrafted herbal supplement
  • Good for kapha and vata people, that don’t need to worry about the ushna guna (heating quality).
  • Gives the physical properties of the herb, which are sometimes necessary.

Ashwagandha Plus Tablets

  • Very high quality, wildcrafted herbal supplement
  • Contains DGL (de-glycerized licorice).
  • Ok for pitta people, who need the warming quality of ashwagandha to be balanced by the cooling quality of DGL.
  • Gives the physical properties of the herb, which are sometimes necessary.

How to Use the Course Materials

When you download the zip file for this section of the course (and unzip it using a free unzip program like 7-Zip), you will find a PDF file (which can be opened with the free Adobe Reader) and an MP3 file (which can be played on any MP3 player such as iPod or iTunes).  You can listen to the audio alone, but for the first time through (at least), we recommend that you follow along with the PDF documents to make sure that all of the concepts are clear.  The PDF’s sometimes contain visual diagrams in addition to the Sanskrit verses.  If you learn visually, reading along with the PDF will be helpful.

We also recommend reviewing the PDF, and re-listening to the MP3 file many times, so that you begin to recognize the knowledge and own it.  These MP3 files are especially good to put on your MP3 player so you can listen in the car.  Just as it is easy to remember songs you hear over and over on the radio, you will find that the knowledge in these lectures will stick to you with no effort when you hear them over and over.  You will also find that your understanding of the material deepens each time you hear them.


This product and statements have not been evaluated by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) and are not intended to be used to diagnose, treat or cure any disease. All of the information above is intended for educational purposes only and may not be used to replace or compliment medical advice.


The sole purpose of this blog is to provide information about the alternative healing modalities of Shaka Vansiya Ayurveda (SVA) as practiced in Vaidya Mishra's ancestral family tradition. The information contained herein is not intended for use in the diagnosis, prevention or cure of any disease. If you have any serious, acute or chronic health concern, please consult a licensed health professional who can fully assess your needs and address them effectively. Otherwise, for more information, you may call Vaidya Mishra's Prana Center toll free in the USA at 1.888.3CHANDI (888.324.2634). or 1.818.709.1005 globally, or email us at: You may also visit:, or

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