ashwagandha

noun
ash·wa·gan·dha | \ ˌä-shwə-ˈgän-də \
variants: or Ashwagandha

Medical Definition of ashwagandha 

: a preparation usually of the leaves or roots of an evergreen shrub (Withania somnifera) native to Africa, Asia, and southern Europe that is used in herbal medicine especially as a tonic, anti-inflammatory, and adaptogen While ashwagandha may be best known for its ability to soothe stress and anxiety, it also has a reputation as an invigorating tonic that counteracts various types of inflammation, including arthritis. —Brenda Adderly, Better Nutrition, September 2001

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