Indian Ginseng: Dosage, Properties, Consumption, All the Secrets of Ashwagandha!

Indian ginseng: what is it?

If you have not yet heard of this plant that is called initially “Ashwagandha,” now is the time! Today, the interest in it goes beyond traditional Indian healing arts.

Its name of Sanskrit origin, moreover, means “smell of the horse”; it is supposed to give those who consume it the strength of a horse. In botany, it belongs to the species of With Ania somniferous and is considered a natural adaptogen.

Indian ginseng or Ashwagandha has a long history. In Ayurveda, this plant has been used for more than 3000 years, while in Europe, it has only recently been counted among medicinal plants and is gradually gaining in importance.

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Use case.

The plant reaches a height of about one to two meters and bears bright red fruits – hence the other name by which it is known: “the winter cherry.” However, only its leaves, and especially its root, is of interest as regards its use.

This plant grows mainly in dry areas, such as in the tropics and subtropics. In India, it is a plant that is an integral part of the landscape.

In Ayurvedic cooking alone, it is an ingredient in over 200 different preparations. It is also used for other purposes.


In Germany, we do not have enough information about Indian ginseng as a foodstuff and its use.

In Europe, it is classified as a novel food and therefore as a foodstuff. Its use is mainly for the production of tea-based drinks and food supplements.

If you want to buy Indian ginseng, you will find it mainly on the Internet, in tablet, capsule, and ground plant material is taken from the root. The powder can be prepared in the form of tea, for example.

But how to dose it? Depending on which manufacturer it is, different consumption recommendations can vary considerably. Thus, some recommend one capsule per day, others two or three. In the case of powder, we take a teaspoon of it once or twice a day.

In addition, the daily intake of withanolides also differs due to the different recommendations for consumption. According to the Bundesinstitut für Risikobewertung (the German Risk Assessment Institute), an infusion of Ashwagandha varies between 5 and 61 mg. The institute also stresses that the various food supplements available on the market do not make it possible to know what quantity of the different active substances is contained. In this sense, the recommendation can be made regarding Indian ginseng supplementation.

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Side effects

We now come to a complex but essential part, which should make it possibly better to understand the mystery of the so-called “winter cherry.”

According to the World Health Organization in 2009, eating its roots could lead to diarrhea, vomiting, and nausea. According to the Consumer Advisory Center, caution is always required with exotic plants because there is insufficient evidence of safety so far.

It is also possible that it could interact with other medicines. It is, therefore, certainly not wrong to seek the advice of an expert, for example, a doctor or a pharmacist, in case of doubt.

Contraindications: Women should entirely refrain from taking the powder, capsules, and other ashwagandha products during pregnancy or breastfeeding. The same is true for people with chronic illnesses.

In any case, we recommend that you seek your doctor’s opinion before starting to take any supplements.

Indian ginseng: our conclusion

  • Ashwagandha is a plant whose root is used as a remedy and which is mainly used in Ayurveda.
  • It is known as Ashwagandha, Indian ginseng, or winter cherry.
  • It is versatile.
  • Nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea can occur when taking drugs, of which it is a component.
  • We do not yet have enough scientific information on its beneficial effects on health.
  • There is not yet enough scientific evidence demonstrating the danger that it is likely to represent for health.