Ashwagandha: World Champion Herb is Almost A Secret

By Dr. Bob McCauley

I take a few herbs each and every day, and one of them is Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) – better known as Indian Ginseng.  I know of no other herb capable of giving you the kind of endurance energy that Ashwagandha delivers.

  • Diuretic
  • Reduces Melancholy and Apprehension
  • Heart Tonic
  • Defends Against Cognitive Decline
  • Regulates Blood Sugar
  • Pain Relief
  • Sleep Aid
  • Helps neurological function
  • Eye Health
  • Lowers Cholesterol
  • Combats Stress
  • reduces joint inflammation
  • Better sleep
  • reduces abnormal cell growth
  • Respiratory health
  • combats loss of  skin pigmentation
  • Muscle and nerve pains
  • Menstrual Problems
  • liver problems
  • Even Combats Hiccups


Ashwagandha is the most popular herb in India. It is often called “Indian Ginseng.”   Pictured left is a 2000 yr old manuscript describing Ashwagandha and it’s incredible health benefits.  Ashwagandha is thought to have been used in India for more than 5000 years.

It is primarily known for boosting the immune system by increasing white blood cell ashwagandha-rootproduction.  It has a positive effect on sexual health by increasing fertility and sperm count. It is used as an aphrodisiac.

Ashwagandha is also used as a diuretic, reduces melancholy and apprehension, is a heart tonic, defends against cognitive decline, regulates blood sugar, pain relief, sleep aid, anti-epileptic, eye health, lowers cholesterol, prevents abnormal cell growth, combats stress.  Ashwagandha is used for joint inflammation, reduce doubt and worry, sleep aid, reduce abnormal cell growth, respiratory issues, loss of pigmentation in skin, muscle and nerve pains, menstrual problems, and liver problems.  It has even been used to combat hiccups.

Ashwagandha is a plant. The root and berry are used to make what Indians call medicine or more actually medicinal herb.

Ashwagandha is also used as an “adaptogen” to help the body cope with daily stress, and as a general tonic.

Ashwagandha improves cognitive ability.  It decreasing pain and swelling (inflammation), and preventing the effects of aging. It is also used for fertility problems in men and women and also to increase sexual desire.

Ashwagandha is often applied to the skin for treating wounds. It can be used on open wounds in the form of a poultice.  It has anti-fungal and antibacterial properties which help to defend against infection.

We offer Chlorella/Ashwagandha Tablets, which make it easy to take Ashwagandha since it has a bitter taste.  Also the protein the chlorella helps the body to absorb the nutrients found in Ashwagandha more easily.

Don’t confuse Ashwagandha with Physalis alkekengi since both are known as winter cherry.

Scholars at Banaras Hindu University, India, have conducted research that has shown that many of the elements of Ashwagandhaare antioxidants. The researchers looked at the effects these elements have on the brains of test animals and found that Ashwagandha led to larger amounts of three different natural antioxidants: superoxide dismutase, catalase and glutathione peroxidase. The scholars conclude, “These findings are consistent with the therapeutic use of W. somnifera as an health promoter. The antioxidant effect of active principles of W. somnifera may explain, at least in part, the reported anti-stress, cognition-facilitating, anti-inflammatory and anti-aging effects produced by them in experimental animals, and in clinical situations.”   For years, Indians have prescribed Ashwagandha as a treatment for cerebral problems in the elderly, including memory loss.


Ashwagandha Factoid
The name Ashwagandha is from the Sanskrit language and is a combination of the word black friesian stallion gallop in sunsetashva, meaning horse, and gandha, meaning smell. The root has a strong aroma that is described as “horse-like.”



Here is my video on Ashwagandha.


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About Bob McCauley

Bob McCauley, ND (Robert F., Jr.) was raised in Lansing, Michigan and attended Michigan State University (BA, 1980 in Journalism). He is a naturopathic doctor, Master Herbalist and a Certified Nutritional Consultant. He has traveled extensively, both domestically and abroad, visiting over 32 countries. He published Confessions of a Body Builder: Rejuvenating the Body with Spirulina, Chlorella, Raw Foods and Ionized Water (2000), Achieving Great Health (2005), The Miraculous Properties of Ionized Water, (2006) which is the only book on the market that exclusively addresses Ionized Water, Twelve (Fiction, 2007) and Honoring the Temple of God (2008). He considers himself a Naturalist, meaning he pursues health in the most natural way possible. He studies and promotes nature as the only way to true health. From 2002-2004 he hosted the radio program Achieving Great Health, which was heard by thousands of people each day. His guests included some of the most well-known and respected names in the natural health world. With the help of his father, Dr. Robert F. McCauley, Sr. (Doctorate in Environmental Engineering, MIT, 1953) they started Spartan Water Company in 1992, which sold vended water machines in supermarkets. Robert Jr. founded Spartan Enterprises, Inc. in 1993. He is a Certified Water Technician with the State of Michigan. He is also a Type II Public Water Supply Specialist and has the certifications of S-5 and D-5. The McCauley family has a long history in the water industry. Bob's father pioneered environmental issues regarding ground water and drinking water quality. He received his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1953 for his thesis on removing radioactive strontium from water. He earned his doctorate in Environmental Engineering in less than 2 years, one of the shortest doctoral studies in the history of MIT. He taught civil, sanitary and environmental engineering at Michigan State University for 18 years before retiring to run Wolverine Engineers & Surveyors of Mason, Michigan, for 17 years. His reputation throughout Michigan as a water quality expert was legendary. Bob worked for his father's company for 12 years learning the water business, which dealt primarily with municipalities, including water quality and sanitary sewer issues. After apprenticing with his father, Bob moved on to the bottled water business. He established greater Michigan's biggest selling bottled water: Michigan Mineral – Premium Natural Water. He was introduced to Ionized Water in 1995 and has done more to promote Ionized Water than anyone else in the industry. Bob often lectures and offers seminars on his Seven Component Natural Health Protocol . Bob is a Certified Nutritional Consultant and a Certified Master Herbalist. He is also a 3rd Degree Black Belt and Certified Instructor of Songahm Taekwondo (American Taekwondo Association).
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