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    March 18, 2021 2 min read

    Ashwagandha is a nightshade!

    Did you know Ashwagandha is considered a nightshade? Many are surprised to hear this, as Ashwagandha is one of the most widely used and known herbs in Ayurveda.

    We spoke about nightshades and how they are avoided in Ayurveda a few days back. You may be wondering why Ashwagandha, a nightshade, is suitable for consumption if other nightshades are advised against?

    Ashwagandha hosts a number of benefits and anti-inflammatory properties that counteract the typical inflammatory response from ingestion of nightshades. The impact that tomato, eggplant, capsicums etc have on our bodies can generate increased acidity, heat and inflammation. Ashwagandha can be slightly heating but does not have the physical and rajasic mental impacts of other nightshades.

    Ashwagandha is not advised in AMA conditions where an individual has signs of digestive toxins. Signs of AMA are determined by a practitioner but there are a few ways you can check at home. Do you have a thick white coating on your tongue, especially in the morning? Do you feel heavy, experience joint pain, have brain fog and trouble waking up in the morning? These are all worth speaking to your practitioner about during a consultation.

    The adaptogenic qualities of Ashwagandha make it beneficial for those experiencing mental stress, disorders of the nervous system and emaciation as it helps to provide increased nourishment to the dhatus. It is best used in both Vata and Kapha conditions to support vitality, stress management and adrenal functioning.

    If you are interested in learning whether Ashwagandha is suitable for you, you’re welcome to email us at or call/text 0406 810 547 during office hours.

    Wishing you a great Wednesday!