The name Ashwagandha is from the Sanskrit language and is a combination of the word ashva (horse) and gandha (smell). The root has a strong aroma that is described as "horse-like". It is a very popular Ayurvedic herb which is used as a general tonic, to increase energy and reduce stress. Recent medical research in India as found that Ashwagandha can treat cancer by providing cells which are tumor-suppressing proteins!
Some of the best properties of Ashwagandha (Botanical name: Withania Somnifera) are as below:
- Anti-tumor and anti-cancer
- Anti-inflammatory and anti- arthritic
- Rejuvenating and stress-relieving
- Better sleep and calming effects
- Decreases anxiety
- Enhanced memory and cognition
- Improved immunity
Ashwagandha grows in dry parts in sub-tropical regions of India - mostly in the Central Indian states of Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh. This region is said to contribute 90% of the world's production of Ashwagandha.
Market position (2019-20)
This year, there has been heavy rains in the monsoon season. Rainfall recorded has been the highest in last 50 years! As growing happens mostly during monsoon, this year's crop has not been successful because of the consistent rainfall. Consequently, only 20% of the Ashwagandha crop will be harvested this year. Due to consistent demand every year, this year's supply will be short. There are chances that the supply might be affected or prices may move up due to high demand. It may be a good time to stock up right now for the upcoming year's requirements.