The name “ashwagandha” describes the smell of its root, meaning “like a horse.” By definition, ashwagandha means horse.
Ashwagandha is an evergreen shrub that grows in India, the Middle East, and parts of Africa. It has a long history of use in traditional medicine.
For hundreds of years, people have used the roots, plant and orange-red fruit of Ashwagandha for medicinal purposes. The herb is also known as Indian ginseng or winter cherry.