Ashwagandha/Amukkara Medicinal Plant Benefits and Uses in Siddha Medicine

The roots and the leaves and seeds of Ashwagandha is widely used in siddha medicine mostly to cure various diseases. It is very effective in curing loss of appetite, insomnia, gastric problems, swellings, vadha and kapha related diseases and various sexual disorders on all genders.


Ashwagandha is a Sanskrit name which means the smell of the horse. In Siddha Medicine it is called as Amukkara and in English it is identified as Winter Cherry.The Botanical Name is Withania Somnifera and it belongs to the family Solanacece.


Taste: Bitter
Property: Light
Vigor: Heat
Section: Pungent


  1. Febrifuge
  2. Diuretic
  3. Alterative
  4. Aphrodisiac
  5. Deobstruent
  6. Diuretic
  7. Tonic
  8. Rejuvenator
  9. Antioxidant
  10. Anti-tumor
  11. Soporific
  12. Mild Sedative

Ashwagandha Root

Weight gain

Tired and Worried of less weight? Taking Ashwagandha regularly with milk increases weight naturally.


The antioxidant property of Ashwagandha prevents breast, lung and colon cancer.


Ashwagandha is a very good Rejuvenator which helps to stay healthy and young.

bone pain

Rheumatoid Arthritis

  • The ointment formed by heating the Ashwagandha with cow’s urine helps to reduce the Rheumatoid Pain and Edema.
  • In siddha medicine Ashwagandha is used for treating patients suffering from Parkinson’s disease.

Swelling, Edema and Wounds

  • Grinding the fresh leaves and the roots of the Ashwagandha and applying it on the affected area heals the wounds and reduces the swelling.
  • Applying the paste prepared using Ashwagandha powder with dried ginger reduces edema.

Nerve disorders

Amukkara is a very effective in treating nerve disorders when the powder is consumed with sugar candy.


Other Medicinal Uses of Ashwagandha

  • Amukkara increases the sperm count and premature ejaculation and reduces the impotency in male.
  • It is a very good aphrodisiac – a sexual desire stimulant.
  • Cures leucorrhea, dysmenorrhea and other menstrual problems in women.
  • It regulates the blood pressure and thus controls anxiety and depression.
  • It is used in Siddha medicine to cure muscle and bone weakness.
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