Increase in Ashwagandha Exports

  • Ashwagandha exports have increased by eightfold in the last six years, reaching countries such as the United States, Czech Republic, and Canada.

What is ashwagandha?

  • Ashwagandha, also known as Indian Ginseng or Withania somnifera, is a member of the ‘adaptogens’ class of plants.
  • It is accessible in a variety of forms, including extracts, powders, and raw herbs, serving both domestic and foreign markets.

Medicinal Properties and Usage: 

  • Used to treat rheumatic pain, joint inflammation, neurological diseases, and epilepsy.
  • Used as a tonic for hiccups, colds, coughs, feminine diseases, as a sedative, in the treatment of senility, ulcers, and so on.
  • Leaves are used to treat carbuncles, inflammation, and swellings. Leaf juice is effective for conjunctivitis.
  • Bark decoction is used to treat asthma and administered locally to bed sores.
  • Ashwagandha and its extracts are utilised in the production of herbal tea, powders, pills, and syrup.

Cultivation of Ashwagandha

  • States that grow Ashwagandha include Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Maharashtra, and Madhya Pradesh.
  • Ashwagandha, a tough and drought-tolerant crop, requires a rather dry season during its growth cycle.
  • It is planted as a late rainy season (kharif) crop at altitudes ranging from 600 to 1200 metres.
  • It grows well in sandy loam or light red soil with a pH of 7.5 to 8.0 (alkaloid) and good drainage.
  • Black dirt or similarly thick soil is good for farming. 

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