Ashwagandha as a drug for Radiosensitization and Chemotherapy

A study of radiosensitizing and anti-tumor properties of Ashwagandha (Withania Somnifera) a plant known for its medicinal value, have shown positive results. The alcoholic extracts of the plant, and the active component that was taken from its extract, showed considerable radiosensitizing and antitumor properties without any sign of toxicity in experiments that were conducted in vivo. Based on the studies, it was concluded that Withania Somnifera would be a potential plant which can be safely used as a chemotherapeutic agent or radiosensitizer.

Ashwagandha, which is one of the famous Indian herbs, is being prescribed for adults and children alike, as a non-toxic and safe herbal medicine. Apart from possessing anti-tumor properties, it has been found to enhance the radiation effects of Chemotherapy. Another study revealed that it helped in preventing morphine addiction. When patients who were addicted to narcotics was treated with Ashwagandha, their symptoms associated with withdrawal was more manageable and it helped in gradually stopping the use of narcotics. Ashwagandha can be safely used, not only in relieving narcotic addiction, but also other such addictions.

Ashwagandha, in addition to possessing anti-inflammatory properties, increasing stress adaptation and enhancing memory, is also a promising herb in various fields.
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