The root contains steroidal compounds which include the lactones Withaferin A and carbon-27-glycowithanolide, known collectively as the Withanolides. The Withanolides are responsible for the many medicinal applications of the herb. Ashvagandha also contains a fair amount of alkaloids including tropine, pseudotropine, isopelletrine, anaferine and saponins, which impart medicinal properties.
Ashwagandha assists the body's ability to maintain physical effort and helps the body releive occasional stress, fatigue and sleeplessness. It has been used for more than 2500 years. It also helps support normal hormone levels through healthy utilization. Ashwagandha is rich in phytochemicals such as withananine, choline, trapino, and alkaloids.