Horse Power! Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) root is known by a number of names, including Indian ginseng and winter cherry, and its usages are even more plentiful than its aliases. Tracing the origin ofÂ ashwagandhaâ€™s name gives us strong clues about its function. Ashwagandha literally translates to â€œsmell of a horseâ€ in Sanskrit. While the fresh root has a strong odor that is likened to horse urine, rest assured, the dried root has a mild, if not pleasant, flavor and odor.Â Â As Ayurveda teaches, nothing is right for everyone, but the uses of this rejuvenating herb are vast, powerful, and plentiful. Read the article here.