Ashwagandha is an herb well known in the Hindu Ayurvedic system and is native to India, northern Africa, the Mediterranean, and the Middle East. It is an evergreen and a member of the pepper family. Also known as Withania somnifera, Indian Ginseng, Withania, and Winter Cherry, it typically grows to a maximum height of three feet and has yellow flowers with raisin size fruit.
It's use goes back thousands of years in the Hindu Ayurvedic system and is sometimes referred to as "Indian Ginseng." It is believed that Ashwagandha will increase stamina, improve sexual function, strengthen the immune system, improve memory, soothe and calm anxiety and slow the ageing process as well as many other conditions. Because of this, it is a major herb in the the Ayurvedic system and is one of the most used in India.
Ashwaganada is also claimed to have anti-bacterial properties and is used in a poultice for some skin conditions and wounds. There may be some benefit in using Ashwaganada if undergoing chemotherapy treatments.