Ashwagandha, one of the most powerful herbs in Ayurvedic healing, has been used since ancient times for a wide variety of conditions, and is most well-known for its restorative benefits. In traditional Ayurvedic medicine, ashwagandha has been used as a sedative, a rejuvenating tonic, and an anti-inflammatory agent. Its most compelling modern use is as an "adaptogen". In fact, Western herbalists refer to Ashwagandha as "Indian ginseng", because it helps to assist the body to adapt to the negative effects of chronic stress by increasing energy, strength, and stamina. For people who suffer from insomnia and anxiety, having a beverage that contains a teaspoon of powdered ashwagandha before bedtime can be beneficial for a more restorative sleep.