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Actions: adaptogenic, tonic, sedative Indications: used by Ayurvedic doctors as a tonic for the male libido. It is also used similarly to Chinese ginseng, as a tonic for sexual function, particularly erection problems. Research trials have indicated that ashwagandha increases hemoglobin levels, reduces graying of hair and is a restorative that helps in recovery from chronic illness. Preparation and dosage: blend 1 or 2 teaspoonful of the herb into 1 cup boiling water. Simmer 10 minutes. Drink 3 x daily. Tincture: take 1 teaspoon, 3 x daily.