Botanical name of this plant is Withania somnifera. It belongs to family Solanaceae. Other names being Winter cherry and Indian ginseng. Ashwagandha in Sanskrit means “horse's smell”, probably originating from the odor of its root which resembles a sweaty horse.The species name somnifera means “sleep bearing” in Latin, indicating it was considered as a sedative. But it has been also used for With sexual vitality and as an adaptogen.