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Any interesting properties of Ashwagandha calyces ?

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Hello everyone,

As the season reach to an end, and as the ashwagandhas are completing their natural cycle, I have started today the harvest of the fruits. One fruit contain from 16 to 24 seeds... and I have probably a hundred and more fruits in front of me.

The root is the most used in western medicine, and the easiest part to use. Leaves and stem also have some uses, although they are not as popular in the West, same thing for the fruit and the seeds.

But as I'm separating the fruits from their calyces, I have under my way one part of the plant nobody seems to talk about, either on the "classic" internet nor on pubmed. Those calyces, surely they have some interesting properties ? I know that physalis calyces have some medicinal/hallucinogenic properties, what about the ashwagandhas calyces ?

I might try to make a tincture out of them and try it, but honestly I'm not confident enough to just jump in like that. And I have neither the time, neither the equipment nor the knowledge to do a pharmaceutical analysis of thoses calyces. Maybe one day ?

If anyone have information on how to use those calyces, that would be awesome. And that would mean yet another plant that can be used in its entirety.
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Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), also known as Indian Ginseng, is an herb used in Ayurveda, the traditional medicine of India.
Its root has a horsey smell and is said to confer the strength and virility of a horse.
In Sanskrit, ashva means “horse” and gandha means “smell.” Various parts of the plant are used, but the most common supplemental form is an extract of its roots.

Ashwagandha is classified as an adaptogen, meaning it’s purported to enhance the body’s resilience to stress.
Rodent and cell culture studies suggest that ashwagandha provides a wide range of health benefits,
[1][2] but there is a lack of direct evidence in humans to support most of these effects.
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