The plant is mainly found in India. And because it is a naturally growing shrub, it is also cultivated in homes due to its medicinal and therapeutic uses. The root of the plant is harvested and the extract is traditionally used to treat a number of health conditions.
Withania somnifera is widely considered as the Indian ginseng. In Ayurveda, it is classified as a rasayana (rejuvenation) and expected to promote physical and mental health, rejuvenate the body in debilitated conditions and increase longevity.