Indian Ginseng

The pharmacological effect of the whole extracts as well as of various isolated compounds has been studied extensively during 30 years, and the conclusion was always that there was a negligeable risk of toxicological effects whatsoever. There are 2 major types of extracts to be considered depending on the purpose of the treatment: the ethaolic extract of leaves and roots, and the aqueous extract of the roots only (with lecithines and sugars as done traditionally with raw cow's milk in India).
Skin treatments:
Historically, Ashwagandha has been used in the Ayurvedic medicine for the treatment of skin tumors. The extract of Ashwagandha is effective in the earlt stages of tumor develoments and may be most useful as a prophylactic (preventive) skin treatment for example after sunbathing or undesired exposion to much sunlight. The ethanolic extract is more effective than the aqueous extract for these type of applications (sunscreens – aftersun).

Liver protection
Ashwagandha extracts clearly protect the liver against tetrachloride damage (a reference of damage causing substances) and thus hepatotoxicity.