What is this supplement traditionally used for?
traditional herb is use to help the body handle all types of stress. It
also used to improve physical and mental performance as well.
||Stress / Adaptogen
Animal studies in rats and mice show that taking this supplement helps
the animals adapt to stressful situations.
Many studies done in lab settings and in mice show that this supplement
can stop the spread of cancer cells.
done in mice, rats and rabbits seem to show that this supplement has
antioxidant properties. Researchers suggest that it may offer oxidative
damage protection for our cells. More studies in humans would be
required to verify this benefit.
Anti-inflammatory Benefits (Arthritis/Osteoarthritis/
studies done with rats and mice show that this herb has good
anti-inflammatory benefits. The researchers suggest that it may be
helpful in treating many inflammatory conditions.
A study showed that it seemed to protect the cartilage of the
joints from further damage in 50% of the patient tested.
recently completed clinical study showed that taking ashwagandha seems
to improve the sperm count and motility in infertile men.
(Type 2, Non-insulin dependent/NIDDM)
study done in rats shows that ashwagandha was able to lower the blood
sugar levels. The researchers believe it was able to do this by making
insulin more sensitive.
||Aphrosidiac / Enhance Libido
or Sex Drive
is used in India for over 3,000 years to enhance health. Research shows
that ashwagandha has an aphrodisiac effect and improves
Avoid combining this herb with alcohol, prescription sedatives. Use of
this herb during pregnancy is not recommended.
ashwagandha seems to have antioxidant
properties, expert believe it may
be helpful in treating memory problems, dementia and Alzheimer's
disease. Research studies will need to be done to support this claim.
and Traditional Uses
(resistance to stress)
- Anticancer benefits
- Anti-stress benefits
- Antifungal effects
- Arthritis / osteoarthritis
- Back pain
memory and mental function
- Enhancing physical performance
- Immune system stimulant
- Infertility (women and men)
- Liver disease (hepatitis)
- Pain (general)
- Parkinson's disease (PD)
- Protection of the nervous system
- Rheumatoid arthritis
Effects, Toxicity, Warnings and Interactions
effects are mild and uncommon when taken in the suggested
Taking higher dosage may cause the following side effects:
Safety - This
supplement is shown to be safe for short-term use.
- stomach upset
Lactation - As there are no
information available for using during pregnancy or during
breastfeeding, avoid using if possible.
- In theory, this herb has a sedative effect. The sedation might be
increased when combined with other herbs or prescription drugs that
causes sedation. It may also boost the effect of thyroid supplements.
also suspect that this herb might worsen autoimmune diseases
boosting the immune system further. Autoimmune disease includes
rheumatoid arthritis, lupus and multiple sclerosis. Use with caution in
this group of individuals.
to Take It
used doses of 1 to 6 grams of the roots taken daily.
In a liquid
formulation, the typical dose used is 2 to 4 mL taken up to three times
Boil 1 to 6
grams of the roots in 250 mL of water for 15 minutes and drink three
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