Ashwagandha: Possible Health Benefits, Side Effects And Doses

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Ashwagandha

What is Ashwagandha?

Withania Somnifera commonly known as Ashwagandha has been used as an adaptogen that help the body to cope with daily stress, many people use it as a tonic for improving* their memory as it enhances* the thinking ability. Its name Ashwagandha comes from the Sanskrit language, ashva means horse and gandha means smell. The roots have a very strong smell that is considered as horse like. It also has the ability of healing* wounds, one sided paralysis and backache. Ashwagandha is also used in traditional African medicine for a variety of illnesses. It is also used for insomnia, tumors, arthritis, tuberculosis, anxiety, asthma, hiccups, bronchitis, menstrual problems as well as chronic liver disease.

Where Does Ashwagandha Comes From?

Ashwagandha plant is a short shrub that grows 35 to 75 centimeters tall. From a central stem tomentose branches extend radially. It bears bright small greenish and red fruits; it belongs to the Solanaceae family. This shrub grows in India, Middle East and Africa. It is also known as Ayurvedic ginseng and winter cherry.

What are its Possible Health Benefits?

Ashwagandha is known as a general gentle tonic that fortifies the body; make you ready for sporting efforts. It strengthens bones, muscles and tissues. It has the ability to restore vitality, energy and reduce* the severity of chronic fatigue, tiredness. There is some evidence that Ashwagandha combined with a specific diet and deep breathing may reduce* anxiety. According to some clinical research I may improve* impulse control* in children with ADHD. It may also reduce* blood sugar and cholesterol levels in individuals with diabetes. Ashwagandha might also help to treat* male infertility by improving* the quality of sperms. Ashwagandha taken in a particular supplement in combination with other ingredients may improve* the symptoms of arthritis and Parkinson’s disease.

What are The Potential Side Effects of Ashwagandha?

Ashwagandha might be safe if taken orally for a short-term. The long-term safety of Ashwagandha is still to be known. Large doses of Ashwagandha can cause vomiting, diarrhea and stomach upset.

Recommended Doses and Timing for Ashwagandha

Usually he recommended dose of Ashwagandha is 600 to 1000 mg twice every day. Individuals who suffer from anxiety or insomnia can take a cup of hot milk that contains one teaspoon of powdered Ashwagandha before bedtime.

Ashwagandha Supplements

Ashwagandha can be found in some Tribulus and multivitamin supplements although its extract can be found as a stand-alone supplement. When looking for Ashwagandha always remember to also look for it under its scientific name Withania somnifera.

Ashwagandha Interactions

Taking Ashwagandha along with sedative medications might cause too much sleepiness. Such sedative medications are diazepam, lorazepam and clonazepam. Ashwagandha seems to increase* the immune system, taking it with medications that are used to decrease* the immune system might reduce* the effectiveness of such medications.

Final Thoughts

Ashwagandha has been used for medicinal purposes, it is effective and treats* various ailments but you must also take some safety precautions while taking it. If you are pregnant, nursing or suffering from ulcers, digestive disorders avoid taking it. Healthy adults can benefit from supplementing with Ashwagandha.

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