Supplement of the Month: Ashwagandha

What is ashwagandha?

Ashwagandha is a popular Ayurvedic herb that contains chemicals used to decrease stress, reduce inflammation, decrease blood pressure, calm the brain, and affect immune function.


Where is ashwagandha found?

Ashwagandha is a type of plant whose berries and roots are used to make medicine. It is sold in supplemental form only, both orally and topically.


What are the benefits of ashwagandha?

Ashwagandha has many uses.  As a tonic, it is used to increase both longevity and general health.  Additionally, it is used to treat arthritis and decrease inflammation.  It is considered an “adaptogen,” which helps increase resistance to environmental stress. It is also taken to decrease anxiety, insomnia, and fibromyalgia, and it is taken to help with symptoms of GI disease, diabetes and epilepsy.  Some people take ashwagandha to improve sexual function, menstrual issues, and treat infertility.  Others use ashwagandha to improve thinking ability.  It is also used topically to treat wounds and backaches.


Are there interactions between ashwagandha and food, herbs or other supplements?

Ashwagandha should not be taken with other herbs that have sedative properties, such as valerian and St John’s wort.

Ashwagandha should not be taken during pregnancy.  People with autoimmune diseases or peptic ulcer disease should not take it.   Additionally, ashwagandha should be stopped two weeks before any type of surgery.

Comments & Responses

3 Responsesso far.

  1. I have essential tremors and was diagnosed with PD. My only issue is shaking of the hands and it
    posses hard to sleep issues at night. I get very little sleep because of the shaking. I was told to take
    Ashwagandha and Astaxanthin. The Astaxanthin help me sleep but now I’m taking Ashwagandha and Axtaxanthin. I take Valerian with my meals and take Ashwagandha by itself at night. My hands still
    shake and I need to know which of these herbals I can take and when.
    Larry Henderson

    • Denise says:

      Everyone is different, and there is no set directions for this. I would take the valerian at night to help with sleep. See if that makes a difference.

  2. herbalhills says:

    Great Blog!! That was amazing. Your thought processing is wonderful. The way you tell the thing is awesome.


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