Ashwagandha
DESCRIPTION

Ashwagandha, also known as Indian ginseng, is an herbal supplement with a number of uses. It is used as an herbal treatment for anxiety, arthritis and tumors.

Ashwagandha is not a medically approved drug for any of these conditions.

How It Works

Ashwagandha is a plant that grows in India. It is simultaneously known as Indian ginseng, poison gooseberry, winter cherry, and Rennet. Ashwagandha is a well-known herb in native India where people use the parts of the plant to concoct Ayurvedic medicine. Ashwagandha is now available as an herbal supplement in drug stores. This herb is said to have adaptogenic benefits, meaning it can control your body’s response to stress caused by various medical issues. This herb is promoted as having steroidal lactones, fatty acids, amino acids, and a variety of sugars that help with healing. It is not known whether Ashwagandha actually has the medical properties it is believed to have.

Uses

Ashwagandha can be taken to treat a variety of medical issues including depression, anxiety, high levels of stress, sleeping problems, insomnia, chronic pain, arthritis and many more. This herb is purported to be able to protect the immune system, improve learning and memory, reduce anxiety, reduce brain-cell degeneration, lower cholesterol, and enhance the sex drive in both men and women. Ashwagandha is also said to have anti-malarial and anti-inflammatory properties. No clinical trials have shown whether Ashwagandha is actually effective against these medical conditions. Ashwagandha is not a medically approved drug and should not be used as one.

Dosage

Refer to the Ashwagandha pill box packaging for the daily dose given your medical condition. You may only need to take one pill per day.

Take Ashwagandha exactly as instructed in the information leaflet provided with the packaging. Do not deviate from the recommended dosage. It’s not known whether an overdose of Ashwagandha can have negative effects. Ashwagandha is large doses may cause vomiting, diarrhea, and stomach upset. It’s best to avoid high doses to reduce your risk for possible toxicity and side effects of the herb.

Ashwagandha is possibly safe to use when taken orally. You can apply Ashwagandha on the skin, but the safety of this is not known. If you have sensitive skin, it may cause a reaction.

You can use Ashwagandha without a prescription. However, it’s highly recommended to take this drug with a doctor’s advice, especially if you have preexisting medical conditions.

Side Effects

Ashwagandha is not a clinically tested drug. Therefore, it is unknown if this medication causes any side effects. You may experience upset stomach, diarrhea or vomiting when taking this drug.

When taking this herbal supplement, be vigilant for any possible side effects that you may experience. If consuming Ashwagandha causes your medical condition to worsen, or if it causes you to be uncomfortable in any way, immediately stop taking the supplement and contact a doctor.

Precautions

Ashwagandha is considered to be unsafe to use during pregnancy, breastfeeding and when planning to get pregnant.

Ashwagandha is not recommended for use among patients with diabetes, high or low blood sugar, stomach ulcers, autoimmune diseases such as lupus, and thyroid disorders. If you suffer from a medical condition, you must consult with your doctor before taking this herbal supplement.

Self-Care

Ashwagandha should not be used as a medical drug. Do not substitute this herbal supplement for prescribed medication.

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