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Am I the herb for you: Ashwagandha?

Ashwagandha, aka ๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ช๐˜ข ๐˜ด๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฏ๐˜ช๐˜ง๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ข, is an herb that has been used in ayurvedic medicine for over 3000 years.


Common uses for ashwagandha include: ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ถ๐—ฐ ๐˜€๐˜๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜€, ๐—ณ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ด๐˜‚๐—ฒ, ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜…๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐˜๐˜†, ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ฝ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป, ๐—ถ๐—ป๐˜€๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ป๐—ถ๐—ฎ, ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—ด๐—ป๐—ถ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป, ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐˜๐—ถ๐˜€.



In a 8 week double-blind randomized, placebo control trial of 64 subjects, ashwagandha was noted to improve chronic stress. Stress was assessed by using subjective assessment scales and cortisol level.


As a true adaptogen, this herb is believed to improve the bodyโ€™s response to stress.

It is generally quite safe but it may have an additive effect with medications commonly used for diabetes, high blood pressure, and anti-depressants. It may also be potentially harmful in people who have prostate cancer, so best to avoid.


Dosing may vary depending on the type of extract. Generally, a safe starting dose is 300mg daily with gradual increase. Because this herb can be mildly sedating, I recommend starting at night first.


Until next time,

Shiven Chaudhry, MD


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