Ashwagandha works as an adaptogen, promoting the body's ability to maintain homeostasis and resist stress.
It is especially beneficial in stress related disorders such as arthritis, hypertension, diabetes, general debility, etc. It has also shown impressive results when used as stimulants for the immune system.
Ashwagandha contains chemicals that might help calm the brain, reduce swelling (inflammation), lower blood pressure, and alter the immune system.
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Ashwagandha seems to be safe when taken by mouth, short-term. The long-term safety of ashwagandha is not known. Large doses of ashwagandha might cause stomach upset, diarrhea, and vomiting.
If you miss a dose of this medicine and you are using it regularly, take it as soon as possible. Do not take 2 doses at once.
The appropriate dose of ashwagandha depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for ashwagandha. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.
Ashwagandha root powder has generally been used at dosages of 450 mg to 2 g in combination with other preparations.
Store at the room temperature away from moisture and sunlight. Keep out of reach of children.
Ashwagandha is a plant. The root and berry are used to make medicine.
Do not use ashwagandha if:
- You are pregnant or breast-feeding.
- You have a stomach ulcer.
- You have an immune system disease such as multiple sclerosis (MS), lupus (systemic lupus erythematosus, SLE), rheumatoid arthritis (RA), or other conditions called "autoimmune disease."
- You are scheduled for surgery in the next two weeks. Ashwagandha might cause excessive sedation if combined with medications used during and after surgery.
Pregnancy/Lactation: Abortifacient properties have been reported for ashwagandha. Avoid use.
Ashwagandha is not known to have any side effects if taken as per the prescribed dosage.