What is Ashwagandha?

Ashwagandha is a Sanskrit word and combines the word ashva signifying horse, and gandha signifying smell. Suggested dosage of Ashwagandha is 4 to 6 grams of the dried root every day and can be taken in the form of a capsule or prepared with tea.

Health Benefits of Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha has numerous health benefits. For revitalizing purposes Ashwagandha has been extensively utilized all over India for thousands of years. Uses of Ashwagandha were widespread among people mainly because of its ability to improve reproductive capability in both men and women. Conventionally, this herb has been made use of as an aphrodisiac, liver tonic, anti-inflammatory agent, and astringent. The results of clinical tests denote that ashwagandha possesses anti-aging, immunomodulatory, antidepressive, and other healing benefits. Here are some health benefits of ashwagandha:

  • Antioxidant properties of Ashwagandha aid in preventing early signs of aging. Thus, rejuvenates the whole body.
  • It is an excellent remedy that increases physical endurance in those recovering from surgeries or serious illnesses and also weak people. Also, it is given to those suffering from depression incautiousness and vertigo because it aids in recovery of physical and mental weakness.
  • It promotes mental satisfaction and calmness in mind because of its penetrating powers.
  • It also gives relief from the feeling of numbness and burning sensation in extremities.
  • Ashwagandha is a wonderful supplement to strengthen heart muscles and aids in normal functioning of heart.
  • It enhances immune system. Also, it works has anti-inflammatory properties, thereby reduces swellings and restores blood supply.
  • It enhances mental ability. Ashwagandha helps to retain power and improves mental concentration. Also, it provides nourishment to brain for better functionality.
  • Also, this herb increases sperm count and even their quality.
  • Also, people say this is an excellent herbal remedy for relieving hypertension.
  • Ashwagandha has excellent healing properties. Hence, it is very effective in healing injuries and wounds.

Ashwagandha Nutrition Facts

A number of active ingredients like alkaloids (isopelletierine, anaferine), steroidal lactones (withanolides, withaferins), and saponins are responsible for various health benefits of Ashwagandha. Withanolides act as hormone originators that can change into human physiologic hormones when required. Initial animal confirmation implies ashwagandha may possess e a wide range of pharmacological benefits including analgesic, antipyretic, immunomodulatory, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant effects.

Ashwagandha– Potent Adaptogen

Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) is extensively employed in contemporary Western herbal practice as an adaptogen which is a substance that can assist our bodies to beneficially adjust to physiological and psychological strain, thereby enhancing resistance to factors related to stress.

Adaptogenic botanicals are turning out to be more and more crucial in contemporary society, where excessive strain levels adversely affect several disparate body systems.

A number of health experts opine that adaptogens are vital to our health in the same way as well known nutrients and botanicals such as antioxidants.

Side effects of Ashwagandha:

  • Ashwagandha is a possibly safe herb when taken orally and for short period of time. However, the long term safe of the ashwagandha herb is not known.
  • The large doses of ashwagandha may also cause vomiting diarrhea and stomach upset.
  • It is also not known whether the herb ashwagandha is safe or not when applied directly on the skin.
  • Other common side effects of ashwagandha include:
    • Development of small-lesions
    • Increase or (slight elevation) in the body temperature after 1 week of its use
    • Kidney diseases
    • Vascular congestion
    • Vomiting
    • Nausea
    • Diarrhea
    • Heaviness in the abdomen
    • Some may develop inflammation


Pregnant women:

Pregnant women must not use ashwagandha herb. This is because it is rated that it is likely unsafe for women during pregnancy. There is also some eveidence that the herb ashwagandha may cause miscarriages.

Breast-feeding or nursing:

The use of ashwagandha herb during nursing or breast-feeding is not enough known. But, it is safe to avoid its use during nursing.

Stomach ulcers:

The herb ashwagandha can also irritate GIT (gastrointestinal tract). Thus it is better to avoid its use if you are suffering with stomach ulcers.


Ashwagandha may also slow down the functioning of the nervous system. Healthcare people worry that some medications and anesthesia after and during surgery may increase this effect. Thus, it is best to stop taking ashwagandha herb at least two weeks or before the scheduled surgery time.

Auto-immune diseases or other conditions:

Auto-immune diseases including lupus (SLE, systemic lupus erythematosus), Multiple sclerosis (MS), rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and/or other conditions may worsen on the use of this herb. Ashwagandha herb may cause an increase in the activity of the immune system and this could increase the auto-immune diseases symptoms. Thus, patients suffering with any one of these conditions must avoid the use of ashwagandha.