Generic: Withania somnifera
treats Osteoarthritis, Diuretic, High cholesterol, Parkinson's disease, Longevity/anti-aging, and Diabetes
TraditionWARNING: DISCLAIMER: The below uses are based on tradition, scientific theories, or limited research. They often have not been thoroughly tested in humans, and safety and effectiveness have not always been proven. Some of these conditions are potentially serious, and should be evaluated by a qualified healthcare provider. There may be other proposed uses that are not listed below.
Activity stimulant, adaptogen, allergic reactions, Alzheimer's disease, anaphylaxis, antibacterial, antifungal, antioxidant, anti- tumor, anxiety, aphrodisiac, asthma, astringent, atherosclerosis/ hyperlipidemia (lipid peroxidation), back pain, boils, bronchitis, cancer, carbuncles, cardiovascular disease, chemotherapy, cognitive improvement, depression, emaciation, emmenagogue (menstrual blood flow stimulant), endocrine conditions, exercise performance, fatigue, fibrosarcoma, hay fever, hemiplegia, hematopoesis, hiccups, HIV, immunostimulant, infertility, insomnia, kidney protection, liver conditions, lung conditions, lymphoma, memory improvement, menstrual disorders, mood stabilization, nervous exhaustion, neurodegenerative diseases, neurological disorders, parasitic infections (ring worm), radiosensitization, rejuvenation, senile dementia, skin pigmentation disorders (leukoderma), skin ulcerations, stress, stroke, tardive dyskinesia, testicular development, tonic, toxicity (genotoxicity), tuberculosis, ulcers.
Adults (over 18 years old)
There is no proven effective dose for ashwagandha in adults. Various preparations are commercially available, including capsules, powders, teas, tinctures, decoctions and multi- herb formulas.
In capsule form, 1- 6 grams daily of the whole herb has been used. As a powder, 3 grams of powder taken two times daily in boiled warm milk, have been used. A tea has been made by simmering/ boiling 1 part root in 10 parts water for 15- 30 minutes and taken twice daily in the amount of 1/ 2 to 1 ounce at a time. 1- 6 grams daily of the whole herb in tea form has been used. Tinctures or fluid extracts have been dosed at 2- 4 milliliters, taken 3 times daily. Tinctures may contain high concentrations of alcohol. As a milk decoction, 5 teaspoons of dried herb in 1 cup boiling liquid, taken as 2- 3 cups per day with raw sugar or honey, has been used. As multi- herb formulas, 3- 12 grams have been used in combination with other herbs.
Injected use is not recommended as human data are lacking.
Children (under 18 years old)
Overall, there is insufficient evidence available to recommend use of ashwagandha in children. Children 8- 12 years- old have been given 2 grams daily in milk for 60 days with no toxicity reported in one trial. In Ayurveda, ashwagandha is considered acceptable to give to debilitated children, however data from clinical trials is lacking.