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Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera)

treats Osteoarthritis, Diuretic, High cholesterol, Parkinson's disease, Longevity/anti-aging, and Di... more

Generic Name: Withania somnifera

Category

Herbs & Supplements

Synonyms

Ajagandha, amangura, amukkirag, asan, asgand, asgandh, asgandha, ashagandha, ashvagandha, ashwagada, ashwaganda, ashwagandholine, asoda, asundha, asvagandha, aswagandha, avarada, ayurvedic ainseng, clustered wintercherry, ghoda asoda, Indian ginseng, kanaje Hindi, kuthmithi, samm al ferakh, Solanaceae (family), winter cherry, withania, Withania coagulans, Withania somnifera, Withania somniferum, Withania somnifera Dunal, Withania somnifera glycowithanolides, Withania somnifera Kaul, withanolide A (WL-A).

Evidence

DISCLAIMER: These uses have been tested in humans or animals. Safety and effectiveness have not always been proven. Some of these conditions are potentially serious, and should be evaluated by a qualified healthcare provider.

Diabetes (type 2): Based on early study, ashwagandha may decrease blood sugar levels. Additional evidence is required in this area before ashwagandha can be recommended for diabetes.
Grade: C

Diuretic: Increases in urine volume have been reported with ashwagandha use. Additional evidence is required in this area before ashwagandha can be recommended as a diuretic.
Grade: C

High cholesterol: Decreases in serum total cholesterol levels, triglycerides, low-density lipoprotein (LDL), and very low-density lipoproteins (VLDL) have been reported with ashwagandha use. Further research is needed before a strong recommendation can be made.
Grade: C

Longevity/anti-aging: The use of ashwagandha as an anti-aging agent is based on traditional use in Indian Ayurvedic medicine to promote physical and mental health, improve resistance to disease, and promote longevity. Human research is lacking in this area, and currently there is insufficient evidence to draw a firm conclusion.
Grade: C

Osteoarthritis: The use of ashwagandha in osteoarthritis has been suggested based on its reported anti-inflammatory and anti-arthritic properties. Well-designed human research is needed to confirm these results.
Grade: C

Parkinson's disease: There is insufficient scientific evidence to recommend the use of ashwagandha in the management of Parkinson's disease.
Grade: C

Tradition

WARNING: 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.
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