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ASHWAGANDA
(Withania somnifera)


Ashwaganda is an Ayurvedic herb similar to Indian ginseng that has been traditionally used for libido, fatigue, concentration, memory, headaches, substance abuse burnout, rejuvenation, sexual, mental, nervous and general debility, and recovery from prolonged illness.

PROPERTIES: 
Parts used: root 

• inflammation (including arthritis) and a wide range of infectious diseases

• Modern herbalists classify Ashwaganda as an adaptogen, a substance said to increase the body's ability to withstand stress of all types

• also thought to strengthen immunity

• increase sexual capacity, improve fertility

• and normalize cholesterol levels

• helpful in putting malignant tumors into regression

• in reducing inflammation in rheumatoid arthritis 

SUGGESTED DOSAGE: Tincture: 10 to 60 drops three times a day or 2 to 10 pumps of the spray.

CONTRA INDICATIONS: Do not use Ashwaganda if you are taking anxiety or anti-seizure medication. Ashwaganda may potentiate the sedative effect of barbiturates. You may feel as if you want to sleep more if you take Ashwaganda and pentobarbital (medicine used to help you sleep). Pregnant women should avoid this herb, and if you are breastfeeding, speak with your doctor before taking Ashwaganda. Do not take Ashwaganda if you have leukemia and are being treated with cyclophosphamide (a "chemo" medicine). Your medicine may be causing these symptoms which may mean you are allergic to it: Feeling cold (decrease in body temperature) or upset stomach. 

Please note: This information is compiled from traditional and modern herb books, articles and research. This information is summarized for its educational value and should not be used for the diagnosis, treatment, or prevention of disease. It should not be used to replace the services of a qualified practitioner.