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Withania somnifera, also known as ashwagandha, Indian ginseng, poison gooseberry,or winter cherry is a plant in the Solanaceae or nightshade family. The root and berry are used to make medicine.

Ashwagandha is used for arthritis, anxiety, trouble sleeping (insomnia), tumors, tuberculosis, asthma, a skin condition marked by white patchiness (leukoderma), bronchitis, backache, fibromyalgia, menstrual problems, hiccups, and chronic liver disease. Ashwagandha is also used as an “adaptogen” to help the body cope with daily stress, and as a general tonic.

Some people also use ashwagandha for improving thinking ability, decreasing pain and swelling (inflammation), and preventing the effects of aging. It is also used for fertility problems in men and women and also to increase sexual desire. Ashwagandha is applied to the skin for treating wounds, backache, and one-sided paralysis (hemiplegia). ...

Side Effect:

Some of the side effects include:drowsiness, blood sugar reduction, slowing down your central nervous system, raising body temperature, stomach ache, diarrhea, aggravating the symptoms for those people who have an over active thyroid condition.

One of Ashwagandha side effects is the fact that this herb tends to counteract the effect of medications. Thus, it is highly recommended to avoid taking Ashwagandha in conjunction with immunosuppressant therapies such as prednisone, corticosteroids, prednisone and azathioprine. ...


Ashwagandha should not be used if you are pregnant. There is some evidence that ashwagandha might cause miscarriages. Not enough is known about the use of ashwagandha during breast-feeding.

Ashwagandha can irritate the gastrointestinal tract. Don’t use ashwagandha if you have a stomach ulcer. “Auto-immune diseases” such as multiple sclerosis (MS), lupus (systemic lupus erythematosus, SLE), rheumatoid arthritis (RA), or other conditions:Ashwagandha might cause the immune system to become more active, and this could increase the symptoms of auto-immune diseases. If you have one of these conditions, it’s best to avoid using ashwagandha.

Ashwagandha may slow down the central nervous system. Healthcare providers worry that anesthesia and other medications during and after surgery might increase this effect. Stop taking ashwagandha at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery. ...