We all must have heard the name of very famous herb which is not only herb but a medication that is accepted by Ayurveda and has a number of health benefits as well. But we are here to introduce to the other part of the story which is very less known.

You should be aware of other facts too those include when to take ashwagandha? And how it is safe and unsafe for your health. Most probably ashwagandha becomes harmful to your health when the dosage are increased to the normal intake.

Firstly telling you about the forms in which ashwagandha is available in markets and how should be its normal dosage.

Form Dosage
1.     Liquid( Ashwagandha Tea) 3 cups per day of whole herb (1 to 6 grams)
2.     Power form One to two teaspoons in 24 hours
3.     Capsules One to six grams per day of whole herb
4.     Ashwagandha leaves Only one to two teaspoons per day
5.     Tincture 2 ml to 4 ml thrice a day


Now, coming to the main topic,

What are the side effects of Ashwagandha?

  1. Ashwagandha can cause allergies

People who are allergenic to nightshades should avoid intake of ashwagandha in anyways because it is associated with the same plant family. Some people can face allergies like skin rashes, itchiness, chest pain, difficulty in breathing and inflammation with the intake of ashwagandha.

  1. Can Cause bleeding

People living with bleeding disorders or the persons who are going to go under a surgery are advised not to take ashwagandha as it adds to the problems and may take it to serious problems.

  1. Ashwagandha can lower blood sugar to much

Many studies have shown that ashwagandha reduces the blood sugar but if it is taken along with the other and regular medicine of sugar, it can decrease blood sugar levels too much. Which is also a problem and some studies even suggest that it can do the same with blood pressure too although for this, there is a lack of information.

  1. It can cause gastrointestinal issues

If you are already suffering from the stomach problems then you must avoid ashwagandha as it may irritate gastrointestinal track and upset your stomach. Also, some studies have shown that people talking ashwagandha on daily bases have faced problems like diarrhoea also.

  1. Ashwagandha can cause drowsiness

Although, ashwagandha is known for calming and smoothing your mood but if you take medicines like larazepam, alprazolam or zolpidam, which are nothing but sedatives.

It is strictly recommended that not to take ashwagandha parallel to sedatives this can increase sadness and sleepiness in your body. You will always feel tired and lazy.

  1. Can Dry your mouth

Too much consumption of ashwagandha can cause dry mouth, this is the problem with some individuals although it is not from the particular science perspective. If the problem arises, consult your doctor.

  1. Can lead to Erectile Dysfunction

If we go with researches of the University of Ruhuna, the ashwagandha may lead to erectile dysfunction causing a decrease in sexual performance of male. Although on the other hand this is also known to be an aphrodisiac which should also be kept in mind.

  1. Might cause normal fever

Taking ashwagandha increases the body temperature and it can last up to two days. If this problem takes longer to resolve or is repeating the effects of ashwagandha again and again. It is advised to see your doctor and find the best way.

  1. Ashwagandha in pregnancy is dangerous

Ashwagandha is from one of those herbs which can harm the baby and even have the ability to terminate the pregnancy. Pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers are strictly recommended not to take ashwagandha.

Studies show that ashwagandha can cause abortion and can cause miscarriages as well.

  1. Can increase hyperthyroidism

Ashwagandha research is known to increase the thyroid hormone concentration in the body and which can worsen the hyperthyroidism in the patient. Hence, if someone is diagnosed with hyperthyroidism must concern the doctor before taking it.

Also, it may heal the problem to depending on the amount of thyroid concentration in the body.

  1. Can interfere with the autoimmune diseases

People who are dealing with the autoimmune diseases like lupus, multiple sclerosis, arthritis and rheumatoid should avoid ashwagandha as medicines associated with these diseases decrease the performance of the immune system. On the other hand, ashwagandha is known to increase the performance of the immune system and boost it. Hence, it can interfere with the problem and can affect the recovery of the patient.

Other precautions to keep in mind while taking ashwagandha:

It is advised to take ashwagandha dosage per dayin limited amounts and also with the proper prescription of a doctor. Keep your dosage on right times and strictly follow the medical advises. Some of the precautions for ashwagandha are here;

  • The root extract of ashwagandha should only be used as a supplement because it is non-toxic if compared with Withaferin A (an anticancer module).
  • Ashwagandha is known to increase the effects of certain drugs and medicines hence it is important to ask your doctor if you can take ashwagandha along with the medicines.
  • Ashwagandha should only be taken with the meals and with a glass of water.
  • If you are experiencing upset stomach and diarrhoea after the ashwagandha then you must take it in form of a capsule and with the meals.

Although there is no doubt that ashwagandha is very useful and is extremely helpful for the health but there are some other sides too which you should keep in mind for the sake of your health. Stablejoys!!…

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