Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha

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Country of origin: India

Withania somnifera, also known as ashwagandha or Indian ginseng, is one of the most well known and well researched adaptogen's in the world. It has a long history of traditional use in ayurvedic medicine, and has seen a resurgence in popularity recently. It is mentioned in the Kama Sutra to enhance sexual potency, and in traditional texts is said to give men "the strength of a horse" when taken before battle.

The primary active compound in ashwagandha is thought to be withanine, but others include somniferine, somnine, pseudo-withanine, tropine, pseudo-tropine, cuscohygrine, anferine and anhydrine.

Ashwagandha synergizes well with most other herbs, and works well in formulations. It can be taken orally, brewed in tea with milk or butter, or put into capsules. A dose is between 1-3 grams, usually taken 1-3 times per day. I recommend cycling use, taking one week off for every two weeks spent using it.

 

Caution: If using ashwagandha with a history of thyroid issues, cycle use and consult with a physician to get your hormone levels tested periodically. Ashwagandha may potentiate the effects of certain other herbs, so use lower doses when combining it with anything.