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Ashwagandha (Indian Ginseng): what it is, what it is for and how to take it

Ashwagandha, popularly known as Indian Ginseng, is a medicinal plant, scientific name Withaia somnifera, which is widely used to help improve physical and mental performance, and can be indicated in cases of stress and general tiredness.

This plant belongs to the family of solemn plants, such as tomatoes, and also has red fruits and yellow flowers, although only its roots are used for medicinal purposes.

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Ashwagandha what is it for

The use of this medicinal plant can have several health benefits such as:

  • Increase sexual desire
  • Reduce physical tiredness
  • Increase muscle strength
  • Improve energy levels
  • Stimulate the immune system
  • Control blood sugar levels
  • Reduce high cholesterol
  • Fight insomnia.
  • In addition, this plant can also be used in some cases to complete cancer treatment, as it makes cancer cells more sensitive to radiation or chemotherapy.

How to take Ashwagandha

The parts that can be used from Ashwagandha are the roots and leaves that can be used in:

  • Capsules: Take 1 tablet, 2 times a day, with meals
  • Fluid extract: Take 2 to 4 ml (40 to 80 drops) with a little water, 3 times a day to fight insomnia, replace iron and fight stress
  • Decoction: Take 1 cup of tea made with 1 tablespoon of dried root in 120 ml of milk or boiled water. Rest for 15 minutes and take warm to combat stress and tiredness.
  • In any case, it is always important to consult a doctor or a herbalist to adapt the use of this plant to the problem to be treated.

Possible side effects

Side effects are rare, however they can include diarrhea, heartburn or vomiting.

Who should not take

Ashwagandha is contraindicated in pregnant or nursing women, patients with autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis or lupus, or in individuals with stomach ulcers.

Since the plant has a sedative effect, people who are taking sleeping pills, such as barbiturates, should avoid the use of this medication, as well as the consumption of alcoholic beverages.

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