Reducing Stress

Does Ashwagandha Work for Anxiety?

Pathological anxiety can negatively affect people’s lives, making you uncomfortable when socializing with others, unable to sleep comfortably at night, or worried about how the future will turn out. Furthermore, it will increase stress to harmful, unnatural levels that may cause dysfunction. Hence, mitigation of the symptoms is necessary since these will slowly wreak havoc upon a person’s life and ruin its quality, which would eventually lead to worse psychiatric conditions. In that case, one could use a reliable herb called Ashwagandha. Does Ashwagandha work for anxiety?

A Medicine With Its Tradition

In the past, the Ayurvedic medicine used the berries and the roots of the Ashwagandha herb, or Withania somnifera, as a tonic, which led to various physiological effects. Likewise, it is also popularly known as Indian ginseng in the present. Moreover, it helped alleviate multiple types of mental health conditions and improved the overall physical health of the people thanks to its chemical composition and interaction with the human body. Also, initial evidence showed a boost to immune system functioning upon intake. And so, doctors in the past thought that it reduced swelling that is due to arthritis and fluid retention, however, there is currently insufficient proof of its practical benefits besides reducing anxiety and stress.

Potent Anxiety Reducer

Clinical trials and evidence indicate that Ashwagandha is an impressive anxiolytic or anxiety reducer, specifically, it works best for social anxiety. Moreover, it affects your brain’s chemicals and changes its overall activity. Also, hormones such as cortisol, the stress hormone, drop their levels when you take the herb, leading to better memory, enhanced thinking skills, uninterrupted sleep, and reduced fatigue. Furthermore, clinical reports reveal that it also cures women’s hair loss. Lastly, it aids in the treatment of hypothyroidism, a condition in which the thyroid gland is smaller than usual, which correlates to elevated anxiety and stress.

Taking Ashwagandha Supplements

One should begin with a 100 mg capsule daily, just to be safe. These consist of a powdered form of Ashwagandha’s berries or roots, and either of the two produces similar effects upon intake. Also, avoid taking the herb straight from the root because it contains unknown amounts of the substance, and therefore you may accidentally overdose. If you are unable to notice changes, then gradually increase the dosage until it shows desirable results. Lastly, you should not consume a higher dose than 2 g per day just to be safe, even though the substance has no proven toxic side effects.

Ashwagandha can also be drank as a tea or tonic using the powdered form.Here are 2 simple recipes:

 

 

 

 

Undesirable Side Effects

 

You may have been waiting for this part since everyone assumes that intake of natural substance induces nasty side effects. Some side effects of Ashwagandha consumption are still unproven and unknown. However, an overdose could lead to digestive symptoms such as diarrhea, stomach pain, and vomiting. Even worse side effects include breathing problems, drowsiness, irregular heart rate, low blood pressure, and kidney damage. Therefore, one must only consume it as needed and within an acceptable dosage.

 

Making the Most Out of Ashwagandha

 

Ashwagandha intake should be situational as much as possible, avoid when unnecessary. You may take it only if you have the symptoms that it targets, such as general anxiety, increased stress levels, insomnia, and restlessness. Therefore, if you are unable to sleep because of an upcoming exam, consume one capsule. Or, if you feel anxious and unable to focus properly for an upcoming project at work, then have some. Overall, it is a beneficial supplement that can negate certain symptoms that hinder you, allowing you to function properly and improve the quality of your life.

 

 

 

 


 

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14 Comments

  1. Sharon May says:

    Herbs are good, but they do build up in the body so you have to alternate every 6 months with a few weeks break in between. My daughter makes Ashwagandha and Ginseng tincture, she lets it steep for 6 weeks compared to whats on the shelf in the shop which is usually 2 weeks. It works well for anxiety and is a fabulous calmer, but obviously, if anxiety is so bad it’s better to get your Drs help because there could be an underlying problem. My Dr thinks I have Adrenal Insufficiency so I have to go for tests.

    1. admin says:

      Hi Sharon.

      This is definitely not an herb that you should take continuously, only when you need it. Sorry to hear that you may have Adrenal insuffiency. I hope that everything works out well for you

  2. Lynn says:

    I was wondering about Ashwagandha. I go through bouts of anxiety since my son was killed in Iraq 11 years ago. I don’t want to take prescription drugs for it so I’ve been looking into natural ways to relieve it. This was one of the things I was looking at for relief. I was wondering if there was a particular brand of supplement you could recommend that’s not too expensive? Thanks for the information. I’ll have to look into this..

    1. admin says:

      Hi Lynn,

      The Ashwagandha I use is made by a company called Amazing India. The cheapest place to buy it is Amazon.

  3. Hi there, I have never heard of this herb and am excited to try it. I have always had anxiety. Now I take St John’s Wort and Kava periodically but I am excited to try Ashwagandha. Thanks !

    1. Hi Kristy,
      I hope this herb works out well for you.

  4. Kristy says:

    Hi Lisa, 

    This article was wonderful. Very helpful. I am definitely going to try this. Herbs are the key to living life. I take herbs and not a lot of vitamins. I should, just see myself at the herbal supplement section more often.

    All the best

    Kristy

    1. admin says:

      Hi Kristy,

      It is actually better to get vitamins from food as much as possible and to supplement when necessary rather than the other way around.

  5. Gomer Magtibay says:

    I’m sorry if you find me critical to this Ashwaganda. The reason is, it’s quite confusing that this plant is being hailed as a potent anxiety reducer, when there are several frightening adverse effects listed in here. Like for example, it is possible to have a irregular heart rate. Does that specific adverse effect capable of causing anxiety by itself?

    1. admin says:

      The possible side effects of ashwagandha are mostly the same potential side effects listed for prescription anti-anxiety medications such as Zoloft. That is why I suggest taking minimal doses only when you need it. It is really not something that you should take continuously long term.

  6. sharon says:

    Hi
    I have never heard of Ashwagandha before and does sound as if it could be of help to my daughter who suffers with anxiety:( i know she is not to keen on taking any supplements but reading this it may change her mind.
    It will be great if it could help her as it is not nice to see her go through this.
    Do you know how long they actually take to take an effect?
    Thanks for the info:)

    1. admin says:

      Hi Sharon,

      Some people have reported that they have experienced benefits in as little as 2 weeks.For most people it takes 6-8 weeks.

  7. Justin says:

    Great post on a natural solution for people with anxiety. My wife suffers from anxiety and we are always interested in trying a natural solution. Do you have any links to studies on Ashwagandha?

    Side note, I went to copy and paste and it said ‘Alert: Content is Protected!’. That’s an interesting feature; do you mind sharing how you did this?

    Lastly, have you tried Ashwagandha?

    1. admin says:

      Hi Justin,

      Here is a link to some clinical trials of ashwaganda  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/p

      I have tried it and it does work well, and it is cheaper than taking prescription drugs, I have not had any side effects.

       I use a word press website plug in called WP Content Copy Protection & No Right Click   

      I hope that this helps. 

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