Ashwagandha Withania somnifera Uses, Dose, Side Effects, Medicines, Research

Ashwagandha  – Withania somnifera is one of the most powerful gifts of nature and Ayurveda to the humanity. Talk about Ayurvedic treatment for anxiety, leucoderma, depression, insomnia, weight gain, weight loss, immunity, muscle strength, body building, anti oxidants, sexual stimulant and so on… The herb does it all and more. ashwagandha plantBotanical Name: Withania Somnifera Dunal
Family- SOLANACEAE (Kantakari Kula)
Vernacular Names
Hindi name- Asgandha, Asgandh
Telugu Name- Penneru Gadda/ Dommadolu Gadda
Tamil Name- Amukura, Askulang
Malayalam name – Amukkura
Marathi name – Asandh, Doragunj
Gujarathi Name – Aasandha, Ghoda Aakun
Bengali Name- Asvagandha
Kannada Name- Ashvagandhi

Dry Ashwagandha rootSynonyms-
Hayagandha, Turagnagandha, Vajigandha, Ashwagandha – Ashwa, Haya, Vaji means horse and gandha means smell. This plant smells quite like horse dung.
Gatrakari – Gatra means body. It helps to improve body mass and strength
Turagi, Vajikari – Vaji means horse. This herb is used to improve sexual performance like that of a horse.
Balya- it improves strength
Varahakarni – Varaha means pig Karna means ear. Its leaf looks similar to ear of pig.
Kushtagandhi, Pivari

Classical Categorization
Charaka-
Balya – group of herbs to improve strength and immunity
Brimhaneeya – group of herbs to improve body mass, nourishment

Ashwagandha powderDifferent varieties
There are two plants available in the trade namely
Withania somnifera (more commonly used in the name of Aswagandha)
and Withania coagulans.
The former one is denoted as Pennerugadda while the later is known as Dommadolugadda in Telugu.
There is another herb described in dhanvantari nighantu along with Asvagandha with the synonyms like Medasvi, sthoulyadhyava, Bali, Mamsi, and Rukmini. This is considered as the big variety of Asvagandha (W. coagulans ) by Sri Singaraja Kama Sastry (1932)
The cultivated variety of Asvagandha which is thin and lean is mainly brought from nagori dist. Of Madhya Pradesh. Hence, the name “Nagori Variety”. (Reference: Illustrated Dravyaguna Vijnana Vol. II, by Dr JLN Shastry)
AsgandhDistribution of Withania somnifera: 
Throughout the dry and subtropical India. It is also cultivated extensively throughout India at present.
Ashwagandha plant can easily survive and grow in almost all parts of South India.

Major Chemical constituents:
Withaferin A; withanone, withanolide WS-1, withanolide A to Y; somnirol, somnitol, withasomniferin A, nicotine, preudotropine, tropine, solasodine, withasomnine, Sitoindosides VII-X, sominone, Sominolide etc. (Reference: Illustrated Dravyaguna Vijnana, Vol. II, by Dr JLN Shastry)
Indian GinsengWithania somnifera – medicinal qualities – 
Rasa (taste) – Katu (pungent), Tikta (bitter), Kashaya (astringent)
Guna (qualities) – Snigdha (oiliness, unctuousness), Laghu (lightness)
Veerya – Ushna – Hot potency
Vipaka – Katu undergoes pungent taste conversion after digestion.
Effect on Tridosha -Balances Tridosha, especially Kapha and  Vata.
Part Used- Ashwagandha root, Aswagandha Leaves, Alkali

Ashwagandha Dosage-
Ashwagandha Powder 3 – 6 g in divided dose per day.
Capsule – 250 – 500 mg – once or twice a day, based on doctor’s advice.

Withania somnifera health benefits
Balaprada, Balya – improves strength and immunity
Vaajikari – improves sexual performance, useful in premature ejaculation and in some cases of erectile dysfunction.
Vrushya – acts as aphrodisiac
Rasayani – improves life expectancy, anti aging, elixir.
Pushtiprada – improves body nourishment
Kaasam hanti – useful in cough, cold
Anilam hanti – useful in Vata disorders – neurological and neuro-muscular disorders like paralysis
Vranaan hanti – useful to bring about quick wound healing
Shophahara – brings down inflammation
Kanduhara – relieves itching, useful in pruritis
Vishahara – anti toxic, useful in detox programs
Shvitrahara – useful in leucoderma, on internal usage and external application
Krumihara – useful in intestinal worm infestation,
Shwasahara – useful in asthma, chronic respiratory diseases
Kshatahara – useful in injury healing
Kshayahara – useful in treating muscle wasting, emaciation, post tubercular treatment to improve muscle mass and strength
Ati Shukrala – improves semen quantity and quality
It helps in reducing blood pressure on oral intake.
It is useful in relieving dysmenorrhea
It has diuretic action
Because of its anti anxiety properties, being rich anti oxidants and hypoglycemic activity, it is very useful in treating diabetes.

Withania somnifera for depression:
It is widely used in treating anxiety, depression, chronic fatigue syndrome, adrenaline fatigue. Hence, it is used as an ingredient in Manasamitra vatakam and Brahmi Vati  two famous Ayurvedic tablets.

Ashwagandha sleep – Because Ashwagandha is useful in relieving anxiety and depression and because of its nerve calming effect, it is used in treating sleep disorders.

Ashwagandha for weight loss – 
Usually for weight loss, it is administered in capsule or powder form along with milk and water. it improves muscle strength, hence enables one to be more physically active, hence useful in weight loss.
It also helps to relieve depression. Many depression patients often put on weight either due to depression itself or due to anti depressant medication. In either case, Ashwagandha is useful to fight both depression and related weight gain.

Ashwagandha for weight gain –
Because it improves muscle strength and has nutritive value, when it is used along with other high nutrition foods like  large quantities of ghee, milk and sugar candy, Withania somnifera is very useful to put on weight.

Indian ginseng for heart care:
Ashwagandha is a very good good anti oxidant and acts as a heart tonic. It improves strength of muscles of heart (cardiac muscles).
It can also be useful in high BP and to relieve stress.

Ashwagandha for muscle pain, strength and wound healing:
Its external application in the form of root paste or in the form of oil (prepared in sesame oil base) is useful to relieve pain, inflammation, useful in skin diseases and in chronic non healing wounds.
its leaf or root paste is used externally to treat painful swellings, abscesses, cellulitis and sinuses.

Legal Substitute for ashtavarga
Ashtavarga is a group of eight herbs with very high rejuvenation and anti aging qualities. Among them, Kakoli and Ksheera Kakoli – these two herbs are legally substituted with Ashwagandha, because of similar qualities.
Ashwagandha Home remedies
We have already covered a couple (and lot more to follow)
Ashwagandha remedy for easy conception for women

Boost immunity in children with Ashwagandha

Ayurvedic medicines with ashwagandha ingredient:
It is an important ingredient in the making of chyawanprash
Ajaswagandhadi lehyam  and Ashwagandhadi Leha is a non veg and vegetarian versions – in Avaleha (paste) form, used pretty much for similar purposes.
Ashwagandharishta is widely used in treating fainting disorder, mental fatigue etc.
Balaswagandhadi thailam

Usage of Ashwagandha in sexual disorders
There are some studies done which proves Withania somnifera’s testosterone boosting action. (report)
It improves muscle strength, hence quite useful in treating premature ejaculation and in few cases of erectile dysfunction.
It also relieves anxiety and depression, so helps to improve sexual performance.
It is also used in treating and improving female libido.

Withania somnifera Side effects
Increased hotness, gastritis:
If used alone, for example, Ashwagandha capsule with water, it tends to worsen gastritis in people with sensitive stomach. It also causes constipation in a few.
Because of its innate hot nature, people with Pitta dominance, feel increased hotness with Ashwagandha capsule.
But if it is taken along with milk or ghee, usually this side effect is very much nullified.

Sedative effect: In a very high dose, it may have sedative effect. Hence some experts advice to avoid it during day. But I have not seen its sedative effect so big to put someone to sleep in the day time. However, it is best to take it in the day, only if your doctor has suggested so. Its sleep promotion effect can be more attributed to its anti anxiety and anti depression properties than to its sedative effect.
It can be used safely in children and lactating mother, under medical supervision.
It is best to avoid this during pregnancy.

Research on Withania somnifera:
Anti stress activity:
To evaluate the anti-stress effects of Withania somnifera, an alcoholic extract from roots & seeds dissolved in normal saline was given (100mg/kg intra peritoneal as a single dose) to 20-25 g mice in a swimming performance test in water at 28’-30’ C. It is seen that the extracts approximately double the swimming time when compared to control. It suggested that Withania somnifera induced a stage of nonspecific increased resistance during stress. Glycosides of Withania somnifera exhibited significant antistress activity in forced swimming induced immobility in mice, restraint stress induced gastric ulcer & auto analgesia in rats. Further clinical studies should be conducted as well as studies in multiple animal based models using a variety of suitable biochemical markers to understand its mechanism of action.

Inhibition of mammary cancer metastasis:
Withaferin A showed dose-dependent inhibition of tumor growth and metastatic lung nodule formation with minimal systemic toxicity.
Prevention and treatment of cancer

Hypotensive activity:
The main objective of the study was to analyze the efficacy of Ashwagandha root powder with water and with milk in treatment of hypertension. The experiment was conducted on 51 stress-oriented hypertensive subjects in the age group of 40 to 70 years. Subjects were divided into group I and group II. Supplementation of 2gm of Ashwagandha root powder was given to group I and group II with milk and water respectively in morning. Blood pressure was also recorded over a period of three months. Overall decrease in systolic blood pressure was found though it was non- significant. Further, decrease in systolic blood pressure was significant in group I, whereas decrease in diastolic blood pressure was significant in both the groups. Hence, supplementation of Ashwagandha with milk is recommended in treatment of stress- oriented hypertension

Ashwagandha churna Vs Ashwagandha capsule
When pure uncontaminated Asgandh churna is available, then it is usually preferred to capsule form. But usually Churnas get contaminated easily.
When Ashwagandha needs to me formulated as a mix powder along with other powders (such as Ashwagandhadi Churna, used in indigestion), powder form has advantage over the capsule form.
Ashwagandha capsule is usually prepared with its water extract or crude extract, which retains most of its chemical constituents.
When it comes to easy dosage fixing and easy consumption, capsule is lot better than Churna form, because of bitter taste of Ashwagandha and powder dose fixing is a bit difficult task.
If Ashwagandha alone is to be used for treatment, then capsule can be preferred. But if used alone with water, it tends to cause burning sensation in stomach, hence it is advisable to use it along with milk or ghee, or a combination of both.

Can Ashwagandha be used in Hashimoto thyroidits? I have heard that it should not be used?
A false concept is there, that immune boosting herbs like Ashwagandha cannot be taken in auto-immune disorders. I do not approve of this concept.

Ashwagandha in Hashimoto thyroidits / hypothyroidism would effectively address to the symptoms of stress, weight gain, muscle pain, joint pains, depression etc.
The regular dose (needs approval by consulting Ayurvedic doctor) for this is – half a teaspoon  (3 g) at night, with a cup of milk or water, 10 minutes after food.
Asgandh for hypothyroidism:
Ashwagandha – stress reliever, anti oxidant, stimulates thyroid – Decreases TSH and improves T3 and T4. – placebo-controlled study
Withania somnifera for hyperthyroidism:
It is not directly indicated in the treatment of hyperthyroidism.
But it is useful in treating below symptoms which are associated with hyperthyroidism.
Nervousness, irritability
Fatigue, muscle weakness
more frequent bowel movements
Difficulty sleeping.
Ashwagandha for boosting immunity:
Stimulate immunological activity in mice.
Enhances the total WBC count (17125 cells/mm(3)) on 10th day.
Bone marrow cellularity (27×10(6) cells/femur) as
Administration of Withania extract also showed an enhancement in phagocytic activity of peritoneal macrophages (76.5 pigmented cells/200) when compared to control (31.5/200 cells) in mice. (research)
Immuno-modulator:

  • Active paw anaphylaxis and delayed type hypersensitivity (DTH). Immunomodulatory effect was assessed.
  • A significant increase in white blood cell counts and platelet counts was observed in animals treated with Ashwagandha extract.
  • A protective effect in cyclophosphamide-induced myelo suppression was observed in animals treated with WST and WS2, revealing a significant increase in white blood cell counts and platelet counts.
  • Significant increase in hemagglutinating antibody responses and hemolytic antibody responses towards sheep red blood cells. (research)

Anxiety:
Preliminary evidence suggests potent anxiolytic effectsin the context ofchronic stress, with lesser potency in standard forms of anxiety not related to stress. There may be more benefit to social anxiety as well with Ashwagandha relative to other anxiolytics

C reactive protein –
The reduction seen in C-reactive protein over the course of 60 days has been noted to reach 31.6% with standard oral doses of ashwagandha supplementation.
High CRP levels can indicate that there is inflammation in the arteries of the heart, which can mean a higher risk for heart attack.
Muscle power output
Improvements in power output have been noted in trained persons subject to a sprint test and in sedentary persons who simply took the supplement as well as untrained people who began strength training.

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Comments

  1. Jayanth says:

    This article is good. I have a question here.
    I take anti-psychotic drugs for my bipolar depression
    Can these tablets be taken with ashwagandha powder mixed with milk?
    Kindly clarify.

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Yes, but for bipolar depression, there are better medicines. Please consult a doctor in person.

  2. S. Mukherjee says:

    A very informative article.
    1) I am taking ashwagandharishta liquid (10 ml twice a day after food with water) for controlling anxiety and tension. Please advice on this and if any chance of side effect of gastritis due to this.
    2) I am also considering taking ashwagandha capsules after food due to correct my low pressure. Please advice if ok, particularly since already taking ashwagandharishta as mentioned above

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      In a few, ashwagandharishta may cause gastritis. But usually it is well tolerated, if taken 10 minutes after food.
      If you have low blood pressure, then better to consult a doctor, rather than relying on online advice on Ashwagandha.

  3. Harshit says:

    Can Ashwagandha be taken for anxiety along with SNRI medicines, Tricyclic antidepressants and beta-blockers ?

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Yes, but the dose needs to be fine tuned. Some from Allopathy fraternity opine that Ashwagandha enhances sedative effect of SSRI anti depressants.

  4. shish pal says:

    sir 3-6 gm hw can we measure with spoon

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      generally a teaspoonful of Ashwagandha powder measures 5 grams.

      • Sir,after taking ashwagandharishta i feel uneasiness in head …bt i want to continue with ashwagandharist…as it has mny health benefits…what should I do now?

        • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

          Consider taking 10 ml, mixed with 10 ml of water, at night, 30 minutes after food, for 1 month time. Even with this low dose, if uneasiness in head persists, please change the brand of Aswagandharishta or consult an Ayurveda doctor directly.

          • shameer sho says:

            Badam 30 grm Kalonji 15 grm Asgandh nagori 60 grm pulverized it and include hone is best

  5. Gaurav says:

    Is the Vata reducing action of Ashwagandha more pronounced on any particular Dhatus?

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Its action is more on Mamsa (Muscles), Meda (Fat), Asthi (Bones), Majja (marrow) and Shukra (reproductive system) Dhatus.

      • Arun Baby says:

        Hi Doctor, myself a fitness freak, will this ashwagandha help in muscle growth and bone health and immunity ? Can it be taken freely ? Can it be used contiguously or life time ? Is there any pure powered form of this available in market for free use ?

        • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

          Hi,
          1. Ashwagandha powder – half a teaspoon after workout along with half a cup of milk (or water) can be taken anyone as a general supplement for 3 months, then give a gap of a month and continue again.
          I am not a fan of continuing any medicine / herb for a long periods of time without gaps in between, for about one year.

          2. Consider a few side effects as explained in the article. If you do not fall in those categories, then you can take it freely.
          3. For good quality organic Ashwagandha powder, please contact my brother in law – Shashi Kumar – mygardendiary.in@gmail.com

  6. A comprehensive study on “Ashwagandha” Thannks a lot of Dr J B Hebbar

  7. Thanks for this article Dr. Hebbar. Does Ashwagandha help the thyroid function? It would be nice if you could elaborate on thyroid disease and its treatment options in Ayurveda.

  8. I am taking anti depressant. In between I took Ashwagandha for 3-4 days which made diverse effect like restlessness, anxiety, feeling uneasy. Is it advisable for people who take antidepressant and anxiety as not to take Ashwagandha?

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Hi, for depression treatment, it is best to consult an Ayurvedic doctor and go as per his advice, rather than trying herbs on your own.
      Some Ayurvedic medicine / treatment can be taken along with allopathic anti-depressants.

  9. michelle says:

    Hi, very good article, but I’m still unclear out the effects of Ashwagandha on my weight. I definitely do not want to gain any more weight. I need to lose. Will this herb cause weight gain all by itself? Or does it need to be used a certain way for that to happen? Any help you can give is appreciated.

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Hi, if you take Ashwagandha in a low dose of one capsule or per day, for a period of not more than 2 months, then it will not cause weight gain by itself. If it is taken on a higher dose or for longer period of time, or along with other herb / herbal combinations, then it can contribute to weight gain.

      • michelle says:

        What herbal combinations would those be? I do take a lot of other remedies. Thank you so much for your time!

        • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

          Like, Ashwagandhadi lehyam – which contains many nutrition rich herbs and sugar.

  10. Hello ,
    Can you please suggest me good Ashwagandha products available online or in any shops in Bangalore ?? Thanks in advance !!

    Regards
    Jagadeesh

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Hi, I have mentioned a few Ayurvedic medicines with Ashwagandha ingredient in the last segment of the article. Almost all of them are available in Bangalore Ayurveda stores. Even Ashwagandha capsule is also available in Bangalore.

  11. Sheela says:

    Thank you Doctor for the invaluable article. I am learning a lot from your website. I really appreciate your effort.

    I have a question for you Dr.

    I notice some weight gain after taking ashwagandha with milk. Is there a better alternative for Ashwagandha?

    Thanks Dr.

    Namaste!

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Namaste 🙂
      You can take Ashwagandha along with a teaspoon of honey, mixed in a cup of water for weight loss, for 2 months time.

  12. Gopalakrishna Bhat says:

    good detailsabout aswagandha

  13. Hi, I surrer from anxiety and depression but I am not taking any mediaction for this. I have been advised to take liquid withania (in alcohol). Is it safe to take and is it likely to make my anxiety any worse?
    Thanks

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      I assume that you are referring to Ashwagandharishtam. If so, it is safe to take. No problem.

      • Dr. Is aswagandha bad for gastrist if one already have and does it cause gastrist in long term . Thanks

        • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

          Some patients observe worsening of gastritis with Ashwagandha. Such people can take it along with milk, 30 minutes after food.

  14. DR. I have chronic gastritis.Will it help gastritis or cause it more?.Should I avoid aswagandha for that reason even though it suppose to help thyriod?.
    If taken longer term can it cause weight gain ?.Also aswagandha consider a night shade family.

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Hi, You can take Ashwagandha 10 minutes after food, which would not irritate stomach and hence would not affect your gastritis. Also consider taking it with half a cup of milk.
      It will not cause weight gain in lower doses on long term use.

      • Mahesh says:

        Hi sir i am 18 in age and i have to increase height, does Ashwagandha help me to increase ,,

        • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

          Yes, to some extent. For further personal health advice, please consult an Ayurveda doctor directly.
          If you want my help in finding a good Ayurveda doctor for you, then let me know your place.

          For email advice (not a reliable option, we do not promise any cure), please write to our health experts here (paid service) – https://easyayurveda.com/consult/

  15. baji ram says:

    I am having Hypertension and taking valsartin tablets 80 mg from 3 months. Please tell is it safe for me to have ajaswandha leham? I read that this should not be taken by hypertensive .is it true?

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Hi, you can take Ajaswagandha leham in a small dose of half a teaspoon per day, with milk or lukewarm water once a day, after food.

  16. Satheesh says:

    Dr. I have used Amrita Ashwaganda tablets(each contains 850 mg) twice a day morning(after breakfast) and evening(around 5pm) along with milk.After using 4 days I am suffer from dehydration and my mouth became dry and drinking more water. I reduced to 1 tablet (each contains 850 mg) per day, but no use ,feeling dehydration still. Now I have stopped.Now its Ok. But I want to use this medicine because it is useful for muscle strength ,anti aging etc. Please suggest me better way of using this medicine without dehydration.
    I came to know that this medicine will use get problem like Thyroid effect , liver effect.

    Thanks&Regards
    Satheesh

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Hi, please use the tablet, 10 minutes after food at night only for a week. If you get the aforementioned side effects again, please stop it and consult your doctor directly. Regards.

  17. Pranav says:

    Hi Doc,I am 25 yr male,weighing 50 kgs,i feel loss of energy most of the day beside i have high acidity and constipation problem at most times,is it safe for me to take ashwagandha..if it is,how much dosage do u suggest..?thanks

    • Dr Malini Bhat says:

      Sir would advise you to take medicines for High acidity and constipation and then start of with taking Ashwagandha.

  18. R.Atish says:

    will ashwagandham help people with old age memory loss ?

  19. Ashwagandha improve sex and weight loss

  20. Is this possible height can b grow with ashwagandha powder..??

    • Dr Malini Bhat says:

      Dear Madam,
      Ashwagandha indirectly can influence HGH (Human growth hormones) which is significantly responsible for growth of height. In the transition age period of 16-18 human body requires proteins and vitamins for the development of the height and weight in a balanced way. Ashwagandha helps the body in the appropriate and overall development. Regular consumption helps in growth of body height and weight and also improves body energy.

  21. Ganesh says:

    Sir 6 months ago my both hand’s wrist’s ligaments got stretched during exercise in gym. I got treatment of a doctor and now it doesn’t pain but make little noise but doesn’t pain. I want to start exercise again. My need is to make ligaments, bones and muscles strong. Also want to loose belly fats. I do exercise regularly so can I take Shilajeet and Ashwagandha powder together with warm milk after food in night ? If yes how much quantity of both should I take with 300 ml milk ?

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Yes you can 250 – 500 mg of each per day with 300 ml of milk.
      For further consultation, write to me here – easyayurveda.com/contact-details

  22. Hello Dr Hebbar ,

    I must say what an excellent trials you have made to help us over Ayurvedic medicines – its my ill fate that My grand father was also an Ayurvedic doctor but that knowledge never got transferred to us any how thank you so much for all the good work you are doing

    – I was told that Ashwagandha will help in improving Female Fertility disorders – I just need to know if Ashwagandha Leyhm can be taken by females to improve chances of conception –

    I am against Alopathy owing to the side effects and hence decided to use only Ayurvedic medicine in way trying to get back to the Rich old indian Knowledge
    Please help and Advise

    Regards
    Aditya

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Dear Aditya,
      Thanks for your kind words of appreciation. As they say, it is never too late to learn and adopt Ayurveda. 🙂

  23. KK Mathai says:

    Hi Doctor
    I am growing Naikurna Plant in my home. It have plenty of seeds. i do not know how to use it and dosage. I am having sexual ejaquation problem because of my age(60)
    Please advise me how to use it as a treatment.
    Thanks for your support and apreciate your correct advise.

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Hi,
      Its fruit seed powder – in a dose of – half a teaspoon at night with a cup of hot milk for 2 months time.

  24. amudha says:

    Will Ashwagandha cure tardive dyskenesia and dystonia

  25. I want to use Ashwagantha for premature ejaculation.Shall i take capsule or Powder?.
    if tablets,which company shall i take it?.how many per day?.how long should i take it?.

    • Dr Malini Bhat says:

      Dear sir, As we all are genetically different with different constitutions and patterns, we respond to treatments in many different ways. Hence Standard Ayurvedic Treatments are always individually formulated. For specific treatment, always consult with a qualified Ayurvedic physician.

  26. I m 24..can ashwagandha help me to increase height at this age?

    • Dr Malini Bhat says:

      Dear Madam, Ashwagandha indirectly can influence HGH (Human growth hormones) which is significantly responsible for growth of height. In the transition age period of 16-18 human body requires proteins and vitamins for the development of the height and weight in a balanced way. Ashwagandha helps the body in the appropriate and overall development. So at this age it is difficult for the increase in height.

  27. Ramesh Iyer says:

    Dear Sir
    What is the influence or impact of aswagandha (AG) on rheumatoid arthritis and on pulse rate. I am taking Folitrax for Rheumatoid arthritis and Nebicard 2.5mg to reduce BP/ pulse rate ( it was high on a few occasions due to anxiety during a stressful period). So can we take Aswagandha with Foliitra/ Folvit and Nebicard. Will it lower the pulse rate ( which would already be correct, so lowering it due to Aswa side effect will make it lower which is not good?). And some REPUTED US websites say AG is not good as it increases immunity which is bad for RA treatment which suppresses our immune system.
    Also some US websites have mentioned AG affects the thyroid functioning over the long-term?
    Your clear comments please.

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Dear Mr Ramesh, as per my experience and patient reviews, Ashwagandha causes increase of heart rate.
      There is a theory that Ashwagandha should not be used in Rheumatoid arthritis at RA is a auto immune disorder and Ashwagandha would increase immunity and make it worse.
      I personally do not use Ashwagandha while treating RA. I would choose herbs like Guggulu, Sallaki, Guduchi etc.
      As per my experience, Ashwagandha increases thyroid hormone secretion.

  28. Namskar doctor sahab kya aswagandha churn aur capsule me kuch antar hai aur suxual weakness me koun jyada asarkarak hai..churn aur capsule dono me se koun sa lena chahiye (i am u
    sing patanjali product) plz bataye hindi me..

    • Dr Malini Bhat says:

      Aswagandha churna le sakte he aap. Agar taklif hoti he churna khane me to capsule bhi kha sakte he.

  29. Vinay S Gouri says:

    Dear Dr.,

    Many westerners classify Ashwagandha herb as nightshade along with other nightshade vegetables such as Brinjal, etc. This is contradicting to Ayurvedic classification. For example, for diseases such as migraine, myalgia, where nightshades are not allowed and it helps also and even you have given your kind advise on the same guidelines.

    So say Ashwagandharishta, Ashwagandhadhi lehyam or even Dhanvantharam Kashayam all have Ashwagandha and their target diseases are infact towards curing nervous disorders thereby reducing pain and depression.

    Can you please clarify?

    Regards
    Vinay

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Dear Vinay, used part of Ashwagandha is it’s root. So it, being.nightshade or not, doesn’t matter.

  30. Sanjiv says:

    Can Ashwagandha Tablate be used by children to Increase height ?

    • Dr Malini Bhat says:

      Sir, Ashwagandha indirectly can influence HGH (Human growth hormones) which is significantly responsible for growth of height. In the transition age period of 16-18 human body requires proteins and vitamins for the development of the height and weight in a balanced way. Ashwagandha helps the body in the appropriate and overall development. Regular consumption helps in growth of body height and weight and also improves body energy.

  31. Prabha says:

    Dr, I am currently feeding my baby and she is one yea old now.can I take aswagantha powder whilst feeding for weight and what is the dose ? Thank u

  32. Saikiran says:

    Hi Doc,
    Does this Ashwagandha churna from divya pharmacy can cure leucoderma, since I’m already using allopathy treatment for this I’m having patchex pills at night. Is it ok to have this churna mixed with cow’s milk after having those pills?(before going to sleep)

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      It cannot be guaranteed that Ashwagandha would cure leucoderma. But it is okay for you to have it.

  33. sir ,
    can i take ashwagandha powder without any doctor consult for gain weight ,,and can it be taken in summer because of it’s hot property ,,or ashwagandh and triphala can be taken together…

    • Dr Malini Bhat says:

      Namaste Sir, You will need a advice from a doctor for it. Seeing BMI, constitution and prakruthi etc., the dosage will be fixed.

  34. Very good question and answers Dr.Thank u very much.

  35. I am 20 years old can i use ashwagandha to increase my height

    • Dr Malini Bhat says:

      Hello sir, Ashwagandha indirectly can influence HGH (Human growth hormones) which is significantly responsible for growth of height. In the transition age period of 16-18 human body requires proteins and vitamins for the development of the height and weight in a balanced way. Ashwagandha helps the body in the appropriate and overall development. Regular consumption helps in growth of body height and weight and also improves body energy.

  36. sunehri says:

    hello sir, I wanted to know what is the difference between ashwagandha and nagori ashwagandha. which of these two will help to increase height and weight? im 21 years old female.pls reply soon as i have to order it

    • Dr Malini Bhat says:

      Hello Madam, Ashwagandha indirectly can influence HGH (Human growth hormones) which is significantly responsible for growth of height. In the transition age period of 16-18 human body requires proteins and vitamins for the development of the height and weight in a balanced way. Ashwagandha helps the body in the appropriate and overall development. Regular consumption helps in growth of body height and weight and also improves body energy.

  37. Hi sir,I want to increase height. If I take this will I gain weight too?

    • Dr Malini Bhat says:

      Hello Sir, Ashwagandha indirectly can influence HGH (Human growth hormones) which is significantly responsible for growth of height. In the transition age period of 16-18 human body requires proteins and vitamins for the development of the height and weight in a balanced way. Ashwagandha helps the body in the appropriate and overall development. Regular consumption helps in growth of body height and weight and also improves body energy.

  38. HII sir i m 21 years old and i had just bought ashwagandha roots sooo i want to know how to consume it and is there any side effects

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      1 teapoon along with a cup of milk, at night, 30 minutes after food for 1 month time.

  39. Puneeta says:

    hi Sir, muje thyroid hai (medicine band karne par thyroid badh jata hai) , aur main weight bh kum karna chahti hu ,tho kya main Ashwagandha start kar sakti hu pls dose bataiye weight kum karne k liye and tyroid control karne ke liye.

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Aap Giloy Satva – 500 mg per day le Sakte hai. Zyada jaankaari ke liye Ayurvedic doctor ko consult kare.

  40. Archie M. says:

    Question. My daughter is a young athlete, high level for her age. She’s 11 years & 5 months old right now. Is it safe for her to take the Ashwagandha Organic Root Powder? No side effects? Thank you.

  41. Abhi Raj says:

    can I take ashwagandha powder during summer

    • Dr Malini Bhat says:

      Hello Sir, Ashwagandha is hot in potency, sweet in post digestive effect, bitter, sweet and astringent in nature. As it is Hot in potency, it may increase in Summer. Hence, should be avoided in summer.

  42. Panduranga says:

    Hi Sir,
    I Read the article and understood that i can use Ashwaganda for my sexual problem,
    now a days my pennnis was not supporting, i was feeling that ejection problem started, after i read this am feeling happy,now my age is 30Y not married.
    from 15Y to till now continuing hand work, i think because of that this ejection prob araised .

    Please suggest me taking ashwaganda is good for my prob or any other activities do i need to do for better improve/corrective.

    Regards,
    Sri Krishna

  43. sudheer says:

    Sir can I reduce weight using ashwagandha churna

  44. Kuldeep says:

    Sir thanks for nice article, sir I am taking ashwagandha churn (patanjali ) and shatavari churn with milk morning and evening after taking food. Which fruit are not taking during this. I heard that mango or khatai something like this . Pl suggest me

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      There is no restriction on any fruits while taking Ashwagandha + Shatavari along with milk. Just take care not to mix any sour fruits along with milk.

  45. Ami Sebastian says:

    Hi doctor, thanks for this informative article about aswagandha.
    I have read that aswagandha is an adaptogen, i.e., it balances out the levels of hormones rather than unilaterally increasing or decreasing individual hormones, especially with respect to estrogen, progesterone and testosterone… Is this true? And if so, would it be helpful in hormone imbalance states such as hormonal acne?
    Thankyou

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      It is very true. For the same reason, it is very useful in the treatment of hypothyroidism and as well as hyperthyroidism, in cases of PCOS etc. It is beneficial in hormonal acne.

      But while using Ashwagandha capsule, we need to watch the patient after a month to see the effect and decide on continuing.

  46. Hariprasad says:

    Namaste,

    I currently take triphala powder daily at night. Is it ok to take ashwagandha powder also in order to gain weight?

    If yes, can I take it in the mornings?

    Regards, Hari

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Hi, you can take ashwagandha in the morning.
      For people seeking weight gain, long term use of Triphala is not recommended.

  47. Sir, Is there any other ayurvedic medicine(other than ashwagandha) for GAD ( Generalized Anxiety Disorder) ?

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      So many! Brahmi, Shankhapushpi, Jatamansi etc. Please consult an Ayurveda doctor.

  48. Dear Dr.Hebbar, thank you for this very informative post on Ashwagandha. I have variable digestion with gastritis/flatulence. Can I take Ashwagandha Rasayana (B.V Pundit’s, Mysore)? Also what should be free dosage and anupana?
    Regards,
    Sri

  49. Sridhar says:

    Dear Dr,
    I am 48 years old. I am taking Gariforte ( Himalya) regularly for long time, mainly for stress management. 4 years back I suffered from Alopecia areata and lost 50 % of my hair including mustache and eyebrows. Subsequently I recovered from it with diet control and regular application of garlic paste. Now I have recovered almost 80 % of the lost hair.

    Aswagnadha being one of the main component in Geriforte, is this actually aggravating my alopicia and delaying the recovery.

    Do you advice me to discontinue Gariforte.

    Kindly advice.

  50. Sridhar says:

    Thank you very much Doctor.

  51. vbraoanantha says:

    is sugar patints Ashwagandha Lehyam Use or not If Use what are the side effects

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      No. Diabetic patients should avoid it, because it can increase blood sugar levels.

  52. C. Murugan says:

    I am type 2 diabetic patient, can i take aswagandha capsules daily for immunity

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Yes, 1 capsule at night after food for 2 months time, with milk or water. For further advice, please consult an Ayurveda doctor directly.
      For email advice, please write to our health experts here (paid service) – https://easyayurveda.com/consult/

  53. Hai sir,
    Can I take manomithram tablets and himalaya ashwagandha tablet together? How much quantity can I take? Will be there any side effect?

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Hi, you can take. Dose depends on the symptoms, strength of the patient etc. For further advice, please consult an Ayurveda doctor directly.
      For email advice, please write to our health experts here (paid service) – https://easyayurveda.com/consult/

  54. Dear Doctor,
    My husband is suffering from acidity ,gastritis and anxiety problems…can he take aswagandha

  55. Shyam Agarwal says:

    Hi my bp always remains at 100/62. I do regular gym and weight training for 21/2 hrs and take protein supplement. I also take 4 gms of ashwagandha and 3 gms of gokhru powder with lukewarm water at bed times. Pls suggest that the low bp is due to ashwagandha and gokhru

  56. Hello sir
    I mangesh I am very depress short height not good body . Ahavganda is better me

  57. Great information. I just bought Ashwagandha 500mg. caps. for myasthenia Gravis weak muscles. You said it can cause weight gain after 2 months at high dose. I already weigh 191. (female) . Can I take it long term at low dose and what mg. do I need to be rffective to strengthen my weak musckes?
    Thank you for your help.

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      You can take just one capsule per day, at night after food for 2 – 3 months time.
      For further advice, please consult an Ayurveda doctor directly.
      For email advice, please write to our health experts here (paid service) – https://easyayurveda.com/consult/

  58. khalifa says:

    Dear Dr,
    can we give ashwagandha for children, if its yes what is the age limit and dose.(powder form)

  59. Sanjay says:

    Having weak immune system urge to motion after having milk products can take ashwagandha capsule age 46 also taking medicine for high BP. ..

  60. SIR , IS ASWAGANDHA AND GINSENG ARE SAME?

  61. gurminder says:

    hlo sir,
    i am 15 year old and my height is 164 cm . can i take ashwagandha ti increase my height
    and when to take after the dinner

  62. Even a small dose is causing incresed heart rate with aswagandha, is it true??

  63. nirmal says:

    Hi ,,, I want to discrease Wight from ashwagandha plz tell me sir, how to take it

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      yes. Half a teaspoon with 1 teaspoon of honey at night after food for 2 months time.

  64. Sir, I am using ashwagandha churna(kottakal) with milk in the morning, for better results can I take ashwagandha lehyam in night.I had read that due to overheat in body the medicine benefits does not work quickly.My body is overheat one and can I take barley powder for reducing it. Kindly suggest.

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Hi, you can take the lehyam at night. You can have barley powder or milk to reduce heat.

  65. Sir, i took geriforte capsule 2 per dayfor anxiety. But after 2 day onwsrds i left with complete sleep less nights untill i stop.I strongly believe its because of aswagandha. Is nutmeg in drakshasava do the sameif i take it fo anxiety???

  66. Dear Sir,
    I am an 18 old boy, I have been suggested Ashwagandha tablets for increasing height. I take a tablet every night before sleeping, but it causes loose motions in the morning and has also caused pimples on my face (they were absent before I started taking the medicine). Should I continue? Will the side effects subside on their own?
    Kindly help.

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Hi, consider taking the tablet along with a cup of milk at night, after food, for 15 days. If the loose motions and acne persist, stop Ashwagandha.
      For further advice, please consult an Ayurveda doctor directly.
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      • Hi, Sir i have stopped masturbation but getting nightfall at short intervals.I am 21 yrs old. How i should consume ashwagandha to stop it. Kindly suggest me

        • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

          Hi, nightfall is very common. If it is happening once a week, it is normal Just neglect it.

  67. Tushar says:

    Sir hi my height is 6ft I need to gain weight how can I gain weight with ashwgandha

  68. Hi, I work night shifts so I sleep in morning. Shall I take Ashwagandha at night or morning ? Becasue I have to stay awake all the night during work.
    Also I have started taking this recenly and my body heat is increasing, any remedies for this ?

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Please take it before going to bed. Take it with milk. Milk being coolant should nullify hotness.

  69. Can you please tell me if you would recommend Ashwagandha for Alheimer’s? What have you seen as results? What dose is recommended?

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      I have not treated any cases of Alzheimer’s successfully. I would bet more on Brahmi ghrita and Saraswatarishta than Ashwagandha.

  70. Dear Dr,

    My daughter is 6 1/2 years old,(13/5/2010) underweight and short in height. She weighs 15 kgs and height is 103 cms. For the last 2 months I am giving her Ashwagandha 2 grams daily with milk 1 hour before dinner. After 60 days of use her wt is 16 kgs and height is 105 cms.

    I would like to know is it safe to continue for 3 more months. Will there be any side effects if I administer Ashwagandha for a long period? How many months gap should I keep before each course. Please suggest. Thank you

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      In a dose of 2 grams per day, it can be continued for 3 months time, with a cup of milk.
      For further personal health advice, please consult an Ayurveda doctor directly.
      If you want my help in finding a good Ayurveda doctor for you, then let me know your place.

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  71. Dear Dr,

    I want to try Ashwagandha for weight gain, to have relief from fatigue & insomnia. Is it advisable to take Ashwagandha in the morning? If so,will it cause drowsiness & affect my work. I purchased Ashwagandha capsules, each capsule contains 850mg. Is 850mg a higher dose or should I go for a lower dose
    pls advise.

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Hi, you can take 850 mg of Ashwagandha capsule at night, with a cup of milk, just before food for 1 month.
      For further personal health advice, please consult an Ayurveda doctor directly.
      If you want my help in finding a good Ayurveda doctor for you, then let me know your place.

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  72. My daughter suffers from anxiety and depression related to PTSD. She is 6 years of age. Would it be safe for her to take this root, and if so, how much?

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      It can be useful but better to consult a doctor directly.
      useful dose for children is – 1 gram powder, mixed with a cup of hot milk, at night, after food for 4 – 6 weeks time. A little sugar can be added for taste. Organic Ashwagandha powder is available in amazon website here –
      http://amzn.to/2mHY407

      Using Brahmi Amla hair oil in place of regular hair oil is also useful.
      Available in amazon website here –
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      For further personal health advice, please consult an Ayurveda doctor directly.
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  73. Jigar Suryavanshi says:

    Sir, my age is 23 i want to add few inches to my height can i take ashwagandha powder (2tbsp) with milk before going to bed

  74. Balkishan says:

    Sir, I have start taking Patanjali divya ashwagandha churna to weight gain. I am taking it before going to bed. is there any precaution required or any specific suggestion for diet.

  75. my 6 1/2 year old daughter’s height is only 105 cms and weight is 16 kgs though eats well a proper balanced food. I am giving about 2 grams of ashwagandha mixed in milk 1 hour before dinner for 2 months now. I am seeing a significant difference in height and weight. How long can I continue giving this to her? Please advise

  76. i am 16 and want to increase height is it possible if i eat ashwagandha

  77. Sir, can I take one tablet of Himalayan Aswagandha in morning before execise?

  78. Dear sir, please suggest me best medicine for mind dissorder…

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      For personal health advice, please consult an Ayurveda doctor directly.
      If you want my help in finding a good Ayurveda doctor for you, then let me know your place.

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      • kali khan says:

        sir i want to advise my sex stemna to poor iys just in 15 seconds i need ur answer

        • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

          For personal health advice, please consult an Ayurveda doctor directly.
          If you want my help in finding a good Ayurveda doctor for you, then let me know your place.

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  79. Gurpreet Harika says:

    Sir i have started Himalaya Ashwagandha capsules but i am taking it for muscle gain and to increase testosterone level for bodybuilding purpose. Will this help me out?? When should I take it?? With water or milk??

  80. i am suffering from depression. is it advisable to take the mixer of ashwagandha,shatavari, brahmi and jatamashi ?

  81. Sir im 22 and i have a problem of Premature Ejaculation. Can taking ashwagandha cure this?

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Yes.
      Usually it does not produce any such side effects.
      For further personal health advice, please consult an Ayurveda doctor directly.
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  82. vosgo39 says:

    Can i take a capsule 450mg ashwaganha in the mornoing with the stomach empty, with hot water? I dont get breakfast till two hours later, because i have to make exercisse.
    And other capsule in lunch half an hour before with hot water or milk?
    This capsule in the morning can produce stomac acidity?. I have tendence to have acidity sometimes only before dinner.
    Thank you Dr Hebbar for your answer.

  83. vosgo39 says:

    And if i substituted by Guduchi, it will have the same benefits for stress and depression?

  84. Hello Doctor! can it be taken to prevent any type of cancer?

  85. Hello Doctor! Daughter’s pediatrician said it cannot be taken by the kids younger than 18y.o. Why do you think she has such opinion? Thank you

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Not sure. But there is classical text book reference of its usage in children

  86. Question to :Dr J V Hebbar MD

    Due to adverse side effects of Flomax and Avodart ,I have started using Himplasia (Himalaya) tablets for my BHP, Is it also advisable to use Ashwagandha capsules, and at what dosage.?

    I am 62 years.

    Kindly reply to my email address.

    Thanks.

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Yes. 1 capsule 2 times a day after food for 2 months time.
      For personal health advice, please consult an Ayurveda doctor directly.
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  87. Hello Doctor. I am 31 and started taking Ashwagandha for weight gain. I am taking Ashwagandha powder 5gm daily night with milk for past one month. Still I have not increased weight or build muscles. I am doing normal yoga daily. Please help what else I can do to increase weight.

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      For personal health advice, please consult an Ayurveda doctor directly.
      If you want my help in finding a good Ayurveda doctor for you, then let me know your place.

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  88. Namasivayam says:

    Hello Doctor, I am 31. I am taking Ashwagandha powder 5gm with milk every night for past one month. Still I did not gain any weight. I do normal ypga. Please tell me if I am missing something?

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Hi, mix the Ashwagandha with a teaspoon of ghee. Swallow it with a cup of hot milk at night, after food for 2 more months.

      For personal health advice, please consult an Ayurveda doctor directly.
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  89. Srikanth says:

    Hi Sir, since 2days I am taking 1 ashwagndha tablet (amrita 840) with milk at bed time. I am getting headache. I want to take it because it has many benefits. What do I do?

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Just take it with water.

      For personal health advice, please consult an Ayurveda doctor directly.
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  90. Ajai Rai Madan says:

    Dear Dr.Hebbar, thank you for this very informative post on Ashwagandha. I am 51 years old & in excellent health………I play badminton, go for walks and also go to the gym for weight training thrice a week…………..I wish to take Ashwagandha tablets for general well being and maintenance……..What should be the daily dosage for me?……….Once or twice daily?………After lunch or after dinner……… I have tablets of 450 mg potency with me currently…………

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      450 mg tablet, 1 at night, after food with half a cup of water or warm milk, for 6 weeks time.
      When I grow to your age, I would aim to be as physically active as you are. 🙂

  91. Shashank says:

    HI Doctor,
    I am planning to take Himalaya Ashwagandha to increase testosterone as I am 25 year old male and still have scarce beard and not manly voice.
    When is the best time to take ashwagandha? With water or milk? How long should it take to show results?

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      1 tablet at night after food, with water for 2 months time.
      Available locally, or in amazon website here
      http://amzn.to/2rEE7LN

      For personal health advice, please consult an Ayurveda doctor directly.
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  92. hello,
    after taking ashavganda capsules for 2 days i feel severe pain in stomach and the unberable pain stayed for about 6 hours and also feeling of vomiting and then i stopped taking it, what should i do now, stop taking it or any other solution?
    Thanks

  93. Aditi A says:

    Sir, My daughter is 12 years old with height 142cm. and weight 36 kg.Her periods started at age of 9. Can I give her Ashwagandha tablet to increase her height? What dose and how many days?

  94. Sharma says:

    Hello dr ,
    My son is 8 year old . Some one suggested to give nagori aswagandha powder to increase height. I m not sure whether I should give or not to a child. Is nagori and aswagandha are different roots or just aswagandha powder which we get from Ayurveda shop.
    If it can be given to child then please advice how to make the powder and how much I should give. Thank

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Hi, as per my knowledge, nagori ashwagandha is same as plain one.
      1 gram with a cup of milk at night after food for 1 month

  95. Hajira says:

    Hi sir ,I am 16 + years can i take aswagandha roots powder for height growth,I have stomach pain when I have my periods.is it ok to take this powder,if yes then please suggest how much quantity of powder should i take.please reply Thank you

  96. Neeraj says:

    Hello Sir,

    Why is the dosage in capsules less i.e
    250mg whereas dosage of powder is 2-3g. Which is the best form to have this medicine.

    Regards
    Neeraj

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Because capsules use extracts and powder is just raw powder of the herb. Hence, capsule dose is lesser.
      Ashwagandha powder – 3 grams twice a day, or 5 grams at night is best form to consume, along with water or milk. Available in amazon website here
      http://amzn.to/2t7CVBA

      Some find it difficult to consume because of bitterness. For them, Organic Ashwagandha Capsule -1 capsule twice a day, or 1 at night, with water or milk is better. Available in amazon website here
      http://amzn.to/2s7e2qx

  97. Prashant says:

    Hello Dr, thank you for the detailed article on Ashwagandha. I was taking himalaya triphala tablets as regular anti oxidant and it also relieves me from gastritis caused by constipation. Now I want to start taking himalaya ashwagandha tablets as suffering from Anxiety and Insomnia. Please advise how should I take this, what should be dosage and can I continue tsking Triphla as it helps me gastritis. ThankYou!!

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Continue taking Triphala. Along with that, take Ashwagandha tablet – 1 at night after food with milk or water for 2 months time.
      Available in amazon website here
      http://amzn.to/2ulY0q4

  98. M VIDHYALAKSHMI says:

    Dear sir, I am diabetic 37year old female, my sugar level r in control, can I start taking ashvagandha in night stopping diabetic pill, morning will take regular medicine

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Depends on your allopathic medicine strength. It is best to make the switch to allopathy, after consulting an Ayurveda doctor directly.

      As a first step, it is better to start with Ashwagandha – 1 tablet at night after food + allopathic medicine morning and evening.
      Then watch for blood sugar level after a month, and then reduce the allopathic medicine gradually.

      For personal health advice, please consult an Ayurveda doctor directly.
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  99. Hello sir i want to take ashvagandha for weight gain and energy how much tablets should i take per day thank you

  100. Michael says:

    Is it safe to take ashwagandha 100 mg and shatavari 100 mg for 2 months ? Then take a break of one month. Then again start same dose. What I mean to ask is is it safe for long term use while stopping for a month and again starting intake? I am taking it for anxiety.

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Yes, it is safe to take both the medicines for 2 months, and then 1 month break and again continue.

  101. Rishabh says:

    I am 23 yrs old and am doing regular cardio for weight loss n am taking Ashwagandha and Shilajit capsules in morning after breakfast and at night after food . Is this good to take this combo for weight loss ? …… Sir ,can women take Ashwagandha capsules ?

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      1. yes. Good to continue for 2 months and then stop it.
      2. Women can take just 1 capsule of Ashwgandha per day for 1 – 2 months time.

  102. Sir I am 16 and 152 cm in height .can I take ashwagandha powder ??

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Yes, half a teaspoon (2 grams) at night with a cup of milk or water for 1 month time.

  103. Hi sir im 5.8 nd 22yrs old. Can i take ashwaganda powder. Will it be useful to grow height at this point of age. Please let me know how to take it on daily basis. Along with this any other remedies should i take? If it useful how much tall i will grow

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Hi, I cannot guarantee a height increase.
      Taking Ashwagandha – half a small spoonful with milk at night for 2 months can be tried.
      Available in amazon website here
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  104. Naveen Kumar says:

    Sir m 18 years old hu m ashwagandha capsules wieght ,height,muscles bhadane ke liye lena chahta hu to 1 day me kitne capsules lu or khana khane bad ya phale
    Or sir kya m sath me hamdard safi blood purifier ka use kar sakta hu

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Ashwagandha – just 1 capsule at night after food for only 2 months time.
      You can take Hamdard safi blood purifier along with Ashwagandha.

  105. Naveen Kumar says:

    Sir 1 din me kitne capsules lene h

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      1 – 2 capsules per day.

      • Naveen Kumar says:

        Or sir ye kitne mahine tak leni h
        Or kya m sath me hamdard safi blood purifier ka use kar satkta hu kya koi side effects to nhi hoga

        • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

          2 maheene tak.
          Hamdard safi iske saath use kar sakte hai.
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  106. Biltu Mandal says:

    I have a sensitive stomach sir. I am taking hingawastak churna mix with sankha bhasma, along with soothsekhar rasa with honey and alarsin sooktyn tablet. I want to take ashwagandha for stress and to improve sexual power. Can u suggest how to take and how much amout to take by not getting the adverse effects. Please reply.

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      For personal health advice, please consult an Ayurveda doctor directly.
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  107. Ratna roychowdhury says:

    I have a fobia for any disease .and also anxity.fear for death and nurotic disorder please tell can i take this himalaya ashwagandha pill?if i take this then how much i take ?? Answer please…

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      You may take Ashwagandha tablet – 1 at night after food for a month.
      For personal health advice, please consult an Ayurveda doctor directly.
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  108. Abhishek rawat says:

    Ihave taken one tablet of ashvagandha for last night and i got loose motion…it was as same as last time i took it…please tell me sir

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Hi, in some, it may cause loose stools. Try taking it with half a cup of milk. Continue it for 1 week. If Loose motion persists, stop it.

      For personal health advice, please consult an Ayurveda doctor directly.
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  109. Shubham says:

    Can i take ashwagandha churna mixed in oatmeal and little honey ?

  110. Sukanya aggarwal says:

    I am taking ashwaganda wid milk at night to increase my height but my weight is gaining.. what to do

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Take just half a teaspoon of Ashwagandha with water, at night after food for 1 month.Exercise / jogging / Yoga for at least 30 minutes everyday.

      For personal health advice, please consult an Ayurveda doctor directly.
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  111. Shubham says:

    Sir..can i take brahma rasayana in morng and ashwagandha at night ?

  112. shubham says:

    i drink green tea 2 times a day..as it contains a little bit caffien….and ashwagandha calms the nerves… so can i take both … will there be any problem ? ..thnk u

  113. Hi sir
    I am 21 year old im addicted to masturbation but now im stop doing masturbation
    Now im doing body building for 1 year but i have lots of stressness in my body and i am very weak in anything work doing lazy ness
    I research on it ashwaghanda and shilajeet but some people told me ashwaghanda take only after ageof 25year

    Thanks sir
    Please reply me i want to know about it

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Ashwagandha can be taken by below 25 year people as well.
      Do not over dose. Take only 1 capsule per day for 2 months and then stop.

  114. Does it boosts testosterone level?

  115. Sameerkhan says:

    I am taking Aswagandha in milk but getting constipation stomach pain can u suggest how to take and get releif from this problem.

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Decrease the ashwagandha dose to half. Take 2 pinches (1 gram) of cumin powder along with milk.
      If problem persists, please consult a doctor.

      For personal health advice, please consult an Ayurveda doctor directly.
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  116. Abhijit mitra says:

    Sir i am taking 5mg olanzapine for schizopherinia. Can i take ashwagandha for stress relive. Can i take both medicine together. I am 21 yrs. Old boy

  117. Pranay Sinhal says:

    Ashwagandha roots (Withania Somnifera) are Mainly cultivated in Neemuch District of Madhya Pradesh, India.
    Neemuch is the Only Auction Centre and Market of Ashwagandha in India.
    Kuth Meetha – Nagori Ashwagandha is also Available with traders there.
    You can get many Qualities of Ashwagandha as per Rates from Neemuch, along with any other parts of ashwagandha Plant.

  118. amardeep maurya says:

    sir i want to gain weight . how mutch ashwagandha to add in milk please tell me please.

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Ashwagandha churna powder – 2 grams (half a teaspoon) with half a cup of warm milk at night, after food for 1 month can be useful. Available in amazon website here
      http://amzn.to/2yM1qFa

  119. I m 19 yr can ashwgandha increase my height my height is 5.6 and I prefer zym daily and 62 kg weight in me

  120. Jakeer says:

    Sir, I am suffering from thyroid, diabetic and sexual disorder, high gastric trouble, shall I take ashwaganda / shilajith, which is safe to me and cures me

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Ashwagandha capsule – 1 capsule 2 times a day after food for 1 month can be useful. Available in amazon website here
      http://amzn.to/2j9bxAs

      For personal health advice, please consult an Ayurveda doctor directly.
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  121. Sir can we take Ashwagandha tablet with soy milk instead of normal Milk??

  122. sir ashwgandha winter mai le skte hai kya?

  123. Sharmila says:

    I have recently been diagnosed tht I have sub clinical hypothyroidism
    Hvnt taken any medication
    Can only Ashwagandha help me?
    M also trying to convince.

  124. Nachiket says:

    Sir it causes a lot of sleeping to me.. and also make me little bit thin from before.. i tke less than a half teaspoon also.. plz help

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Shatavari capsule – 1 at night is a better substitute. Can be taken for 3 months time. It does not cause weight loss and has calming effect on mind, does not increase sleep. Available in amazon website here
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  125. Samreen says:

    Hello sir ,
    I want to increase my height but don’t want to gain weight. Then how to consume ashwagandha.
    Iam 16 years old

  126. Rishav Raj says:

    Sir. I am not suffering from the ankylosing spondylitis. I have a hla b27 positive. Ashwagandha churna ya capsule dono mein se kaun sa lena sahi rahega. Or kitne dino tak le sakte hai. Please help sir..

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Ashwagandha churna – 1 teaspoon at night, with milk or water, 1 maheena le sakte hai.

      For personal health advice, please consult an Ayurveda doctor directly.
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  127. santosh says:

    sir i m suffering from anxeity and gastric problem from past 6 six year now i m using allopathy medicine escitalopram oxalate 20 mg now doctor has reduce to 5mg i hv heard about aswagandha churna can i take this churna with that medicine and stop frequently the allopathic medicine and use this churna in future. i hv gastric nd constipation provlem doctors tell due to anxeity u r getting this problem

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      You can take half a teaspoon of Ashwagandha churna – mixed in half a cup of milk, at night after food for 1 month time.

      For personal health advice, please consult an Ayurveda doctor directly.
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  128. Mohit Srivastava says:

    Sir, if anybody is trying to get over his depression and anxiety then whether asvagandha would be useful or not and for how many days it must be taken if consumed at night.

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Ashwagandha capsule – 1 at night after food for 2 months time can be useful. Available in amazon website here
      http://amzn.to/2CHO1zg

      For personal health advice, please consult an Ayurveda doctor directly.
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  129. Good day Dr,
    I have bought some Aswagandha extract 125mg capsules to take for anxiety and I also have really bad cronic insomnia. Can you please tell me how much to take of this to see some improvement in my health, especially sleep. My doctor has prescribed Mirtazapine antidepressant for sleep which I am scared to take will Aswagandha.
    Please advise

    Thankyou for your time

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      1 capsule at night after food for 2 months can be useful.

      For personal health advice, please consult an Ayurveda doctor directly.
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  130. Raghvendra tripathi says:

    Hiiii Sir..you are a divine soul ,doing great work for humanity. I have gone through almost all of your articles and following on u tube also. .after reading some text on AYURVEDA and your articles as well ,I have thought of preparing a special rasayan for me .Can I take it at night before going to bed with plain water..??..AMALKI RASAYAN 100G…Ashwagandha churna100g..brahmi churna 35g ..yashtimadhu churna 35 g..haldi 10g..giloy sat 30g…is it advisable to take the above combminations?and what are the benefits ??how long can b taken??I am suffering from headache ,Anxiety.and neck pain an on homeopathic treatment ..can ayurveda and homeopathic treatment be taken together. .and plz let me know a good ayurvedic doctor near *malad*(Mumbai )

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      The combination is good. I would decrease Giloy Sat to 10 grams only.
      The combination is good to improve immunity, heart health and to keep fever and allergy away.
      Ayurvedic and homeopathic medicines can be taken together.

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