What is Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera)?

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Ashwagandha (withania somnifera) is widely used in Ayurveda, an Indian system of holistic medicine. The root is primarily recognized for its adaptogenic properties. An adaptogen is a physiological agent with the ability to naturally increase the body’s resistance to emotional and physical stresses.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Fatigue 9 6
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis 8 3
General health 7 9
Anxious mood 2 1
Chronic fatigue 2 1
Fibromyalgia 2 1

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe
0
Moderate
1
Mild
0
None
19

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera)

Side effect Patients
Headaches 1
Increased sex drive (libido) 1

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera)

Dosage Patients
1,200 mg daily 2
1 capsule(s) daily 1
1 mg daily 1
1 tsp. daily 1
1 capsule(s) twice daily 1
2 capsule(s) daily 1
3 mg daily 1
578 mg daily 1
700 mg daily 1
900 mg daily 1

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Why patients stopped taking Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera)

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 7
Other 5
Side effects too severe 3
Personal research 2
Course of treatment ended 1
Expense 1
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Duration

Currently taking Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera)

Duration Patients
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 3
2 - 5 years 5
5 - 10 years 4

Stopped taking Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera)

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 6
6 months - 1 year 5
1 - 2 years 1
2 - 5 years 2
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 12
Usually 5
Sometimes 2
Never taken as prescribed 1
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 0
A little hard to take 6
Not at all hard to take 14
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 1
$50-99 0
$25-49 3
< $25 10
Not specified 6
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2 patient evaluations for Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera)

Jun 21, 2012 (Started May 31, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 4 g Daily
Advice & Tips: I'm taking it along with normast. It is sometime after taking ashwaganda that I was able to say a few words aloud the first times.

  • 0 helpful marks

Feb 15, 2012 (Started Aug 01, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for Parkinson's disease)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 2 other Daily
Cost: $25-49 monthly

Jul 18, 2010 (Started Aug 01, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for Parkinson's disease)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 2 other Daily
Advice & Tips: Can't give dose as it is part of a tinture tonic blended by the Centre for Natural Healing (CNH) in Ashland OR. It is also a component of a CNH proprietary product "Immucare II".
Cost: $25-49 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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