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
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis 9 3
Fatigue 9 6
General health 7 9
Anxious mood 3 1
Stress 3 0
Chronic fatigue 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 17

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 capsule(s) daily 1
1 g daily 1
1 mg daily 1
1 tsp. daily 1
3 mg daily 1
475 mg daily 1
480 mg daily 1
578 mg daily 1
700 mg daily 1
1,200 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
Less than 1 month 1
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 2
2 - 5 years 4
5 - 10 years 3

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 10
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 3
Not at all hard to take 15
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 1
< $25 10
Not specified 7
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2 patient evaluations for Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera)

Jun 15, 2017 (Started May 01, 2017)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for fatigue)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (increased sex drive (libido))
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 200 capsule(s) Twice daily
Advice & Tips: With PD meds. Libido may get stronger than needed
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

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.

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