Ashwagandha, Withania somnifera, is an Ayurvedic herbal extract used to help support stress in the body and build reserves and stamina for long-term health.

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Ashwagandha,Withaniasomnifera, isaherb that is native to Asia and Africa. Also called “Indian ginseng,” it’s been used in traditional Indian Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years, to support comfort and inflammatory pathways in the body, support sleep patterns, encourage nutrition, and offer as an adaptogen for physical and mental stress.


Ashwagandha is perhaps best known for its ability to reduce stress levels in the body. It’s classified as an adaptogenic herb, a substance that helps the body cope with stress. Ashwagandha appears to help control mediators of stress, to support and balance long-term health. Due to its active ingredient called ‘Withanolides,’ Ashwagandha helps the body cope with daily stress, as a natural tonic and for improving thought processes.

Ashwagandha works on the hormonal endocrine system in women, to help balance menstrual flow, support and reduce cortisol levels, boost blood circulation, offering support during the change of life (menopause). One study conducted in 2012 found that women who took Ashwagandha supplements experienced relief from menopausal symptoms like hot flushes, sleeping concerns and inflammation issues.

Ashwagandha may potentially cause these side effects, drowsiness, stomach ache, prescription medication contraindications, exacerbate inflammatory conditions and cause changes in body temperature.

Ashwagandha has anabolic effects, which can lead to weight gain where it is needed. Both animal and human studies have shown significant improvements in weight gain during the growth phase with the use of Withania. Research shows that Withania increases testosterone levels, which encourages muscle building.