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What is it

The ashwagandha plant is a small shrub with yellow flowers that’s native to India and Southeast Asia. Extracts or powerder made from the roots, leaves and berries are used to treat a variety of conditions. “Ashwagandha” is the Sanskrit word for “smell of the horse,” which refers to both the herb’s scent and its potential ability to increase strength. It's also know by its botanical name is "Withania somnifera", and by several other names, including “Indian ginseng” and “winter cherry.

How does it help

Anxiety Cortisol levels rise with stress and can exacerbate the impact of a range of menopause symptoms.

Sleep. Ashwagandha, as an adoptogen, can help manage levels of cortisol (stress hormone).Higher levels of cortisol impacts the production of melatonin which you need for high quality sleep. Ashwagandha, as an adoptogen, can help manage levels of cortisol (stress hormone).


There is no known interaction with other supplements and medicine.

Side effects

Ashwagandha is likely safe when used for up to 3 months, however more research is need to determine the long-term safety of Ashwagandha.

There is some evidence that Ashwagandha (in high quantities) may cause miscarriages.

Scientific Evidence

What else you should know

Ashwagandha has a history of use going back more than 3,000 years and is one of the most important hebrs in Ayurveda which is a traditional form of alternative medicine based on Indian principles of natural healing.


What are supplements

“Supplements” is an umbrella term encompassing vitamins, minerals, and botanicals that support our body’s functions


Salve J, Pate S, Debnath K, Langade D. Adaptogenic and Anxiolytic Effects of Ashwagandha Root Extract in Healthy Adults: A Double-blind, Randomized, Placebo-controlled Clinical Study. Cureus. 2019 Dec 25;11(12):e6466. doi: 10.7759/cureus.6466. PMID: 32021735; PMCID: PMC6979308.

Kelgane SB, Salve J, Sampara P, Debnath K. Efficacy and Tolerability of Ashwagandha Root Extract in the Elderly for Improvement of General Well-being and Sleep: A Prospective, Randomized, Double-blind, Placebo-controlled Study. Cureus. 2020 Feb 23;12(2):e7083. doi: 10.7759/cureus.7083. PMID: 32226684; PMCID: PMC7096075.

Written & Reviewed By
Women Like Me Team
Women Like Me Team
Dr BalKrishna Subedi
Dr BalKrishna Subedi
Last Updated
September 20, 2022 4:51 PM