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Why do people take ashwagandha?

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There's some early evidence that ashwagandha affects the immune system and helps reduce swelling., but the practical benefits and risks for people aren't clear yet.

One study found that a compound containing ashwagandha helped with osteoarthritis symptoms. Ashwagandha also might help lower blood sugar in people with type 2 diabetes and lower high cholesterol. Since ashwagandha has sedative effects, it could help ease anxiety and stress.

From: Ashwagandha WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Fundukian, L. ed. , third edition, 2009. The Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center web site: “About Herbs: Ashwagandha.”

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database web site: “Ashwagandha.”

Natural Standard Patient Monograph: “Ashwagandha.”

Kulkarni S. July 2008; vol 32: pp 1093-1105. Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology and Biological Psychiatry,

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on November 13, 2018

SOURCES:

Fundukian, L. ed. , third edition, 2009. The Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center web site: “About Herbs: Ashwagandha.”

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database web site: “Ashwagandha.”

Natural Standard Patient Monograph: “Ashwagandha.”

Kulkarni S. July 2008; vol 32: pp 1093-1105. Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology and Biological Psychiatry,

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on November 13, 2018

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