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Ashwagandha, or Withania somnifera, is an herb native to Asia and Africa. Also called �Indian ginseng,� it�s been used in traditional Indian Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years.

SOURCES:

African Journal of Traditional, Complimentary, and Alternative Medicine: “An Overview on Ashwagandha: A Rasayana (Rejuvenator) of Ayurveda.”

PLoS One: “Naturopathic care for anxiety: a randomized controlled trial,” “Triethylene glycol, an active component of Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) leaves, is responsible for sleep induction.”

Mayo Clinic: “Herbal supplements: What to know before you buy.”

Journal of Complementary and Integrative Medicine: “Effect of Withania somnifera (Ashwagandha) root extract on amelioration of oxidative stress and autoantibodies production in collagen-induced arthritic rats.”

Indian Journal of Medical Research: “Efficacy & safety evaluation of Ayurvedic treatment (Ashwagandha powder & Sidh Makardhwaj) in rheumatoid arthritis patients: a pilot prospective study.”

Journal of Alternative and Complimentary Medicine: “An Alternative Treatment for Anxiety: A Systematic Review of Human Trial Results Reported for the Ayurvedic Herb Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera).”

Andrologia: “Comparative evaluation of the effects of Withania somnifera with pentoxifylline on the sperm parameters in idiopathic male infertility: A triple-blind randomised clinical trial.”

Journal of Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: “Body Weight Management in Adults Under Chronic Stress Through Treatment With Ashwagandha Root Extract: A Double-Blind, Randomized, Placebo-Controlled Trial.”

The Cureus Journal of Medicine: “Adaptogenic and Anxiolytic Effects of Ashwagandha Root Extract in Healthy Adults: A Double-blind, Randomized, Placebo-controlled Clinical Study,” “Efficacy and Safety of Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) Root Extract in Insomnia and Anxiety: A Double-blind, Randomized, Placebo-controlled Study.”

FDA: “Questions and Answers on Dietary Supplements.”

International Journal of Ayurveda Research: “Effects of Withania somnifera (Ashwagandha) and Terminalia arjuna (Arjuna) on physical performance and cardiorespiratory endurance in healthy young adults.”

The University of Texas at El Paso: “Herbal safety.”

Reviewed by Kathleen M. Zelman on March 17, 2020

SOURCES:

African Journal of Traditional, Complimentary, and Alternative Medicine: “An Overview on Ashwagandha: A Rasayana (Rejuvenator) of Ayurveda.”

PLoS One: “Naturopathic care for anxiety: a randomized controlled trial,” “Triethylene glycol, an active component of Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) leaves, is responsible for sleep induction.”

Mayo Clinic: “Herbal supplements: What to know before you buy.”

Journal of Complementary and Integrative Medicine: “Effect of Withania somnifera (Ashwagandha) root extract on amelioration of oxidative stress and autoantibodies production in collagen-induced arthritic rats.”

Indian Journal of Medical Research: “Efficacy & safety evaluation of Ayurvedic treatment (Ashwagandha powder & Sidh Makardhwaj) in rheumatoid arthritis patients: a pilot prospective study.”

Journal of Alternative and Complimentary Medicine: “An Alternative Treatment for Anxiety: A Systematic Review of Human Trial Results Reported for the Ayurvedic Herb Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera).”

Andrologia: “Comparative evaluation of the effects of Withania somnifera with pentoxifylline on the sperm parameters in idiopathic male infertility: A triple-blind randomised clinical trial.”

Journal of Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: “Body Weight Management in Adults Under Chronic Stress Through Treatment With Ashwagandha Root Extract: A Double-Blind, Randomized, Placebo-Controlled Trial.”

The Cureus Journal of Medicine: “Adaptogenic and Anxiolytic Effects of Ashwagandha Root Extract in Healthy Adults: A Double-blind, Randomized, Placebo-controlled Clinical Study,” “Efficacy and Safety of Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) Root Extract in Insomnia and Anxiety: A Double-blind, Randomized, Placebo-controlled Study.”

FDA: “Questions and Answers on Dietary Supplements.”

International Journal of Ayurveda Research: “Effects of Withania somnifera (Ashwagandha) and Terminalia arjuna (Arjuna) on physical performance and cardiorespiratory endurance in healthy young adults.”

The University of Texas at El Paso: “Herbal safety.”

Reviewed by Kathleen M. Zelman on March 17, 2020

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