Ashwagandha / Indian Winter Cherry / Indian Ginseng

Withania somnifera



Medicinal Use:

Adaptogen

Stress (must be taken long term, effects are felt over 60 days +)

Anxiety

Brain

General well-being

Aging

Sleep

Mental alertness

Cancer tumors

Blood sugar

Metabolic side effects caused by antipsychotic drugs

Bipolar disorder (take for 8 weeks +)

Chemotherapy tiredness

Diabetes (Blood sugar)

High Cholesterol

Liver problems

Under active Thyroid (hypothyroidism)

Male infertility

OCD

ADHD

Osteoarthritis

Immune system

Fibro

Anti-aging

TB

Contraindications:

Pregnancy/breastfeeding

Low Blood Pressure

Stomach Ulcers

Auto immune diseases – SLE, RA, Lupus etc.

May increase thyroid hormone, avoid if over active thyroid or on thyroid meds

Warning: Safe for 3 months.  Low dose for long term use

Diabetes – monitor blood sugar levels

Stop intake at least 2 weeks prior to surgery

HBP medications – monitor blood pressure

Interactions:

Immunosuppressants – including Imuran, Simulect, Neoral, Sandimmune, Zenapax, OKT3, Orthoclone OKT3, CellCept, FK506, Prograf, Rapamune, prednisone Deltasone, Orasone, corticosteroids (glucocorticoids), and others.

Sedatives – Lorazopam/Ativan, Valium, Zolpidem/Ambien, etc

Thyroid hormone pills


Female Ginseng / Angelica Root / Dong Quai

Panax Ginseng

Peruvian Ginseng / Maca Root


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