6 Side Effects of Ashwagandha You may Have
Ashwagandha (hindi name), it has many names in English like Indian ginseng, poison gooseberry, winter cherry and withania somnifera.
Ashwagandha is the name of a plant which is primarily found in India. It is one of the ancient plant of nightshade family that is being used for over thousands of years in India as an Ayurvedic medicine. Known for its remarkable use in many medicines, syrups, lotions and health drinks, Ashwagandha has also been recognized by the advanced medical science as the most beneficial herb on the planet.
That being said, Ashwagandha can treat a number of physical and mental ailments like stress, cancer, improper digestion, weak body, depression, body ache, hormonal imbalance etc. Almost all ayurvedic syrups and tablets are already containing extracts of Ashwagandha in it.
But in the past few years, recent studies have shown that it is not something anyone can use over any period of time, nor it is advisable with all bloodily disorders. Means, a clear line of safety precautions has been drawn by medical practitioners to keep the side effects away. Failing to do so can be harmful to one’s health.
Ashwagandha Side Effects
1) People with Stomach ulcers should avoid : People who already are facing stomach disorders like ulcers, loose motions are strictly prohibited from the use of ashwagandha. Moreover, if not avoided, it may worsen the situation and may affect the intestinal tract. Generally, it treats various ailments of the digestive system when taken properly but when taken in high doses by someone whose system is already weak could be bad.
2) Not to be coupled with other diabetic medications : If you are already going through a proper medication for diabetes, you must not use ashwagandha as it is found to be lowering the blood sugar levels.
3) May cause miscarriage : A little overdose of ashwagandha can also induce sudden miscarriage in pregnant women. Therefore, proper precautions has to be taken if the lady is pregnant. However, after 2-3 months of pregnancy it delivers very good benefits to the fetus.
4) Enhances Alcohol Effects : If you are on a daily dose of ashwagandha and you happen to take alcohol then you might get down a little late. In other words, it enhances the psychological impacts of alcohol on the human body and you may get high very soon. (Ref.1)
5) Bad with certain drugs : If you are going for a transplant surgery or any kind of major surgery, then you’re supposed to stop taking ashwagandha weeks before it. It is found to intensify the potency of sedation, immune suppressants and anxiety drugs. It would been better to improve the drug potency but one really can’t measure the full impact. (Ref.2)
6) Effects on Thyroid : Those women who have thyroid problems has to be more concerned with ashwagandha use. It is found to be causing a relatively infectious condition called as thyrotoxicosis by promoting the growth of thyroid hormones (Ref.3).
Well all of the above side effects can be prevented with proper dosage and consultation with your doctor. The right amount of dose in turn can be beneficial for you, whereas the wrong quantity can effect negatively.