We are advising it to be taken two or three times a day and there had been no person who is coming back and complaining about ashwagandha side effects like drowsiness.
If some person finds drowsiness after its use, it would be better to take about 3 to 5 gm. of WS only in the evening.
In India, ayurvedic practitioners are using this herb in all age groups and in male and female with good results. There is no problem of using it in children. No thorough clinical research is backing this use and we are not having any ashwagandha side effects.
Duration of Use:
Under normal therapeutic dosage Ashwagandha side effects are not present if it is used more than 180 days. However it is a good practice to give a break of few days, say one week, after six weeks of its use.
There are no dietary restrictions with its use. In Ayurvedic medicine, there is general recommendation about using moderate quantities of spices, chilies and sour items.
What People Have Felt After Use:
Usually people feel some sort of refreshing energy, some warmth after using this herb. It is never hot or stimulating in action. It's benefits build up over a period of few weeks.
Ashwagandha Side Effects:
WS is well tolerated and without any significant side effects. No significant drug interactions have been found.
Some persons have complained of slight drowsiness after using it while with majority of persons there had been no trouble at all. The persons who might have felt some drowsiness can try it after meals and even if the complaint persists, he can take it in the evening.
The crude powder of WS is slightly hard to digest and it can cause some heaviness in abdomen and flatulence especially in those persons who have weak digestion.
Evaluation of Subacute Toxicity:
In a research published in Ind. Journal Of Physiologic Pharmacology, April 98, researchers assessed the subacute toxicity of Ginseng and Ashwagandha in rats.
This study went on for 90 days and there were no toxicity in these herbs individually. There was significant increase in body weight, food consumption and liver weight, and improved hematopoiesis was observed. Brain, heart, lung, liver, spleen, kidneys, stomach, testis and ovaries were normal on gross examination and histopathologically. Subacute toxicity studies in rats did not reveal any toxicity.
Aphale AA, Chhibba AD, Kumbhakarna NR, Mateenuddin M, Dahat SH.
Department of Pharmacology, Government Medical College, Aurangabad.
Another study published in Journal Of Ethnopharmacology, April 2000, mentioned that Ashwagandha possesses no toxicity up to a dose of (100 mg/kg; orally for 180 days) and does not cause significant changes in biochemical parameters in the blood serum of rats.
Pharmacology and Toxicology Section, Research Centre, Hindustan Antibiotics Limited, Pimpri, Pune, India.
WS is not found addictive in any way. So it is safe even when one is using it for long times over a period of months.