Ashwaganda: Is It Safe To Use?

Ashwaganda: Is It Safe To Use?

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What is Ashwagandha?

Meet ashwagandha, your new wingman in the world of Ayurvedic medicine. This herbal supplement is also known as Indian ginseng or winter cherry (Withania somnifera for the botany buffs). This potent little plant hails from the sun-kissed lands of India and Southeast Asia.

Its roots typically steal the limelight in Ayurvedic medicine, but hey, the leaves and flowers also have their roles to play. Extracts of ashwagandha pack a hefty punch with as many as 35 different chemical components (1). The main star of the show hasn't been determined yet, but trust us when we say it's an herbal ensemble performance to remember.

Sexual Benefits of Ashwagandha

Let's talk about the spicy side of ashwagandha. This humble herb has been courting the limelight recently for its apparent sexual benefits. Some folks even swear by its aphrodisiac properties. But wait! There's more. This is an herb with many hats.

  • Reduced inflammation: Say adios to inflammation with ashwagandha's remarkable anti-inflammatory properties.

  • Pain relief: Bidding farewell to pain has never been so natural.

  • Energy boost: Need an afternoon pick-me-up? Ashwagandha might just be your cup of tea.

  • Improved sleep: Counting sheep is so last year. Hop aboard the ashwagandha express for a trip to dreamland.

  • Enhanced memory: Forgetful Frank? Not anymore! Ashwagandha can potentially sharpen those wits.

  • Blood sugar control: Sweet tooth got your blood sugar sky-rocketing? Ashwagandha's here to play regulator.

  • Stress reduction: Kissing stress goodbye has never been so simple.

The one and only ashwagandha truly seems like a magic bullet in the wellness world. But remember, even the brightest stars have their dark sides.

Danger and Side Effects of Ashwagandha

Alright, Brother, it's time to step out of the sun and into the shadow. Every rose has its thorns, and ashwagandha is no exception. Here are some potential pitfalls you need to keep an eye out for:

  • Liver damage: Recent studies have found permanent and lasting liver complications as a result of using Ashwaganda (2).

  • Hyperthyroidism: Surprise! This magical herb can potentially send your thyroid into overdrive, leading to hyperthyroidism. This cause trigger wait gain, wait loss, and affect the chemical balance for your mental health. Your body, your rules, but keep an eye on that thyroid activity. (3)

  • Long-lasting Erectile Dysfunction: We're not kidding. It's commonly used as treatment for sexual wellness, but we've found reports from real life users that claim the opposite. Just read about this on Reddit here. Despite its touted sexual benefits, ashwagandha might lead to the problem it's supposed to solve including persistent low libido! 

  • Gastrointestinal issues: Got guts? Well, they might not be so happy with excessive ashwagandha. Digestive issues have been reported, so tread carefully.

  • Allergic reactions: Just like that friend who always brings uninvited plus-ones to parties, ashwagandha might trigger unwanted reactions. Allergies, anyone?

  • Interactions with medications: Are you on long term medications? Then be cautious! Ashwagandha may not play well with some meds, especially for diabetes, high blood pressure, and anxiety.

So, there you have it. Herbal remedies like ashwagandha have a dark side. This may be part of the reason why many men claim that Ashwaganda's sexual revival effects are not lasting or persistent. At Stamen, we chose to leave this ingredient out of our products because the dangerous risks associated with this herb are not worth the short term benefits. We believe in only providing safe, functional holistic products for men. Learn more about our supplement here. Always remember to consult with a healthcare professional before taking herbal supplements. Brother, we hope this article has given you another valuable insight into your conscious journey to health and sexual wellness.



1. Young, James. Ashwaganda Dangers. Livestrong [Article]

2. Lubarska M, Hałasiński P, Hryhorowicz S, Mahadea DS, Łykowska-Szuber L, Eder P, Dobrowolska A, Krela-Kaźmierczak I. Liver Dangers of Herbal Products: A Case Report of Ashwagandha-Induced Liver Injury. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2023 [PubMed]
3. Kamal HI, Patel K, Brdak A, Heffernan J, Ahmad N. Ashwagandha as a Unique Cause of Thyrotoxicosis Presenting With Supraventricular Tachycardia. Cureus. 2022 Mar 25 [PubMed]
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