Although it is considered safe when taken for short periods of time, there are some possible ashwagandha side effects. Specifically, some people experience drowsiness, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Miscarriages are also possible for pregnant women. In addition, since one of the side effects of ashwagandha is irritation of the gastrointestinal system, it should not be used by people with ulcers or other gastrointestinal issues. People with autoimmune diseases and those undergoing surgery should avoid the remedy because of the way it may react with certain drugs as well.
Generally, ashwagandha side effects are negligible for most individuals. Some people may become drowsy, and depending the form and dosage, it may be difficult for some individuals to digest. As a result, they may complain of flatulence, nausea, and irritation to the gastrointestinal track.
Although ashwagandha is not believed to be addictive, it should only be used for short periods of time. Studies have been conducted on the toxicity of ashwagandha on rats that showed it was not toxic to rats, even after it was consumed daily for 180 days. Although ashwagandha is considered safe for laboratory rats, humans should be cautious since the side effects of ashwagandha for long-term use by humans have not been studied.
Pregnant women and women who are breastfeeding are advised against using ashwagandha. Using ashwagandha may result in a miscarriage. Since studies have not been conducted for breastfeeding mothers, they are encouraged to avoid using the remedy as well.
Typically, people with certain autoimmune diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and multiple sclerosis, should not use ashwagandha. Specifically, ashwagandha is thought to increase the immune system in the body. When the immune system becomes increasingly active, it may cause the symptoms of these diseases to increase, causing increased pain or discomfort.
One of the ashwagandha side effects is that it may interact with certain drugs. For example, it should not be used in conjunction with an immunosuppressant or sedative. An immunosuppressant works by decreasing the body’s immune system. Since ashwagandha causes the body’s immune system to become increasingly active, it may cause the immunosuppressant to be ineffective. In addition, a sedative causes drowsiness. If a sedative is taken in conjunction with ashwagandha, which also causes drowsiness, it may make the person overly tired.
As with any remedy, any ashwagandha side effects should be reported to a health professional or medical doctor. It is best to address any concerns or questions immediately. Until further studies are completed on human consumption, it is best to use this remedy with care.