Withania somnifera

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Withania (Withania somnifera) is known as the "promotor of learning and memory retrieval" and has also been used for inflammations, psoriasis, asthma, rheumatic pains, wasting, senile debility, and to promote conception. To explore the characteristics, medicinal uses and prescribing considerations of this herb in more detail, check out the reference indicated.[1]

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Characteristics

Uses

Historical Uses:

Withania has been used in Ayurveda and Unani as an aphrodisiac, tonic, depurative, Antihelmintic, and an emmenagogue. The herb is known as the "promotor of learning and memory retrieval" and has also been used for inflammations, psoriasis, asthma, rheumatic pains, wasting, senile debility, and to promote conception.

Medicinal Uses:

  • To Increase Vitality
  • overactive but debilitated people, fatigue, Adrenal Fatigue, emaciation, nervous exhaustion, stress (especially long-term), impotence due to devitalization, old age, graying of hair, anemia
  • ulcers and scabies, poor healing

Prescribing Considerations

The information provided is intended to augment the treatment from a naturopathic doctor or other trained medical professional. Although most herbs are generally safe, it is recommended that you avoid self-prescribing especially when there is an underlying ongoing medical condition, if you are on any prescription medications or if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Formulations and Preparation

Safety

The safety and prescribing considerations for this herb include:[2] [3]

  • Generally regarded as safe.
  • Side-effects are generally not seen.
  • Contraindicated in pregnancy (emmenagogue, abortifacient), but considered a non-toxic herb.
  • Drug-Herb Interactions.[1]
  • Barbiturates - Potentiates (speculative)
  • Benzodiazepine and Opiate Withdrawal - Used as an adjuvant (empirical)

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Godfrey Anthony, Saunders Paul, Barlow Kerry, Gowan Matt (2011) Principles and Practices of Naturopathic Botanical Medicine, Advanced Botanical Medicine. V3 CCNM Press, Toronto.
  2. Stargrove Mitchell Bebell, Treasure Jonathan, McKee Dwight L (2008) Herb, Nutrient and Drug Interactions: Clinical Implications and Therapeutic Strategies.
  3. Brinker Francis (1997) Herbal Contraindications and Drug Interactions: Plus Herbal Adjuncts With Medicines, 4th Edition Eclectic Medical Publications.
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