7 Amazing Benefits of Ashwagandha Root for Women

by Dr. Edward Group DC, NP, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM Published on , Last Updated on
A woman in deep thoughts. Ashwagandha root produces many benefits for women such as graceful aging, energy, and sexual health.

Ashwagandha, also known as Indian ginseng, is an Ayurvedic herb commonly used in traditional Indian medicine. Investigations into the herb’s powerful effects on the body have sparked an explosion of interest, and research has reported exciting potential for human health, specifically its effects on mental, physical, and emotional health.

Benefits of Ashwagandha Root

Ashwagandha may enhance energy, support aging, and stimulate sex drive. Here are 7 benefits women may experience with ashwagandha.

1. Promotes Graceful Aging

Stress, both metabolic and emotional, dramatically affects aging. Cortisol, the body’s stress hormone, contributes to muscle loss and weakness, wrinkles, and cognitive impairment. Research has found that ashwagandha improves resistance to stress, possibly decreasing cortisol production. [1] One study of 64 individuals observed a reduction in stress and a significant decrease in cortisol levels in individuals taking ashwagandha compared with placebo.

2. Menopausal Support

Ashwagandha acts on the endocrine system by encouraging hormone balance. A study involving 51 menopausal women supplementing with ashwagandha noted a significant reduction in symptoms such as hot flashes, anxiety, and mood. [2]

3. Sexual Potency

The Kama Sutra, one of the oldest surviving texts on human sexuality, mentions ashwagandha in its literature as a potent sexual stimulant. Research indicates that the herb supports sexual health and vitality by increasing blood flow and reducing bodily tension. Women taking ashwagandha typically experience an increase in sexual desire and satisfaction.

4. Memory Support

Recent research has shown that ashwagandha reduces memory impairment in animal models. The herb may also protect the brain from the oxidative stress that leads to neurodegeneration. Relaxation, a benefit derived from the herb’s stress-fighting effects, also improves long-term visual memory. [3] [4]

5. Revitalization

Another benefit many women report after taking this herb is in regards to energy levels. This anecdotal evidence is supported by scientific investigation; a recent study reported ashwagandha’s benefits for improving energy while reducing stress-related disorders. [5]

6. Mood Booster

Ashwagandha is a known mood-boosting herb, and research suggests that the therapeutic plant may play a potential role in fighting mood imbalance. [6] Women battling mood swings may benefit from supplementing with ashwaghanda.

7. Fertility

Stress, illness, hormone imbalance, and nutrient deficiencies — all of these issues threaten female reproductive health and make it difficult for a woman to conceive. Research shows that ashwagandha supports thyroid function, an organ responsible for regulating hormones. [7] Also, by decreasing stress, ashwagandha may encourage a situation that is optimal for fertility. [8] More research is needed to clarify whether or not ashwagandha is effective for helping infertile females struggling to conceive.

Using Ashwagandha Root

Ashwagandha can be found in liquid and capsule form, sometimes with other herbs designed to promote female health. Always look for an organic supplement that comes from a trusted, high-quality source. I recommend Female Fuzion®, a blend of Ashwagandha root and other herbs, designed to help regulate the proper hormone balance to support normal energy levels, superior vitality, and a balanced mood.

What have your experiences been with ashwagandha supplementation? Let us know in the comments!

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  1. Chandrasekhar K1, Kapoor J, Anishetty S. A prospective, randomized double-blind, placebo-controlled study of safety and efficacy of a high-concentration full-spectrum extract of ashwagandha root in reducing stress and anxiety in adults. Indian J Psychol Med. 2012 Jul;34(3):255-62. doi: 10.4103/0253-7176.106022.
  2. Modi MB1, Donga SB, Dei L. Clinical evaluation of Ashokarishta, Ashwagandha Churna and Praval Pishti in the management of menopausal syndrome. Ayu. 2012 Oct;33(4):511-6. doi: 10.4103/0974-8520.110529.
  3. R Archana, A Namasigayam. Antistressor effect of Withania somnifera. Journal of Ethnopharmacology. Volume 64, Issue 1, 1 January 1998, Pages 91-93.
  4. Nava E, Landau D, Brody S, Linder L, Schächinger H. Mental relaxation improves long-term incidental visual memory. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory. 2004 May;81(3):167-71.
  5. Narendra Singh, Mohit Bhalla, [...], and Marilena Gilca. An Overview on Ashwagandha: A Rasayana (Rejuvenator) of Ayurveda. African Journal of Traditional, Complementary, and Alternative Medicines. 2011; 8(5 Suppl): 208-213.
  6. Bhattacharya SK, Bhattacharya A, Sairam K, Ghosal S. Anxiolytic-antidepressant activity of Withania somnifera glycowithanolides: an experimental study. Phytomedicine. 2000 December;7(6):463-9.
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  8. Wasser SK, Sewall G, Soules MR. Psychosocial stress as a cause of infertility. Fertility and Sterility. 1993 March;59(3):685-9.

†Results may vary. Information and statements made are for education purposes and are not intended to replace the advice of your doctor. Global Healing Center does not dispense medical advice, prescribe, or diagnose illness. The views and nutritional advice expressed by Global Healing Center are not intended to be a substitute for conventional medical service. If you have a severe medical condition or health concern, see your physician.

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  • Yuliya Sherstyuk

    I take Ashwagandha regularly and I’m very glad I found it. I used to have very high cortisol and the worst adrenal exhaustion due to stress and calorie restriction. It got so bad that I could literally skip 1 meal and be in severe pain from my adrenals, forget trying a juice fast or anything like that. Over the course of a year or so (while also removing stressful things/people) that is completely gone.

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  • Barbara Kerr

    How much ashwagandha root do you recommend taking each day and when? If it increases energy I’m thinking morning and/or noonish.

  • We’ve included it as part of the formula for Female Fuzion:

    http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/female-fuzion.html#instructions

    Twice a day, like you mention, would be correct.

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  • Amber

    I just have a quick question, I started taking this for anxiety. Should I take it twice a day? My anxiety is constant so I need to make it a part of my daily regimen. Also, will my body get used to this over time? And how long does this take to kick in?

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  • Jennifer

    I recently started taking this with warm milk (Golden Cocoa Milk recipe that I found online). I definitely felt relaxed and was able to fall asleep easily. I took it before going to bed but unfortunately my 2 year old woke me up as I was drifting into sleep. I was able to handle my toddler’s tantrums better the next day. I’m going to try to take in the morning too.

  • Jennifer

    The effects kicked it almost within an hour or so for me. How are you doing?

  • Lucy

    My husband and I are struggling to conceive I was told ashwagandha would help. I have a low egg reserve, along with stress for trying for so long. Any advice would be much appreciated.

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  • Archie M.

    Question. My daughter is a young athlete, high level for her age. She’s 11 years & 5 months old right now. Is it safe for her to take the Ashwagandha Organic Root Powder? No side effects? Thank you.

  • DoubtingThomas

    For what purpose? At that age, unless a medical expert has given reason to believe she needs something and the proper instructions for the what and how, she probably should be supplement-free.

  • Archie M.

    As I mentioned, though my daughter is still 11-years old, she’s an elite level athlete in her age-group. So in terms of physical conditioning, she’s in tip-top shape. She trains 6 days-a-week, 3-hours-per-day on 4 days and 5-hours-per-day on 2 days (2 training sessions-per-day on those 2 days). She competes in national & international meets.

    However, we believe that she would benefit from some additional weight which would translate to a little more strength. From what I’ve read, Ashwagandha can help her additional weight, mass and strength, right?

    Some of her teammates–1-1/2 or 2 or 3 years older–already use Whey protein drink as their post-workout supplement.

  • DoubtingThomas

    She’s 11. I would let her grow normally.

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  • Cristie Caldwell

    What form or brand are you taking/recommend?

  • Emily

    I would recommend either Organic India or Gaia brands as they both are extremely reputable brands that test for potency and do not add anything else.

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    I have a question, I’m on hormone replacement therapy, can I still use ashwaganda root?

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  • Theresa Turner

    I was diagnosed with an underactive thyroid and have suffered from extreme sleep disorder and also not being able to function with normal every day activities. Feeling extremely cold and no energy. Since Iv been taking Ashwagandah I have had endless energy and my mind is very clear it has been a miracle for me!

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    I have been using ashwagandha for only 2 weeks. I have noticed such relief. I was suffering with shortness of breath tightness in throat and fast weight gain around mid section. Since taking this I have noticed more energy and an overall peaceful feeling.

  • Linda Smith

    What if I am taking antidepressants already? Is it safe to take ashwagandha as well?


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