Ashwagandha may be used to treat insomnia, anxiety, arthritis, tumors and tuberculosis, according to WebMD. It may also be effective against chronic liver disease, menstrual problems, backache, bronchitis, leukoderma and fibromyalgia. It contains chemicals that might calm the brain, reduce inflammation, alter the immune system and lower blood pressure.
Ashwagandha may be useful in treating osteoarthritis because it may protect cartilage from damage and inflammation, according to About.com. Studies suggest that ashwagandha may be effective for treating anxiety and depression, as of 2015. Because ashwagandha may improve insulin sensitivity and regulate blood sugar levels, it is often used to treat type 2 diabetes. Studies suggest that ashwagandha may also slow cancer cell growth in the lungs, breasts and colon.
Ashwagandha is often used to boost the immune system following an illness, according to About.com. It may also increase energy, while also reducing stress levels. Ashwagandha may be utilized to increase sexual arousal and treat fertility problems, according to WebMD.
Research on ashwagandha is still ongoing, as of 2015. It is considered to be safe, but pregnant women should avoid it because it could potentially induce abortion. Ashwagandha may also increase the potency of barbiturate drugs. Because ashwagandha is often combined with other substances in unregulated dietary supplements, it is important to carefully research any capsules, powders or tinctures containing other ingredients besides ashwagandha, according to About.com.