Ashwagandha: Herbal Remedy with Dangerous Repercussions

By Samantha Gilbert, FNC, CHNP, CNC     Last updated on October 26th, 2022

Ashwagandha: Herbal Remedy with Dangerous Repercussions

Ashwagandha is a powerful herb. In this week’s post, I share the hidden dangers of this adaptogenic herb.

What is Ashwagandha?

Ashwagandha, also known as winter cherry, is a powerful herb in Ayurvedic medicine. The herb grows in India, the Middle East, and northern Africa, and like tomatoes and peppers, is a nightshade. Nightshades can cause joint issues or flare up autoimmune symptoms in some individuals. Due to its increasing popularity in the west, it is now also being grown in North America.

Ashwagandha proponents claim this herb can be used to alleviate stress, fatigue, low energy, improve problems with learning and concentration, reduce anxiety, stabilize brain-cell degeneration, lower cholesterol, and reduce inflammation. This popular herb is also being touted as a fantastic immune booster and superfood.

Many people, however, experience negative reactions to ashwagandha. Like all herbs, ashwagandha cannot be recommended without a thorough understanding of how it will react in unique individuals with specific conditions and in specific circumstances.

Side Effects of Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha is often called “Indian ginseng” because it can be energizing, but botanically speaking, ginseng and Ashwagandha are completely unrelated. I urge you to be careful about buying into any “one size fits all” marketing claims.

Ashwagandha can do a lot of damage to people with abnormal methylation issues and copper toxicity. The overall long-term safety of ashwagandha is also unknown.

Here are some common negative reactions to ashwagandha:

1. Gastrointestinal Issues

Common gastrointestinal side effects of ashwagandha are diarrhea and nausea. Excessive ashwagandha intake can irritate the gastrointestinal tract and can exacerbate a pre-exisiting gut infection.

2. Increased Fatigue

Ashwagandha is touted as a wonderful remedy for adrenal fatigue (or more accurately put, hypothalamic-adrenal-pituitary axis dysfunction (HPA-D). In my clinic, though, I’ve noticed that adrenal fatigue is a secondary concern compared to copper toxicity, undermethylation, pyrrole disorder, zinc deficiency, and systemic oxidative stress. By not addressing the underlying disorder first, ashwagandha can actually intensify any pre-existing symptoms of fatigue.

The first question one should ask is “what’s causing my adrenal fatigue to begin with?“ The answer might be related to a gut infection such as SIBO or yeast overgrowth, or any of the imbalances I mention above.

Excess copper, elevated kryptopyrroles, and undermethylation are classic underlying causes of chronic fatigue and oxidative stress. Copper is especially insidious. It causes an increase in norepinephrine while lowering dopamine, which puts stress on the adrenal glands, thus impairing hormone activity and increasing fatigue.

3. Depression

Part of the hype around ashwagandha involves its supposed mood-elevating properties, yet ashwagandha may actually contribute to depression. Its Ayurvedic properties include building, stabilizing, and the lowering of “qi” so anyone who already experiences low energy, lack of motivation, mental fog, or occasional depressive states should be wary.

Ashwagandha can also cause blood sugar levels to drop rapidly. Low blood sugar results in physical weakness, mental dullness, and confusion, which are all symptoms known to increase the likelihood of depression.

4. Insomnia

Because it’s been known to elevate heart rate, ashwagandha can increase insomniac tendencies. Additional side effects of ashwagandha are headaches and gastrointestinal distress, which can also prevent restful sleep.

5. Anxiety

The Ayurvedic energy of ashwagandha is “heating,” meaning it tends to increase inflammation as well as “hot” emotions such as irritation and frustration — both of which contribute to anxiety.

As mentioned above, ashwagandha can cause a rapid drop in blood sugar levels, and low blood sugar symptoms can both mirror and increase the intensity of anxiety. An increased heart rate, racing mind, shakiness, irritability, and panic are all symptoms that can intensify due to low blood sugar.

6. Disruption of Hormones

Proponents of ashwagandha don’t understand the connection between copper overload, methylation cycles, and adrenal fatigue, and ashwagandha’s role in hormonal disruption.

Hormone production requires a feedback mechanism, which is why we look at the methylation cycle instead of simply measuring hormone levels. If the methylation cycle is imbalanced, resulting disorders can disrupt the hormones, neurotransmitters, and feedback mechanisms that drive hormone production — especially those produced by the adrenal glands.

Hormone therapy, glandulars (such as desiccated glandular supplements), and/or herbal remedies may be problematic for you and may create adverse symptoms that can impair your progress and increase adrenal issues, especially if you have a methylation disorder, copper toxicity, and/or a gut infection.

This is because most adrenal supplements contain copper-carrying and stimulatory ingredients (such as organs and glands, and adaptogenic herbs) that can be detrimental and lead to adverse reactions. This is why I always test copper and methylation along with hormone testing that includes cortisol patterns and sex hormone cycling.

Have You Had a Bad Reaction to Ashwagandha?

If you’ve had a negative experience with ashwagandha, I’d love to hear your story in the comments below. If taking this herb made you feel worse instead of better, please know that you are not alone. To date, no studies have been done to verify the adverse events associated with ashwagandha, especially in individuals with copper toxicity, methylation imbalances, and gut infections. This article is the result of clinical study and application with this powerful adaptogenic herb.

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617 thoughts on “Ashwagandha: Herbal Remedy with Dangerous Repercussions”

  1. I started taking 450mg of ashwagandha a week ago. I am sleeping really well. This morning I feel extremely anxious and irritated by everything. This is not me. Even my sweet kitty was making me mad this morning.
    My morning cortisol levels are high and we were looking for a natural way to lower that. I am stopping the ashwagandha, hopefully it won’t take too long to get out of my system. I don’t live ke me right now.

  2. I am currently experiencing the effects of copper overload and disruption in methylation cycle. I was taking Ashwagandha when I had low zinc levels and I believe this to be responsible. Do you know how I should go about curing this?

  3. I have taken Ashwaganda a few times. It makes me violently sick and get extreme diarrhea.

    It’s almost like my body is poisened by it and has to get it all out of system.

    Horrible experience

  4. Hi, thanks for sharing such helpful content. I am facing exactly what you have mentioned here. People says ashwagandha helps them to sleep but I am having the opposite effects of it. When I take this it keeps me awake and next day I get headache and even migraine. What is this? I am not getting any benefits from ashwagandha so why we see so many promotions of this product? Not helped me to sleep at all.

  5. I took an ashwagandha gummy two nights ago. That night I couldn’t fall asleep and felt sad. In the morning I sat up to turn off my alarm and felt the room spinning. My stomach felt nauseous and my head was hurting. During the weekend I had to work on a project and kept feeling more frustrated than I have ever before. During the day I felt off and dizzy, not like myself. Day 2 and I’m still feeling the dizziness when I move too quickly. Will NOT be taking this stuff ever again, wish I had come across these comments before taking it.

  6. Just an update to other Ashwagandha victims .
    Day five with none Ashwagandha this poison almost out of my system , I can honestly say day five of taking this I was a total awful person with like I’d suddenly had a big personality change, being really negative , my poor partner suffered with my moods as he was being so caring understanding and patient about what I was going through , these side effects .
    Had depression, body aches pains itching and tingling head to toe , palpitations, weakness and fatigue.
    But today I feel so alive happy go lucky and enjoying being out and about with my lovely other half .
    Back to normal 🤗

  7. I had been taking Ashwagandha for probably a year or more for mainly as an anti stressor, and boosting testosterone during my workouts. I’d take one pill in the morning, one at night. I did notice it helped me to sleep, but also made me feel tired, and fatigued during the day at work. So I slacked off it taking just one a day. Then the other night when my girlfriend slept over, I took an Ashwagandha pill, and also a maca supplement pill for increasing sexual stamina. After vigorous sex for 30-60 minutes, and when I finally had an orgasm, I got this throbbing headache on my whole right side of my head. I had to take 3 Tylenol’s before I finally fell asleep, then had to take two more the following morning before and during work before I didn’t feel any lingering head pains. Now I’d also had been working a lot of hours at work with not much sleep at nights too. So all these things could’ve contributed to the headache, but I’ve since quit taking the Ashwangandha and have found that I have been getting better sleep and more energy during waking. I don’t need it anymore, just more rest.

  8. Does anybody know how long it takes for this nasty plant leave your system ?
    Taken it for 3 weeks which was in a tonic
    I feel detached and I can’t tolerate the things I could before this, I’ve definitely stopped the tonic.

    1. It depends, I think, and according to my personal experience (I felt exactly like you), that what you are describing, is called depersonalization and derealization. Check this out
      And don’t worry it won’t last as soon as you understand that it’s only psychological you will feel back to your normal self. This plant doesn’t suit everybody I’ve learned my lesson from now on I will always ask my doctor before taking any supplement…

  9. I started Rheal Balance Tonic on
    From week one and up until today I felt weird ,angry , and depressed all of a sudden.
    This tonic contains Ashwagandha as a main ingredient,
    after reading some side effects to this plant
    I’m hesitant to wether I should carry on .

    Thank you

    1. Has anyone felt a prickly also tingling feeling
      all over after stopping Ashwagandha?
      I stoped taking it because it made me feel weird , with muscle aches dry nose and throat , depressed and anxious and also was making me dislike the people around me

    2. Everytime ( took it one by choice and once by accident from Not reading labels properly)I take ashwagunda or something with it in, it’s like my body just rejects it I have constant diarrhea and vomiting for about 12 hours
      My skin also reddens and feels almost sunburt.

  10. I took Ashwagandha fairly consistently for a few months. I have never felt so detached from myself. I felt so little emotion. I decided to quit when my partners face no longer envoked any emotion at all. Don’t take Ashwagandha if you have relationships you care about.

  11. I’ve been taking the herb for three days and I feel nausea, tired and my sleep od worse. Is it because I have to get used to it? I decided to lower the dose and walut a other few days.

  12. Took a couple of Ashwagandha capsules yesterday morning and started feeling a bit odd in my head later, headachey, a bit nauseous all day then last night I started cramping and spent the whole evening running to the toilet with explosive and very watery diarrhea. Managed to finally get to sleep, woke up this morning and straight back onto the toilet for another explosive session of “rusty water” like poop. I remembered feeling off the last time I took this product, but now that I’ve connected the dots, I will not be taking this ever again. It does nothing it claims to do, instead it makes you feel worse.

  13. Ashwaganda almost killed me as well – twice! I took one extra strength capsule of about 1300mg and about 90 minutes later heavy sweats and everything wanting out of my body. Horrible stomach pain. My wife took over driving and rushed me home. I was thinking the ER but we tried home. It took about 18 hours to not feel like I was going to die. A few months later I tried another herbal remedy that included ashwaganda but only 200mg. Thinking the dosage would be small enough not to bother me, I was dead (almost) wrong. Same symptoms and this time I threw up twice as well. Now, I would like to research what it is about my body that rejects Ashwaganda so much. Can it provide clues as to what I might need for better health?

  14. Wanted to give an update, I’m feeling so much better now. It took approximately 1 and a half days after a 400 mg pill to feel better again. The farther away I get from when I took that pill the better it is, but a day a half seemed to be the turning point. I’m so relieved! I got a refund and tossed the rest. Never touching Ashwagandha again!!

  15. I thought I had good results from aswagandha in the past for sleep and anxiety… So after going through a rough time after being a caregiver for years for my mom, her passing away, my own descent into bad health with cancer, etc… and posttraumatic stress disorder from all of that …. I remembered Ashwagandha, so I started to take it so that I could sleep better or feel less anxious… I even read that it is a free radical scavenger and would help cancer so I had great hopes with taking it!

    But after a few weeks of taking it, I was awake all night. I had chest pain anxiety, depression, intensified grief, hot body temperature, stomach upset and bloated, craving sweets, gained weight, skin bruising, and realizing it’s probably the Ashwagandha so I stopped taking it yesterday and I slept all night last night and feel less stressed and anxious just from not taking it!

  16. It helped me sleep and I had good dreams that I remembered after waking. But…, during the day my head felt heavy. May be considered brain fog. I was not confused and it was slightly calming, but it was an artificial feeling.

  17. Hi, I had a terrible reaction to ashwaganda. I bought a bottle and I only took half a dose. Within 39 minutes I started feeling strange. Then as the strange feeling in my head progressed it turned into a massive headache and I started vomiting. My head hurt so bad I could do nothing but hold it and scream. This lasted for an hour or so. I vomited so hard I could hardly breathe between heaves. I cannot understand why something that could do this to someone would be sold on the market. And I I know I don’t have a gut infection and I’m not sure about copper poisoning unless amalgam tooth fillings have copper in them. I have several old tooth fillings that may be leaking. Not sure if that plays a part.

    1. This doesn’t seem to be a very common reaction, reading the other posts, but I took it for three weeks and felt it was doing my anxiety good as I felt much more chilled, but after that time realised I’d put on half a stone and had to speak to my GP because all my joints were aching; I stopped taking it, not because of this, but because I was feeling a bit too chilled-out which I didn’t like. But I haven’t been able to lose the extra weight (despite trying everything for the last two months) which is uncharacteristic and the joint pain has got worse since then, to the extent that I’m being referred to a rheumatologist. It’s only today that I’ve put two and two together and realised the weight gain and joint pain all happened while I was taking this supplement. I know that sounds daft, but there’s so much positive hype about that it’s difficult to think it could possibly be doing you harm.

  18. I am DONE trying supplements with ashwaganda.

    1st time = gummies: made me breakout and feel almost sick. I Remeber being in bed a few evenings by 5 pm feeling “sick” it was a hard feeling to describe almost anxious but actually scared. Very odd. I linked the two and stopped.

    2nd time = Magic mind drink shot: this product actually made my life great but it’s too damn expensive, the only product containing ashwaganda that did anything positive

    3rd time: a stress resistance complex
    Nasty big acne that differed from usual or regular small ones here and there, tired, emotional, absolutely burnt out. Some Suicidal thoughts. Stopped after 3 days. Today is day 4.

    I don’t know if this helps at all. I am done though.

  19. Took ashwagandha that is supposed to help with brain fog and sleep in menopause. Right now I have heart palpitations and feeling like a panic attack is taking over and nausea. Hoping it wears off over night. Will never take this over the counter product again.

    1. Took one 400mg pill yesterday afternoon. Shortly thereafter started getting heart palpitations, numbness in legs and feet. Got some sleep, but still woke up to heart palpitations. It’s been about 21 hours after I took it and I’m still feeling it. It’s wearing off, but crazy how one little pill really did a number on me. So much for relieving anxiety! Really hoping I can feel back to normal soon! Trying to down water and hope these feelings pass!

  20. Hello! I am trying to find someone out there who might have had a similar experience with ashwagandha. I was housesitting for a friend and she had some Hiyo drinks, non alcoholic drinks containing ashwagandha, lions mane, cordyceps and a few other things. It was about one hour later I got blurry vision, heart racing, my tongue and eyes got very swollen, numb hands and feet, anxiousness, hallucinations, very panicked I stumbled back home and my roommate sat with me for about 4 1/2 hours until it started to calm down. My heart finally stopped racing and I could feel it all wearing off. I am experienced in psilocybin and this was absolutely the worst “trip” of my life. I am wondering if I have a crazy allergy to ashwagandha (the other ingredients I have had before with no reaction). Just inquiring if this has ever happened to anyone before! It freaked me OUT!!

  21. I got severe anexity from it, like 1-2 hours after i took it i felt bad for hours

    Tried it for a couple of days and still same, tried it again after a few monthe and same effect.

  22. I started taking it as a pre-workout supplement and on day two I feel like absolute crap, I noticed an irritability all day and full blown anxiety this evening.

  23. I started taking Ashwagandha to reduce my anxiety, but I feel even more anxious every time I take it. I hate these feelings.
    Side effect #5 is exactly what I feel.

  24. I was in the ER last night from taking Ashwagandha.
    I experienced this before after trying to take it. This time was much worse.
    I couldn’t stop vomiting, and I had diarrhea as well.
    By the time my husband got me to the ER my blood pressure was 80/50.

  25. I’ve benefited from ashwaganda in the past. It’s been great to calm anxiety.

    However I took a new supplement recently, and increased the dosage I think to higher than I’ve had before.

    I’ve felt really exhausted ever since. I already had chronic fatigue and now it’s worse.

    I’m wondering if there’s any advice on what to do about this?

    Thank you

  26. I have hyperPOTS, mast cell activation syndrome, and joint hypermobility. I took a low dose of ashwagandha yesterday morning; it gave me incredible energy and reduced my facial flushing, but I had a horrible time falling asleep (“lightning bolt” adrenaline surges and palpitations.) I took it again this morning; it has been 7 hours, and I feel like I’m about to jump out of my skin. I took ashwagandha with no trouble in the past, but I’m not sure I could tolerate another day of this.

  27. I recently decided not to drink alcohol anymore. I work in a store with a huge selection of Mocktails. I loved Curious Elixer and Kin was good but then I tried Parch. I got so anxious. I researched and the only ingredient that Parch had that the others didnt was Ashwagandha. I am guessing that was what caused it.

  28. Hi, being indian we have been familiar with ashwagandha as ayurvedic herb for mental health improvement, metabolism strengthening. But I have experienced that it effects different to people; it has natural tendency of increasing body temp. which after elevating once drops causes drowsiness, irritability and fatigue.

  29. Started taking ashwaganda and two weeks later had a non-fasting blood sugar level of 32 mg/dl. Was the worst I’ve ever felt in my life, have only been off it for 2 days and already am able to balance my levels a lot better. Had no prior history of blood sugar issues

  30. Ashwagandha has given me the worst anxiety I think I’ve ever had. I suffer with anxiety and depression normally, but it has skyrocketed since taking this. I’ve tried it twice now and every time it leaves me with tightness in my chest and crying on the floor. I would not recommend this supplement to anyone especially if you already suffer with mental health.

  31. Vivid dreams but I don’t remember the context in the morning. Deep sleep but not restful, wiped out by 2pm every day. The worst is I thought I had limited Rheumatoid Arthritis, but after just a few weeks I felt bone on bone pain in my knees and hips. I started getting headaches with blue flashes (yes, I have a history of migraines). And instead of helping my bladder control I was losing control just standing, also having to get up every 2 hours during the night – or else!

  32. Holy moly, I took half (200mg) of mediherb ashwaganda forte and it got rid of the stress tension I had in my neck. I thought I finally found some help. Day two I took the other half and felt great. By the evening. I had full blown anxiety, racing heart, shakiness and insomina , eyes feel dry and swollen. Worse than I’ve ever felt. I really want to go to the ER. I did drink some orange juice that helped the shaking. I also took activated charcoal to see if there’s any residual toxins to clear. I hoping lorazepam helps to calm me down. Don’t mess with ashwaganda!

  33. I am perimenopausal, with a history of anxiety (never depression). Since taking it, literally one week, I’ve had another period (to be fair they are messed up because of stage in life but usually big gaps, not two so close together), bad depression every day, very bad night sweats (never had one before, only hot flushes during the day), very vivid and unpleasant dreams. Stopping these.

  34. I have taken Ashwagadaha twice and both times I experienced a deep sleep with troubling dreams. I woke up very angry, short tempered and swollen all over. I do have a MTFHR mutation. Will not be taking it again.

  35. My doctor gave me a supplement to take that contains ashwaganda. I told him that I’ve had GI issues with it before but he said try it again. Good thing I was home all day. I took 2 as directed with food. 3 hrs later I was violently ill. I had chills, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain and oddly, nasal congestion. I spent the rest of the day on the couch with no energy and close to a bathroom. This Danish girl cannot handle Indian herbs!

    1. I upped the dosage to 750mg and noticed a change in my dreams. I was diagnosed with C-PTSD about 3 years ago, and I haven’t had nightmares about the past for over a year. Two nights in a row I had the same type of nightmares that I used to have back then, about my past.
      I also got flu-like symptoms: nausea, fever, chills and sweating, abdominal pain, loss of appetite and body aches. Weird thing is that I’ve never in my life experienced the flu like this. It usually gets better within 2 days, but it’s been 4 days now and symptoms aren’t getting better. That’s when I started to Google and came over this page. Thank God for that!
      Throwing these supplements in the garbage, good riddance.

    2. I took ashvaganda and was fine for 2 days on low dosage. The 3rd day I was tiered after a flight and took it thinking it would help me falling asleep and relax. I woke up at about 2am with increased HR and severe anxiety. This never happened before. It’s been already 3 days since and still I get bouts of anxiety and strange dreams.
      Be careful with this drug.
      I don’t know how long the effect lasts but I wish for it to be over already.

  36. Got a drink at my gym with this herb in it and not only did it ruin my goals for the day, but as I type this close to 48 hrs after taking it, I still feel horrible. Weak, anxious, insomnia absolutely horrible. The nausea, vomiting and diarrhea have been disruptive. work at night and always walk a fine line of foolishness, but this herb made me feel like I was awake 5 days (of which I’ve had happen and was hospitalized). No amount of water or eating is helping me feel better. I can’t “sleep” it off as well. Sticking to the manic feel of my normal pre workout or raw dogging it.

    1. Yes my experience aswaganda increase fear, anxiery, tiredness, and also increase angry i think it is very dangerous herb

  37. The most horrifying nightmare that I’ve ever had in my entire life,on one capsule!Will never touch this monster out herb,ever again!

  38. Hi, i just took the ashwaganda the other day and my vision is blurry like everyday its gettin worse so i had to stop yesterday. Is it normal? I had my surgery last friday too. So idk if its ashwaganda does anyone here like same side effect like this?

  39. Tried for 6 days. I’m 62, on blood pressure and cholesterol meds. This supplement gave me insomnia, headaches, muscle cramps and nausea. It’s going in the garbage.

    1. Thank you so much for writing this article. This feels like the best drug and worst drug at the same time. The west off makes it the absolute worst drug, though. I have felt every feeling under the sun from this awful herb. Depression, anxiety, increased OCD- , harmful thoughts. they don’t warn you about this hardly anywhere. And you can just buy it anywhere in stores. It ABSOLUTELY should be regulated.

  40. Hello can anyone shed some light new to ashgwanda hoping it will give me more energy less anxiety 4 days in drowsy brain fog feeling more depressed cant get anything done how normal is this does it get better i dont know weather to continue 🥺

    1. This could be a long story but it will definitely clear your doubt about taking this herb(ashwagandha) or not but you should spare some time and read it fully.
      So,I am a short guy and always concern about increasing my height and so I searched on Google and get to know about this fucking herb as I am a 5’6 guy and always want to increase my height and so I bought it and started taking it regularly at night with milk soon I started seeing good results I have actually gained few centimetres I also feel more energetic and have good sleep and day by day my belief on this medicine increases and now it has been a year I’m taking it and finally I stopped it cause I wasn’t getting much results and it had made a difference of some 1 inch or may be not.So,I think I will not eat it and this will be my last packet for it and it was left not much so I started taking it on alternate days but one thing I found was that I was regularly having constipation and gas issues and the day I didn’t use it I get some relief.So,I finally fuck that shit out of my house as I was confirmed that it is the reason for all this.After some days I started feeling very different like I’m not in the best of my mind actually I was feeling it from some months but now the feeling is raced and I am fucked up with this feeling I soon have anxiety and panic attacks and soon feel about giving up my life and commit suicide but somehow I get to know about meditation and many other ways to calm such thoughts and have a win on them but still sometimes these thoughts or black clouds appears but I have enough experience with it so I fucked them when they appeared.So,today I was free and think of finding the cause of such depression feelings without any particular reasons and I found this article and gotta know about the whole story and so I would recommend you better not take this herb for height, increasing testosterone,for some sleep issues,low mood,etc It is not a good herb even for me but the rest is your choice but you are very lucky that you gotta know all this if you are thinking of taking it because I didn’t get such article at my time.

  41. It definitely increased my anxiety. I’m a hillbilly, not too bright, and I failed to make the correlation immediately. In fact, as my anxiety increased, and my being new to taking it, I thought the effect I was striving for would be likely attainable by simply increasing the amount I was taking. I doubled the recommended dose and having done no prior research whatsoever felt it was harmless. Still my anxiety increased so I added another 3 rd, now tripling the dose. I coupled that with the already doubled dose of melatonin I was taking an hour before attempting sleep.
    My anxiety ramped up in proportion.
    When I did eventually come to the realization that it was indeed increasing the anxiety as well as depression I stopped abruptly.
    My symptoms still go untreated but do not have the crescendo peaks as frequently as they had quickly developed. Ashwagandha also increased my insomnia and fatigue in a matter of days to the point of total sleeplessness. I was stuck in a” chicken or the egg” loop , uncertain if it was my own mental state or the increase in severity was due to the ” holistic remedy”.

    1. I took half the recommended dose to see how I reacted as I often react to medication in general. I notices my throat tightening and it was harder to breathe although not too bad as I have asthma so it was a normal reactionfor me. I also noticed my mood worsen and I had no energy. Had to sleep in the day. Then my heart started racing and on the 2nd day with only half dose I stopped taking it.

  42. I have to check all supplement labels carefully because even a small amount of ashwagandha makes me feel terrible. I was looking at some supplements that were sounding great until I saw they had 500mg of ashwagandha! 🙁

  43. I was recommended ashwaganda for anxiety. After a week of taking it, I noticed my head was getting fuzzy. I suffer from migraines. Consequently, I’ve just had the worst migraine attack imaginable. It completely floored me and my head was pounding. Fortunately I have an excellent acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist who said it is a tonic and increases the pain so to stop using.

    I’m never going near it again. It’s made me feel worse rather than better. My blood and face feel hot and it made me nauseous. A powerful herb!

  44. I’m 65 years old. I was taking ashwaganda for a bout 2 mos I took it to help lower blood sugar which it didn’t seem to be doing. It was however helping me to sleep better. At my endocrinologist visit my a1c was 6.2 dr said that was ok just continue to watch my told her I couldn’t get my Blood sugar under 120 and felt it was keeping me from losing some weight (about 10-15 lbs). She suggested metformin at the lowest dose 1x per day. Almost 2 weeks of being on metformin I noticed my sugar was consistently under 110 sometimes even under 100. I was hoping this would result in making weight loss a little easier. Then one night while watching TV my eyes, vision, became what I describe as shakey. I began to feel fatigued when my husband noticed he asked what was going on and I found it very difficult to find words especially adjective and nouns. It felt like I was staring at a white board. I tried to describe what was happening and found my self not being able to remember what words I should use or the words at all. Over the next 4 to 5 weeks this happened exactly the same way 3 more times. 4 episodes all together. I’m now in the process of having an MRI and an EEG. The MRI cam back to day no abnormalities. The EEG is later this week. I believe it’s the metformin possibly interacting with the ashwaganda which I didn’t think was necessary to stop because it had no effect on my blood sugar anyway. I guess it could also be a side effect of the metformin but I can’t find any thing that says it. It wasn’t a hypoglycemia event because one night when it occured my husband called paramedics and my blood sugar was106 which I don’t believe is low enough to be hypoglycemic. Anyway for now I’m off both, its just about 7 days, so I guess we’ll see.

  45. I actually have been doing a lot to improve my health over the years, and I am missing someone to help understand certain things. For example, I bought some ‘brain tea’ like Buddah Tea Pure MInd and Ginkgo Biloaba, but I get a harsh reaction for both and nobody at Buddah Tea has a clue. I’d like to hear more about you and how you work, Lou

  46. Hi, I’ve been taking ashwagandha ksm 66 with black pepper for two days now and have taken them in the morning. Although I do feel less anxious already I also had the worse nights sleep I’ve ever had last night. Will this pass or should I stop taking it? I do have a low tolerance to copper according to a food allergy test I did.

  47. I’m having a terrible reaction to ashwagandha as I write this. I took 2100 mg once a day for 10 days and then it hit like a train. Horrible anxiety, insomnia, ringing in ears, can’t control body temp. I stopped taking it 4 days ago and the symptoms are still ongoing. I really regret having taken this wonder herb. I don’t use caffeine because I like to feel calm and in control, this stuff is like having a coffee i.v. 24 hours a day. I want to get off this ride. Be careful with this stuff

  48. Yes! Adverse reaction to ashwaghanda. Bought it hoping to get relaxation but made me tense, irritable. I had insomnia instead of rest. Intestinal discomfort, not severe but noticable. Felt like I was in speed. Ginsing does the same thing

  49. I have been taking an ashwagsnda magnesium supplement for 30+ days and I have never been so depressed in my life. I have been struggling with insomnia, night sweats, and horrible depression and increased anxiety. I am stopping it immediately and hoping that my symptoms will alleviate very soon. I am 57 years old and have not experienced night sweats in quite a few years, and I take a thyroid medication due to having my thyroid removed.. I do struggle with anxiety, but do not struggle a lot with depression. But the last week or so my depression has been very bad. The only change in my life was adding this supplement to my daily vitamins so I am thinking Ashwagandha is not a good option for me. Thank you for the article that helped point out that ashwaganda may be the problem.

  50. I have experienced skin rash on my face to my neck and multiple hot flashes after taken Ashwagandra.😪

    1. I’ve taken them in the past in forms of pills and the duration of it had been up to I’d say 3 months. Though I wouldn’t take it in moderation since I had assumed that if I had taken more then the recommended amount a day that the positive affects would become enhanced, the opposite happened. It was like I was constantly feeling sublime without the beauty of it all, the realisation of nothing matters and how you’re all on Ur own and that in comparison with everything else in the world u are insignificant, I’d felt that way ALL THE TIME and even after stopping my pill intake there was some residue left as id have nothing to fend my mental health from these thoughts after 4 weeks everything went back to normal. It’s temporary, but when u stop you’re as susceptible to all attacks mentally and emotionally as u were before taking the pills. Ashwagandah works wonders, but take them in moderation or you’ll do the your body the opposite of good

  51. Hello. I started taking Ashwagonda on Tuesday and by Tuesday I was having forceful dark liquid diarrhea. I do feel better except for this annoying side effect. It has happened several times throughout the days since I started. It is only Friday now. I don’t want to stop taking it but not sure it is good for me

  52. I started taking the gummies to increase muscle gains. Within the month, I was feeling very uncharacteristically sad. I asked my physician, and he said that it can make you feel that way. Since I’m usually a very happy person, I think it just messed with my brain chemistry. My 20 yr old son was also doing the same and told me he was anxious for the month. We both went off of the gummies and our symptoms cleared up very quickly.

  53. Bretton Madden

    I started recently taking Ashwagandha with myvworkout supplements because I felt a bit moody. A week into taking it, I felt depressed, overly anxious and even developed some obsession issues. I became obsessed with issues that were bothering me at the moment. This is the exact opposite effect I was looking for. Yikes!!

  54. Where do you cite your sources? Trying to find anything confirming gut health and Ashwagandha. Thanks 🙂

    1. Hi Mason,
      As I shared in my article “To date, no studies have been done to verify the adverse events associated with ashwagandha, especially in individuals with copper toxicity, methylation imbalances, and gut infections. This article is the result of clinical study and application with this powerful adaptogenic herb.”
      If you peruse PubMed you will find tons of studies touting the almost magical-like powers of this herb. Upon further research, you’ll see many of them are conducted by the people that have a vested interest in the companies that make these products.
      Sounds familiar, doesn’t it?

  55. After taking ashwagandha I started suffering from brain fog, something I haven’t had before. I do not know if this is something more people have experienced or if it’s just me, I stopped taking it and now hope it goes away.

  56. I just want to comment that I tried Ashwagandha by Adrenal Response several years ago when I was going through a deep depression. I took only one half of the tablet due to concerns about side effects. I only took the one dose and the next day I felt 100% better, so much so that I truly could not even remember what the depressive state felt like. I took another half of the tablet and the next day it was the same, I felt better. On the third day I experienced a slight break-through vaginal bleeding/staining, so I stopped taking the Ashwangandha altogether. I felt fine and my depression was gone. I never took anymore of it and I think the breakthrough bleeding was triggered by the ginseng in the formula. However, I understand that that particular product changed their formulation to exclude ginseng. Just thought it might be helpful to hear how I was helped by taking the Ashwagandha.

  57. Hello! This was insightful. Thank you 😊

    I’ve recently started working with a functional medicine doctor to address the recently discovered gut infections, and high levels of lead, mercury and thallium I have. As well as all hormone things way dysfunctional. I never mentioned ashwaghanda, as it’s not frequently I used it. Occasionally before bed, either with warm milk or as moon milk. Actually when I follow the moon milk recipe, I don’t notice so much. However, a couple times I’ve done my own “simpler” blend with warm almond milk or water…. but I’ve noticed a patten. I’m typically a calm, patient person. But it seems this powder can cause me total fits of rage the following day. Like I want to scream, shout curse words, and am pretty sure I’d almost smash a glass bowl for ghe heck of it. Completely not my personality! Especially for no reason at all. If I’m on my own, I have let some out. It feels “good” but also horrible because this is not me 😅😅

    I’ll just avoid this stuff for now. Maybe down the road when all inside is corrected?

  58. I have the following health issues and always looking into what I can take, plus at the moment I have post traumatic concussion

    Sjögren’s syndrome
    Food Intolerances:
    Salicylates Intolerance
    Lactose &Fructose Intolerance

    Arthritis – hands/neck/spine/hips

    Bowel and Bladder issues
    Other than concussion I am normal active and on top of things.

  59. I think we all got here because we googled side effects of ashwagandha. Oh man do I have a story. So I took Ashwagandha for about 2 weeks and everything was fine. I read that you should on- and off-cycle and take it when you’re having a stressful time. So I stopped after the 2 weeks and had a pause of about 6 months. I was going into a hospital internship and thought this is going to be a stressful time – the first morning of the internship I took Ashwagandha and Creatine – this was at 7am. At 11am I started to vomit violently. I had to excuse myself from the hospital and rushed home – I continued to puke until 15pm and then the diarrhea started until 20pm… The puking was so brutal I nearly called the emergency line. Fast forward a couple weeks and I thought that it must have been the Creatine that caused all that because I took Ashwagandha before (the 2 weeks) and had no problems. So I took Ashwagandha again the night before I had an interview. Went to bed at 23pm and woke up at 1.30am with the exact same symptoms I had in the hospital internship. Puked my guts out until 5am and then diarrhea until 11am. I don’t know what has changed in my body that I reacted that way, but I will never ever touch that stuff again. I had some food poisoning in my days, various countries all over the world, but I have never experienced a more horrible puke-situation than with Ashwagandha.

  60. I have been taking ashwaganda (in a adrenal support supplement) for the past 2 months. At first everything was fine. Now I’ve been having very loose stool multiple times per day and my belly sounds like I’m doing a colonoscopy prep. I am going to stop (it’s not a doctor but rather a nutritionist recommendation) taking it to see if my body stops all the gut problems. I don’t have pain or anything.

    1. Thanks for this informative article! I foolishly took 1300 mg daily for 9 months, not realizing it was harming me. I felt good for the first few months, but then after 4-5 months felt an increase in anxiety (thought it was just normal life stressors). I didn’t realize you should cycle off of it regularly. I stopped Ash abruptly after 9 months, and had the most horrific withdrawal symptoms. Even after the withdrawal subsided (adehonia, brain zaps, and insomnia to name a few) I still had some lingering issues. I’m now working with a naturopath who says I’m “over methylated”—which I wasn’t before all this. And it also appears I have adrenal fatigue, SIBO, and a massive histamine intolerance. I am trying to claw my way back to health but it is very slow going. I’ve been in a living hell for almost 10 months. Posting this in case it is helpful for others to read.

  61. Hi i had the same…everytime i take some or.with cbd…my anxiety get worse…or feel very hot at night and heart racing…not sleeping well… honnestly feel like using valerian and passi flower etc are way more relaxing and less side effects

  62. I have experienced intense levels of anxiety after supplementing ashwagandha for 6 months over the past summer. I get random panic attacks now which is something totally new that I’ve never experienced. I started supplementing at a problematic point in my life so I didn’t question the high levels of anxiety at the time but now I realize my body doesn’t feel 100%.

  63. I am writing this as I go through the atrocious pain and discomfort by taking only 1 bag of ashwagandha-tulsi-cbd tea by the Buddha Tea brand.
    My symptoms included big rumblings in my stomach, followed by a horrible bout of diarrhea — very similar to colonoscopy prep. Bad cramping and nausea! I’ve ever taken this tea before nor am I a user of Aswagandha. I love to explore new teas from the store and this one seemed interesting for a night tea. Little did I know one bag of tea can do so much damage! I hope I feel better by the morning.

    I am now very concern if I have serious IG issues or reproductive issues since I also felt like my fallopian tubes were being pulled out of my pelvis.

    This article was the most helpful online source I could find, any advice would be greatly appreciated.

  64. I have a blood pressure of 120/60, and was unaware that that was already the border of hypotension. I took the daily recommended dose of ashwaganda in the morning and by midnight I was excessively sweating, shaky, dizzy, and nauseous, basically about to pass out. Ashwaganda causes up to a 15% lower blood pressure, and I had a hypotensive episode. Never taking it again.

  65. Had it in a tea form that included turmeric two nights in a row. On the third night I had an extreme panic attack like I did when I was dealing with my divorce (3 years ago). My daily stressors did NOT warrant that level of a reaction and such a strong physical response. I knew something was off in my body and now that I’ve found this article I have a much better understanding of why it went wrong. So glad I didn’t take a pill or try it outside of a tea. That would have been horrible.

  66. It’s been about 2 months that I’ve been taking ashwaganda. At first I felt an immediate change, I feel more energetic, concentrated, but now I think it was more a placebo/psychological effect than a real one. From some weeks ago I started having weird thoughts, about a dead, and accidents, and bad things happening, started to be very irritable, stressed. It’s been around a weed that I stopped taking it completely, I do feel much better, those thoughts reduced a lot, but I feel like the effect of taking it for 2 months still there, so I hope the effects goes aways completely soon.

  67. Laura Grimshaw

    I took ashwaganda for the first time last night and insomnia increased. My son started taking it for anxiety during exams and has said he benefited straight away but it definitely hasn’t worked to improve my sleep!

  68. I definitely noticed a bad reaction to taking Ashwaghanda. This is why I am here on the internet looking up adverse reactions. After taking 1 pill at night for just 3 days, I found myself not feeling right yesterday afternoon. I felt very panicky, full of anxiety, almost like i wanted to cry but couldn’t and a little weird, perhaps it was my blood sugar, but I never checked as I was out at a cafe, I just felt like I needed to eat or get fresh air or I would pass out or something. I rarely feel like that. It was enough cause for worry. I have a bottle of Nutri Rise Maximum strength 1300mg. The dosage is 2 but I have been taking 1.

  69. I am just wondering why this supplement is even sold on the market, it’s obviously a very dangerous thing to take. I nearly died from taking just one tablet. And I see tons of other people have had the same response to it as well. I even see that it could even cause liver failure.

  70. I’ve actually really enjoyed ashwaghanda. I recommend it to everyone. It seriously changed my life. I used it as an anti stress anti anxiety supplement and it worked amazing! However I have tried a few different brands and the only one I liked was the natures bounty vitamin style that I found at wallgreens. I’m sad to hear so many people negatively affected by it because I absolutely love it. I only take as recommended, and I usually only take it daily for a couple of weeks at a time, then I don’t take it for long periods of time.

    1. Id taken aswagandha in my 40s and found it helped me to sleep .Fast forward to my mid 50s with years of unabated stress ,different outcome 👎
      I chose the new version KSM 66 and after a few days of only one capsule i thought i was going to die ! Woke up with pain all over my body and in complete panic ,back of legs were giving way etc etc.This had lowered my already low cortisol to a dangerous level .It was really frightening.No more aswagandha for me,i will go for a less potent adaptogen in future !

  71. My husband has been taking it for a long time and he is so aggressive and impatient it is unreal. We can’t even stand to be around him because he is so mean. He also has restless leg syndrome and it is so bad with this stuff that he twitches every three seconds. It’s horrible and I hate what it has done to him but there is not talking to him about it because it is always our fault he is mean.

  72. A little background, I usually don’t get upset or stressed easily, but I started taking ashwagandha about a year ago and would have times where I took it for months at a time and then run out and not use it. But, I didn’t notice anything too crazy besides a few “off days” where I just felt sad. But about a month ago I bought an extra strength bottle and took 2 pills a day totaling about 1300mg of ashwagandha a day for roughly 2 weeks. I was fine at first. But then whenever any minor inconvenience would happen I would spiral down a hole of hopelessness, wanting to cry, and suicidal thoughts. All of which don’t happen normally. I thought I had a bad mindset or actual depression. But, after a while I did some research on ashwagandha and noticed some people had the same reaction so I stopped taking it and I’m only a day without it and I feel so much better. It would also lower my sex drive and make me not want to eat anything.

  73. Several years ago, both myself and my husband had bad reactions to Ashwagandha. My husband started taking it for Chronic Lyme, then a couple weeks later I took a dose and had a terrible reaction. My body started to feel itchy and wherever I made contact with my hand to my body swelled up (hives). I took two Benadryl and eventually the itching and swelling resolved. My husband on the other hand started to get bald patches(3) on his beard and decided to discontinue Ashwagandha to see if it was the cause. His hair grew back. We had two very different side effects and although his wasn’t serious, it was concerning.

  74. I took Ashwagandha for brain fog for three days even though it gave me horrible headaches. I read that side effects would go away eventually. I began having horrible diarrhea every hour or few hours. It’s now been 4 days since I stopped taking it. Still affected. Hopefully it’s temporary and not long term damage.

  75. Where to begin! I began taking ashwagandha and a CBD combination at night to try and help me sleep. Little did I know the detriment it was causing in my body. Over the course of many many months I developed a condition where my joints were aching, I was irritable, restless and everything it touted itself to be was in fact the exact opposite in my body.

    I was taking an antidepressant and an anti-anxiety medication and unknowingly was poisoning myself with this combination (which I took every night for many many months). Thank you for writing this article.
    I did not know it was in the nightshade family. Had I known this I would have steered steer clear from it!

    Let this be a lesson to people who take antidepressants and anti-anxiety meds to be sure and do research before taking herbal remedies which could wreak toxic havoc in your body.

    1. Hey Crow,

      I had/am still having a very similar experience to you. I’ve been taking trazodone and gabapentin for anxiety and sleep, and just about 4 months ago I began taking 600mg of ashwaganda nightly.

      I then added cbd because I thought it could be a beneficial add on, but then I developed some horrible symptoms – difficulty breathing, burning sensation in my body, itchiness, and pretty bad brain fog. It took me two months to figure out that it was the ashwaganda, so I discontinued it about 4 days ago, but the symptoms haven’t totally left yet.

      Wondering how long it took for you to notice a remission in symptoms?



      1. Colin,
        It’s been 3 weeks since I stopped the Ashwaganda. Feeling better every day. I had severe allergy to that stuff. If you read about Ashwaganda allergies, those of us highly sensitive to it should see marketable improvement in 4-6 weeks of abstinence. Stay the course, and stay away from all members of the “Solanaceae” or deadly nightshade family. You will feel better, it just takes time and diligence to eliminate “nightshade” vegetables from m your diet,. Good luck

  76. I’ve taken ashwagandha for a year now with a couple month break for a medical procedure. I mainly am using it for anxiety. But before I started taking it, I did a lot of research and still doing personal research which is why I stopped at this website for problems. I should get checked for any over toxicity.

    However, I wanted to share some of the research I’ve done. First I found that overdosing and quality are extremely important with this supplement. A government study from the National Institute of health (division of department of health) concluded no more than 300mg once a day is needed for sleep and anxiety and takes about 4 weeks to yield noticeable improvement. For anxiety the recommended dose is 300mg x 2 per day and take 8 weeks for significant improvement.

    The next problem I found is that quality is a major issue since many manufacturers cut a lot of fillers into their products. I personally went with goli gummies because goli always ranked within the top 3 best ashwagandha in every list I could find.

    That said, I did notice a drop in my stress around the 6 week period. I am not sure if I’m suffering any severe side affects from this supplement because of the bad psychiatry I had last year. (I was wasn’t tampered of a medication that needs tapering and suffered severe withdrawal side affects for over a year as my brain tried to readjust the imbalances caused by it. )

  77. Christie Adams

    I took ashwaganda on four different occasions with food–two times, two weeks apart one year, when I took it in a supplement called Protandum, and then, two times about a decade later, when I took it as an independent supplement. Each time, about two hours after injesting it, I suddenly felt nauseaus and vomited, primarily in dry heaves.

    Obviously, I do not plan to take it again.

  78. I find this blog very valuable!
    I’m 74 and started taking ashwagandha about 2 months ago because I was told it works like ginseng or something similar to help prevent forgetfulness. My reaction was: I forgot pretty much everything. The only situation in which I experienced comparable symptoms was after a light narcosis (cataract surgery). Since stopping Ashwagandha, my memory has improved significantly. Of course, I can’t be sure if these “memory fluctuations” are due to my age or the medication or an interaction with my medicine (TNF-alfa-Blocker) against chronic polyarthritis. However, I would be very interested to know if anyone has had a similar experience (increasing forgetfulness) with Ashwagandha. Thank you very much!

  79. I have had great results from ashwagandha, especially for sleep and generally feeling my spirits lifted. However I’ve recently (last 7 months) begun having unexplained leg cramping and stiffness as well as some off-balance sensations (more in lower body than in head, not dizziness). I’ve had blood and neurology tests done that mostly rule out many of the serious things (MS, PD, etc.). While I was having these tests run I took time off ashwagandha; Thinking back on it I believe my symptoms were less during that period. I’d like to learn more about this

  80. Yes, I have felt anxiety, a sense of hopelessness, fatigue even worse than normal. Even suicidal from taking it, I will not take it any longer. Thanks for this great article it means a lot.

  81. I felt hopeless, depressed, sad, didn’t care if I lived another day. Cried and could not control where and when If you knew me I am the sunshine and positive force in everyone I knows life. So, this was a huge and immediate reaction for me. Sorry that I could not take it. Had hoped it would help me settle at night enough to sleep good.

    1. I found this blog after searching up “ashwaganda and increased heart rate” because that’s what’s happened after my very first dose. My sister has had great luck with it (destress and minor weight loss) so I tried the same brand but felt odd within thirty minutes: sleepy yet my heart and mind sped up. Perhaps I took too much (1500 mg, which is half what my sister takes) or perhaps it simply isn’t for me. Thanks for the information and good luck everyone.

  82. I have been taking ashwagandha for over a month now for my stress and anxiety, i was diagnosed with wolf white Parkinson syndrome, a heart condition with a fast heartbeat. It worsen my chest pain and was experiencing severe Short of breath , i feel sometimes lightheaded , dizzy . Brain fog , didn’t feel right at all . Didn’t fell myself. Feeling detached . It was just horrible and scary feeling. I am not 100,% it is the ashwagandha but after reading the comments on this site . I am now suspected. So i stop taking it since yesterday and see if the symptoms go away. 🤞. I really hope it is the case .

    1. I am going in for a psych evaluation right now because my ppd and ppa have taken a drastic turn for the worst. I have severe panic attacks and feelings of not wanting to live anymore. It all amplified when I started ashwaghanda

  83. Ashwagandha causes me severe headaches. I have attempted this herb on 3 separate occasions and all three times caused terrible headaches. The kind of headaches that keep you in bed because you can not function

  84. I tried adrenal chill from can prev twice,only taking one of the two recommended pills per day. My heart raced, I had terrible night sweats, light headed giving me a feeling of being “high”. Overall, I’d say I was relaxed, however, I did not enjoy this feelings at all. Also took some time to wear off (about 24 hours and started feeling the effects about 2 hours after taking it).

  85. The first time I took ashwagsnda it kept me up till 2 AM. I think I took it at about 11 o’clock. I did sleep well then, but the next day I woke up refreshed and then actually Buzzi like I had had coffee. I can’t drink hardly any caffeine or it keeps me up at night. But this definitely was a caffeinated buzzy feeling.. I was going a mile a minute all morning and afternoon. It, however, did not seem to have a negative impact on my sleep that night.
    So then I thought that might be the effect it has on me so the next time I took it in the morning. But I emptied out half of the capsule, so I was only taking half of the amount. I was so exhausted that day I could barely function. And it never changed to the caffeinated buzzy feeling.

    I took it because I’m postmenopausal, and I have a hard time sleeping. Generally, I fall asleep and then wake up in the middle of the night unable to go back to sleep.

  86. MaryWynn Chamblin

    I’ve been taking Ashwaganda for a little over a week now. I started taking it hoping to increase serotonin as I have terrible insomnia. Today was a horrible day. I’ve been depressed, crying off and on, having food cravings, and a very short temper. I’m post menopausal, so this is very atypical for me. I can only assume it’s the Ashwaganda as it’s the only new supplement I’ve started taking.

  87. Hello, this is 4th time I accidentally got hold of Ashwagandha and have horrible reaction to it. I ordered a new coffee substitute n had no idea it contained Ashwagandha (I must get better about reading ingredients). I learned a few years ago that I cannot even get close to it, I get so violently Ill I think I might die….yes, I couldn’t catch my breath last night n asperated while throwing up, can’t stop long enough to even call for help. This is gross, but it’s so severe it’s as if I have a faucet turned on full power inside my mouth and my rectum! I even break out in sweat so bad, I realize my body is screaming “GET IT OUT!”, and it does in any manner possible! Why do I react so violently to it?

  88. I just had a horrible night of sleep and an awful day of crashed blood sugar and lightheadedness. I’ve been feeling so good lately, I’m like what the heck is going on. Finally, I remembered that I just added Ashwagandha last week on advice of my acupuncturist because though I’ve healed a lot, I’m still struggling with high cortisol. I found this article a few others that totally explained exactly what I’ve experienced – crashed blood glucose, dizziness and shortness of breath, lightheadedness from low blood pressure, anxiety, insomnia, racing heart.

    When will I ever learn to research supplements before I just start taking them!? Anyway, thanks for this article, it totally solved the mystery! I’ll be throwing these out and morning the lost $20+

    1. I have been taking Ashwaghanda for 2 months. It’s been good and bad. I felt more energetic when I was first taking it. Now I have been getting severe fatigue during the day. I feel like I can’t keep my eyes open. I have dark urine in the morning and a dry mouth at night. I sleep much better and have not had a migraine in 2 months! I was getting them every 2 weeks… if I don’t eat on time I get the super low blood sugar issue. I am hungry all the time but I have more endurance…. Like I said, good and maybe questionable.

  89. I took this. I had a terrible episode of vertigo, increased heart rate. I got so dizzy I thought I had a stroke and went to the hospital.

  90. Yes I had a bad reaction to Ashwagandha, after an Ayervedic consultation to establish my doshas.
    After two days taking the prescribed dose of Ashwagandha, I woke with palpitations boarding on panic attack, the last thing I needed after years of severe panic attacks.

    I threw it away.

    Scott Koban

  91. I took Ashwaganda for around 2 weeks and I experienced severe abdominal bloating and pain 🙃 I also had mood swings and weight gain.

  92. I believe I had a bad reaction to Ashwaganda, I felt tired all the time, I couldn’t get going in the morning, since I stopped I am more energetic, back to walking, my muscles feel more useful, and my emotions feel lighter.

    1. Thank you for the great article and for all those who shared in the comments. I am so grateful to have found this site – I legitimately thought I was losing my mind!

      My symptoms ranged erratically between dissociation, disorientation, panic at irregular times during the day, muscle tremors, intense negative self-talk, and fatigue. Had two migraines in the three weeks I had taken it and have never, ever had migraines before. As this was the only new supplement (and any dietary change of any kind) added to my regiment, I stopped taking it to see if there are any changes. It’s been four days and I am finally feeling more like myself.

    2. I am having a reaction to it right now – do you have advice for how to flush it out of our system? I took ashwagandra 15 years ago and ended up in hospital on a constant state of panic that wouldn’t subside, but eventually did when they gave me diazepam (which I’d never taken before). This time I took a supplement (just once last night) that I didn’t realise had ashwagandra in it, but I’ve been awake all night with panic, shortness of breath and a feeling of intense restlessness and heat. Dangerous stuff? Please tell us it won’t cause lasting damage?! Thanks.

  93. I started taking Nature Made’s Ashwagandha supplement last week: just 150 mg before bed; in the past I’ve had good experience with Goli’s Ashwagandha (contains Vit D too) helping me sleep, although I only suffer from insomnia occasionally. I’ve had bouts of diarrhea all week and last night I lied awake, with a raising heartbeat, unable to quiet my thoughts, for about 3 hours before I finally fell asleep 🙁 Going to return the supplements to the store right away!

  94. Hi there,
    Just researching now about ashwagandha as started a tonic called Rheal for menopause symptons called Balncr Tonic. I have felt like morning sickness nausea for five days with today being worst. I originally felt more energised but last week like my energy levels have plummeted like I’ve never known. I only know three people that have had supplements with ashwaganda and we’ve all had same or similar experiences. Just feel really crappy
    And totally unproductive amd I’m a real whiz kid normally getting everything done

  95. Hello, I thought it Was only me, but I see now that many suffers after taking ashwagandha. I had little stress and anxiety so my brother gave me ashwagandha. After taking it for three days my level of anxiety was much worse, close to panic attacks, my heart and chest felt strange (high heartbeat, chest pain) and I had shortness of breath.

    1. This sounds like me, I feel like I’m allergic to many things, medications, really bad reactions. Ashwaganda made me want to literally die. Have you found anything that helps? Other herbs, diet changes etc? I’ve been suffering with severe insomnia, anxiety and depression.

  96. After my partner died last year, someone recommended me ashwagandha. I was taking it few months and I felt better. Sleeping at night, nice vivid dreams with good topics and also through the day I felt better and levelled. Then I stopped using it as I wasn’t sure, if it’s good to take it so many months in row. Everything was ok.

    Now, after say two months, I decided to start taking it again, with no reason really, just wanted to fall asleep more simple. And now effects are very weird and not good. I’m on second day and just woke up from very unpleasant and complicated dreams again (same like yesterday) – I was in really weird dimension, looked like completely different reality with own not nice laws and habits. It was so real, I believe it really exist somewhere. I felt scared and sick of it, I was all the time actually fighting for my life. I woke up with nausea and headache. I only took half of tea spoon. Yesterday night horrible dreams as well. I try lower down my dosing and if it’s not going any better I probably stop using it now. Can’t it be like ashwagandha is taking out some traumas out of me while im sleeping? Because as I feel levelled, I know, somewhere deep inside me is probably sleeping trauma from loosing my partner and all that emotions connected with it (I’m scared of future, scared I will stay alone and sometimes feel like I’m “fighting” for my life only going through the day routine) = very similar feelings and emotions which been bring by that dreams.

  97. I took it once. Being sensitive to many medications due to low metabolism (was tested through dna) I become toxic to many chemicals.

    After taking the pill, I began sneezing, heart rate increased, and felt lethargic. I’m allergic to many grasses, weeds, and mold/mildew. So, my body did not appreciate this new ingredient in my body. It may land in ine of the families of weeds I’m allergic to.

  98. I took ashwagandha for a little over week and I started to develop a dull chest pain, lightheadedness like floating on a cloud, panic attacks when going to bed, extreme anxiety off and on throughout the day, and just in general do not feel like myself. I am completely healthy and have never had an experience like this before. I stopped taking it about 5 days ago, I still have the chest pain but not as bad and I still have feeling of extreme anxiety throughout the day. I was hoping that these symptoms would go away within a couple of days but they are still present.

  99. I cannot take ashwagandha. I have tried it 3 times over the course of 25 years with the same results each time. I am awake all night. I mean it gives me the exact opposite of what it’s supposed to give me. I cannot wait for it to ware off. I feel jittery and wired.

    1. Wow, now I understand what happened to me earlier. Took one pill of 400, first one from what I thought it could be a treatement for high cortizol. In about 40 minutes to one hour, I felt like fainting, rapid heart beat and feeling extremely weak. I didnt make the corelation. In about two hours again, but much severe, I thought I would faint again and my blood pressure went to 19/11/128. Althoufh I am Young and healthy. Started to shake for almost an hour, with no control. From one single pill. Felt better after I ate sugar. Now I read it can drop sugar levels abruptly, și my guess is this happened to me, yet my blood test are impecable. Take care all!

  100. I’m having a problem with ashwaganda. I think it’s making me mean and a total bitch!! I’m not taking it ever again. I can’t even make myself be nice!! I’m staying in the bedroom alone until it wears off.

  101. I am 55. Having had relatively good health all of my life this last year I have had several issues.
    Following a couple of years of indigestion (no reflux or acid that i was aware of) i was diagnosed with 1) heliobacter pylori 2) hiatal hernia 3) grade two esophagitis. I was treated with antibiotics for the bacteria and according g to the tests eliminated it
    Covid on the heels of the harsh antibiotic
    severe sensitivity to the sun right after the antibiotic
    breathlessness and a feeling of dampness in the body after the covid
    Late summer diagnos in right breast with
    DCIS or prevasive intraductal cancer. By the time the were ready to operate both benign vista and the malignant one were not detectable by mamogram but the operated anyway to be sure. I could not brest when i woke up in recovery and they gave me oxygen
    Following this i felt the need to go for holistic treatment to try to heal my body naturally. The therapist looked in my mouth and seeing that i had approx 10 metal fillings deemed that my health issues were most likely due to that. He told me to get them removed or i would continue to have issues. I got them removed (in a reputable facility trained to do so). I found the whole diagnosis and process anxiety inducing due to the idea of slowly poisoning myself.
    I was given a detox supplement to detox my body of heavy metals and a diet. It was christmas time and i fell of the diet but kept king the supplements. I started to have eye problems. Yellowness of the eye, cloudiness, heavy eyelids, stye in right eye. I told the therapist that i felt the toxins were coming out through my eyes. He had no solution for that and changed my supplement. The new one caused me acidity.
    Off late i have what feels like palpitations or high adrenaline in my system. I’ve been checked out. They said my blood pressure was a little high. Beta blockers did not help. Ansiolitic helped me sleep but i only took it twice in extreme situations because i am afraid to take them.
    I got amazing relief through epsom salt bath.
    I found you due to having what felt like a reaction to ashwagandha as i woke up with red swollen hands. I now see that my chest is also extremely red. I went for a short walk in the spring sun yesterday. I feel the sun sensitivity is still there.
    The heart racing feeling is what most concerns me right now

  102. Hi

    Wanted to comment as I’ve suffered from sore red eyes ever since I started taking ashwaganda. I didn’t realise that it could be from these tablets but after being diagnosed with allergic conjunctivitis by my opticians and hence given prescription medicinal eyedrops there was no change in my eyes.

    It suddenly dawned on me yesterday that my red eyes might be down to ashwagandha tablets that I bought the exact day I started my new job so it makes sense because it was around that time my eyes became sore and I thought it was because my eyes weren’t used to wearing contacts for such a long time in office 5 days a week, after working from home mostly after lockdowns.

    And then I thought it might be the office air con but when that was reduced it still don’t improve much. I then noticed in recent days I didn’t take my vitamins and my eyes improved and yesterday I remembered to take my vitamins and supplements and then suddenly in the evening my eyes were extremely sore and sensitive and red. I’ve taken ashwagandha previously with no issues so not sure why this is giving me reactions. There’s not much online about it except one person saying they had similar. There’s definitely been an improvement since I stopped taking them but I think it will day many more days to be fully white as I was taking the tablets for nearly a month.

  103. I’ve been taking Ashwaghanda for 10 months. It took 5 weeks for me to see the effects, and at first they were amazing. I could handle usually stressful situations like a breeze. It felt like my body just adapted to not processing stress in a way that unleashed the cortisol.. this lasted for about four months until I thought it would be okay to just stop taking it.

    On the third day of not taking Ashwaghanda I felt like I had been hit by a train. Even though I wasn’t in a stressful situation or even thinking anything that would cause me to stress, it was like all the stress I was guarded from over the prior four months hit me all at once. I was trapped inside a body crippled with stress. Could hardly walk, I saw black spots, my period started three weeks early. Horrifying.
    I took up Ashwaghanda again straight away and decided to gradually back off it once I felt ready. But I’ve never felt ready. Since the initial stress overload I’ve had a mostly constant headache, waves of anxiety, and insomnia.
    I have tried halving the dosage three times and each time I experience these side effects more strongly. I’m in constant fear that I will have happen to me what happened the first time I stopped all together.

    The hardest thing is I’m actually okay in my mind, it’s my body that is struggling with what feels like a chemical imbalance. I work out often, feed myself healthy foods, don’t smoke or do drugs.

    I went to a GP today to ask for help and he said he couldn’t. He said he could only refer me to a psychiatrist for something like this. Kept saying withdrawal like I was a drug addict. Dismissed me like I was a crazy drug addict..

    And here I am. About to spend the next two hours trying to find a pressure point in my head to try and switch it off before I can eventually get a couple of hours sleep..

  104. Had 1 dose of 600mg Ashwaganda, hoping for a calming effect after a day of intense work and exercise. It doesn’t help me calm down at all. It makes me moody and feeling empty and annoyed towards my girlfriend. Definite no for me.

  105. After taking one glass of water mixed with ashwagandha powder i ended up in hospital where taken by emergency aid. Incredible violent reaction vomiting and diarrhea . Terrible experience. This is he second time that it happened to me in 4 years. First time i took vitamin cocktail which contained obviously the same ingredient. Both times they where fighting for my life.

  106. I took Ashwagandha capsules from Bulk. I took them for seven days, and on the third I developed a headache. I stopped taking them after four days of headache (7 days in). I’ve now had a headache which ebbs and flows constantly from a dull ache at the base of my skull, to close to a migraine. I’ve had the headache for two weeks, and I’m arranging to speak to my GP.

    1. I have had a 25+ year fight with ANXIETY disorder, PTSD MMD. I am now retired ICU /VA mental health RN. I have weaned from all Rx except Klonpin 1 mg on very rare occasion. I started ashwagandha to help with insomnia and anxiety. Unfortunately severe anxiety insomnia then depression. Also gut problems, no motivation and anorexia developed in 3-4 weeks. I stopped my psychiatrist at his agreement 3 months ago. I really want to stay off pharmaceuticals. I’d appreciate your input. Thank you

  107. I took Ashwagandha for 1 month, in a powdered form that I mixed with yogurt. Last week I ended up in Emergency with a racing heart (130 to 165 bpm continuously). After a myriad of tests, the Dr diagnosed me with Hypertyroidism as my thyroid hormones were completely out of whack. As the doctor was leaving the room, he turned around and said, “You’re not by chance taking any sort of Chinese herbal supplement are you?” I was stunned. ‘“No”, I said, “But I am taking an Indian herbal supplement!”. It never dawned on me to mention this during the intake. He told me to stop immediately, and that they are seeing more and more cases of negative reactions to non-approved supplements.

    When I returned home and began reading about the potential negative side effects of Ashwagandha, my symptoms match up exactly with thyrotoxicosis caused by Ashwagandha. Although not overly common, there are medical journal articles on this very thing.

    I’m currently on a medication to lower my heart rate as we wait for the Ashwagandha to leave my system. 7 days in, and heart is still a bit high. The Doctor is delaying any further testing for Hyperthyroidism as he thinks it’s related to the herbal supplement and we are giving it a few weeks and will test my thyroid levels again. I’m so disappointed with myself. I researched Ashwagandha quite extensively, but only saw what I wanted to see. Lesson learned.

  108. Good to see that people are waking up to the dangers of Ashwagandha.

    In 2019/20, I used the KSM66, Sensoril and Shoden varieties with enthusiasm due to the hype.

    At first, Ash really made me feel stronger and more confident. However, I soon came to realise this ‘confidence’ was actually due to me having become more numb – numb to anxiety, fear and over-thinking, but also numb to excitement, pleasure and enjoyment.

    I am still on my road to recovery, and thankfully there is a large active community dedicated to reversing the effects.

    Many of these effects are shared by sufferers of ‘PSSD’ – post SSRI sexual dysfunction. The hypothesis is that Ash exerts a powerful effect on the body’s serotonergic signalling, which may eventually result in a ‘de-sensitising’ of these pathways.

    Also, Ash’s effects on the body’s serotonergic system may also impact on changes to the gut microbiome, which for me has resulted in SIBO related symptoms.

    Of course Ash may not have acted alone in this, and many lifestyle factors may contribute, but Ash has certainly played a primary role.

    1. I’ve been taking nature Life Labs 2100 mg ashwagandha twice a day once in the morning and once at night. I’m starting to notice lightheadedness when I move my head certain ways. Is this a reaction to the ashwagandha? Is nature Life Labs a good brand to be using? Is 2100 mg three times a day as stated on the bottle and accurate dosage?

  109. Louis McLaughlin II

    I took this for a week and started having pain while urinating .
    Stopped taking it and within three days no more pain while urinating .
    Could this also be a bad side effect of taking Force Factor Amazing Ashwa ?

  110. I took it for 3 days only then frst day i feel good, body was quite warm, sexually performing good but next to next it reduced my sleep its my 3rd day being less sleepy, ,i have stopped it ,as it is causeing INSOMNIA to me
    I will advices one thing if you are past patient of depression, anxiety never take it, it may reintroduce ur past .

  111. Nathan Mckenzie

    I suffer from p t s t from combat in iraq and afghanistan. My mood at best is stable most times. I suffer from nightmares too. For a while there ashwaganda was actually helping my nightmares go away. But then after long term taking of it my mood started changing, my bowl movements started changing. It has increased my anxiety and my depression. I feel like i’m back to square one when I was just trying to figure out my medications to get my mood stable.

  112. Hello, I have Hashimoto’s thyroiditis and am extremely sensitive to nightshades. I heard the hype about ashwagandha and relaxation so I bought a carbonated water that contained this. I started to have a can a day for about 3-4 days and had brain fog. I was very out of it. I felt floaty and lost all day and thought to myself that the only thing I had was this new water. I stopped drinking it and my symptoms stopped. Little did I know that this was a nightshade. When I first googled it, it comes up as an adaptogen, I had to search harder and finally got lucky and found that it’s a nightshade. My symptoms then made sense. I should have researched more at first but it was getting so much hype without saying nightshade that I didn’t think twice about trying it.

  113. I started taking ashwagandha due to anxiety. Note – I also have bouts of severe IBS. When I first started taking it (daily) I slowly noticed stomach pain, but due to waves of IBS, I assumed it was another flare up. It was just a constant stomachache, and underlying nausea daily. I went on vacation and forgot the ashwagandha……so I hadn’t taken it in about a week when I took one at night in hopes for some anxiety relief. Almost exactly 2 hours later, I became the sickest I have EVER been. Extreme dizziness, violent vomiting and diarrhea, blacking out, it was awful, and went on for hours. I am not a dramatic person, but I was so sick I considered having my husband take me to the ER. I could not stand and could not go longer than 10 minutes without another episode. I was weak for days after this. Unfortunately, I did not link it to the ashwagandha. About a week and a half later I decided to start taking it again, and the EXACT same thing happened again, exactly 2 hours after I took it. It was honestly terrifying. It goes without saying, I have never and will never take it again.

  114. Definitely Insomnia!!
    Increased body temperature to 98.8.
    Allergic reaction made my eyes swollen and itchy
    Cause erection deficiency for sure!
    But it boost my energy like crazy I could exercise three times as much as I would normally do
    And this is on a single pill of 600 mg per day.

  115. The very first time that I took Ashwagandha, within 2 hours I suddenly felt a strong buzz in the left side of my body from hand to foot, and I couldn’t walk straight.
    My left lower leg wanted to turn inward as I was trying to keep my balance to walk.
    It took about 5 minutes for the buzz to disappear but felt strange on the left side for about an hour or so. I haven’t taken it since. The

  116. Took Ashwagandha for 3 months, I kept waiting to feel leveled out but it just made me sleepy with a low grade dull headache. I did feel less stress, but I think because I was too tired to feel anything else 😄 I stopped taking it 3-4 days ago and I can tell my body is going to take some time to adjust. The only benefit was sleep came so easy, I could sleep any time. I hated it.
    My husband takes it before bed, he doesn’t have the same problems I have with it. He loves it for sleep.

  117. I just recently started taking ashwagandha because I’ve had extreme stress that I’ve never before experienced so bad. I was diagnosed with panic disorder about 3-4 years ago, and have overcome it for the most part except for when I’m extremely stressed. I started these supplements to help with this, but it seems like it’s just worse. I have intense brain fog and I’m getting tired so easily. I nearly had a panic attack at an orientation today, which hasn’t happened in a while. I almost feel high like i can’t drive. I’m not sure whether to keep taking it and see if it gets better or stop. I just want the stress to go away.

  118. Hello I’ve been taking 1300 mg
    a day and I started feeling that I was getting very dry mouth and i would cough alot almost like choking and I said to myself the only thing I’m taking is ashwagandha so I stopped taking it and it’s been 2 days already and I haven’t cough and my mouth isn’t dry nomore so know I only feel like palpation in my anul I think is because of the pill of the strength I would do to cough cause of my dry mouth

  119. Karolina Caliope

    Hi yes I’ve had very bad side effects from ashwaghanda. I’m very sensitive and after broke up with my boyfriend I was feeling very sad and depressed and I read ashwaghanda can help with low mood. Unfortunately I experienced side effects of taking it and my blood pressure dropped and blood sugar I almost fainted and the other day I felt so fatigued, dumb and like on some high and I couldn’t do anything during my day and I just went to sleep. So I will not recommend taking it at all. Not for sensitive people I assume.

  120. I suffer from Long Covid and have Fibromyalgia and chronic pain I started taking Ashwaganda and noticed that my joints hurt more. It was then I rechecked my diet and found it to be in the nightshade family. Needless to say, done taking it.

  121. I started taking it because I’m in Florida I live in NY and I could not get my medicine for anxiety and depression. I’m good after it goes thru my system but when I first take it, I get sensitivity to the sunlight a headache, nausea and diarrhea. I think I need to take less to be honest cause the next day I’m ok I don’t know what’s happening and if I should stop or let my body get used to it

    1. I have copper toxicity after having copper UID for 10 years and ashwaganda definitely didn’t work for me.I took 2 tablets of ashwaganda in spaces od time and on each occasion I experienced similar symptoms..drowsiness, headache, diarohhea all day, nausea but also adrenal pain that happened a few hours after taking this herb, waking up with palpitations, sweating like crazy and even thou I took the tablet around midday following day I was feeling totally exhausted , sleepy and lacked any energy to function properly.Im not going to take Ashwaganda no more as it definitely doesn’t seem to be in alignment with my body

  122. I have ulcerative colitis. I took Ashwaganda concentrated capsules for 2 days and am still feeling the effects. Sharp abdominal cramping and pain, sometimes accompanied with nausea. Similar to symptoms of a flare up without the washroom frequency. It has been a week and am hoping ot subsides. Feeling very bloated and raw inside.

  123. I started taking ashwaganda about 2 weeks ago, before bed. I took it to help with my sleep. I have had the WORST sleep. I never fall into a deep sleep and keep waking up. It almost feels like I am “speeding”. At first I thought maybe 2 capsules were too much, so I cut back to one. Nope, last night was my last ashwaganda! The only reason I took it is because everything I read said it helped with sleep and I couldn’t find anything saying it could cause an adverse affect. I just found your article after another crappy night sleep!

  124. Long story short, I have a long history of treatment resistant depression, complex grief, PTSD, anxiety and ADHD. I found out I was extremely low on a number of key vitamins and began taking prescribed regimens. My sister had vitamin patches and suggested I try them as well. I started them and did not realize they also included ashwaghanda. The only way I can describe it is I soon started frightening having thoughts/premonition type feelings that I would soon die and severe insomnia as well as hallucinations. I do feel that I have some sort of underlying issue that is causing all of my symptoms and vitamin deficiencies and would love to hear your thoughts. My mental health has taken a deep decline and is impacting my physical and social well being greatly and I am now 42. I would love to regain my life before it is too late as this had cost me a great deal this far. Thank you.

  125. I took ashwagandha for over a month, with initially no problems. It helped my anxiety, and though I knew it was bubbling under the surface, it allowed me some relief from the fatigue caused by constant anxiety. However, it is now causing extreme diarrhoea. I stopped taking it for a few days, and everything went back to normal. Then took one tablet and within 6 hours, same effect, with added nausea. I will now stop taking it entirely, which is a shame as I thought I had found a good support for my anxiety.

  126. Hi just reading your article as I have taken ashwandha on and off but I can’t say I have felt better with it.
    I have C677T on my methylation gene and even activated b’s make me jittery.
    I haven’t felt normal for the last 10 years since breast cancer and going through menopause when having treatment just this nervous anxiety all of the time tried most health supplements but still get hot flushes.
    I did the Dutch urine testing and my estrogen was on the floor my methylation pathways were good.
    I have took b vitamins for years too scared not to get the right amount of b’s I need for methylation.
    Spent a fortune on health therapists health supplements nothing changed through all of it

  127. I had my first ever dose of ashwaghanda on Wednesday evening. About an hour later I started to feel nauseous and a couple of hours later started puking. Yesterday I spent the day being hot and cold tingling all over. Last night I had really vivid complicated dreams. I ate some toast this morning and puked it up accompanied by a really bad headache. And then about two hours later I felt much better. I still feel a bit battered but oh so much better. I’ve not been anywhere near someone with a tummy bug, the rest of my family have eaten the same things I did without any impact. We live very rurally so it’s easy to say these things with confidence. The only difference is I also had some ashwagandha. So I maybe clutching at straws but maybe not?

    1. Al 5 giorno di assunzione che sarebbe oggi sono stato veramente in uno stato pietoso, ansia, estrema sonnolenza, attacchi di panico esperienza terribile, alla mattina risvegli difficili specifico che sono in cura con xanax da 6/7 anni in concomitanza esperienza da non riprovare mai più

      On the 5th day of taking it, which would be today, I was really in a pitiful state, anxiety, extreme sleepiness, panic attacks, terrible experience, difficult awakenings in the morning, specifically that I have been on xanax for 6/7 years in conjunction with an experience never to be tried again.

  128. Hello!

    I ordered “ Magnesium, New Chapter Magnesium + Ashwagandha Supplement, 2.5X Absorption, Muscle Recovery, Heart & Bone Health, Calm & Relaxation, Gluten Free, Non-GMO”. I started taking the 18th feb. I’m on paraoxetine for anxiety also, for years.

    I feel I’m having a bad reaction to the supplement. I may be wrong but the timing seems to make sense. Feeling extremely anxious, depressed, extra clammy/sweaty, irritated. Been reading up about reactions and came across yours.

  129. I took 2 at night and It helped me sleep but the next morning this caused deep depression and anxiety attack. This was on 2 different mornings with a break between.

    1. I don’t see where I can post a comment, so I’ll reply to this one, especially since I relate to it!! When I first began taking Ashwaganda, it seemed to help with my anxiety and sleep. On the second week, it didn’t seem as helpful anymore and I stopped taking it as much. On to the third week, my anxiety was worsening so I decided to try it again. I feel like lately I’m getting the symptoms the article mentioned; nausea, more stomach problems, more anxiety and depression. I’m so glad I saw this article.

      1. I also don’t see where to reply so:
        While i have taken ashwaganda in the past with no noticeable side effects, i just bought some powdered organic ashwaganda, and putting in a jar the fine powder billowed out and i could smell it and it made me feel nauseous and within 5-10 mins I started vomiting… which is why i looked up this subject. I think i will just get rid of it… if that little makes me vomit, it’s not for me.

      2. I had a very similar experience, I had taken it around 9am because I was feeling anxious this was calm by hum brand. Maybe an hour later I felt like my body had a vibration, rapid heartbeat and extreme anxiety/panic. So terrifying I didn’t take it again and have not experienced anxiety like that since.

      3. I don’t see where I can comment either so I will do the same.

        I have recently tried Ashwaganda and it has been helpful. What was wrong is the dosage. Once I greatly reduced the dosage it was fine.

        I use a tincture. It is indeed powerful and I believe that one must find the dosage that works best for one’s body.

    2. I think it’s wonderful herb but after a few doses and finally a huge dose of it straight under the tongue my side hurt & I was having horrible gas. I think I need to taper off for awhile

    3. I’ve been taking alpha greens which has ashwagandha in it for almost two weeks. I was just taking ashwagandha before that though and had to stop. After a few days of taking just the ashwagandha I noticed a persistent headache, low motivation and probably worst of all it makes me pretty irritable. I am much less tolerable to things that bother me and they set me off noticeably quicker. Whether that be a good thing or a bad thing I am unsure of. I’ve always been a very passive person. Not since ashwagandha though. A good thing I noticed was that I do sleep much better and wake up feeling refreshed. I suffer from ibs and Alpha Greens has worked miracles for me in that department. I just wish they would drop the ashwagandha or offer an alternative without it. Contrary to popular belief, not everyone handles it well.

  130. I’m glad to have found this post. I just started taking Ashwagandha leaf juice Monday, didn’t take it Tuesday but did again on Wed and Thur. The itching started Wed night and getting raised red spots that I thought were bug bites. I have a cat and thought we were infested by fleas, checked him head to toe. No fleas (and I hadn’t found any on me or seen anything biting me. At that point I thought I was going crazy. Topical Benadryl did absolutely no good, so I started hunting online. It’s sad, but also comforting to see that there are others going through similar symptoms. Like many others have commented the itching is worse at night. I have limited mobility and even with proper diet have been unable to lose weight, so this was part of a recommended Ayurvedic juice to assist with my much needed weight loss. Unfortunately, I have several bottles of the juice and will not be able to return them. I hope the itching stops soon 🙁

  131. I started using it for a week, and unfortunately I’m feeling mental dullness, lack of clarity and not sharp which is unfortunate because I think I’m sleeping better but I have to stop because I can’t work properly while feeling mentally drained like this

  132. My pharmacist suggested I try Ashwagandha to reduce stress and insomnia. Three separate doses of 500 mg sent me spiraling into a weepy, depressive state. It’s been years since I’ve felt this “dark”. No more for me.

      1. I took ashwagandha for the first time and my throat started to close up, it felt like I was getting a sore throat but more like a closing. thank God I only took one chewable from CVS Pharmacy and I am returning them first thing in the morning. And taking an antibiotic to help fight this whatever reaction is im feeling. Beware of ashwagandha hype.

        1. Thank you for this article. I thought I was going crazy. My ND put me on a cortisol manager, which included 500 mg of Ashwagandha and Magnolia bark. Consequently, a week after being put on it, I experienced hot flashes and tachycardia at night, with adrenal dumps that were so hard in the morning that I could barely function and would dry heave. Without a full night of sleep, I became more anxious and depressed. I have visited a cardiologists, a MD and an integrative medicine person and none of them caught this.
          I have stopped this dosing today and will be detoxing and hoping that all of this goes away. It’s been over two months. Thank you for everyone that shared.

          1. I couldn’t figure out my tachycardia. My heart has been racing and I can’t get it to come down. Today I had an episode of dizziness, shakiness… likely low blood sugar. I’m glad I read this, I’m done with ashwaganda after reading all of this!

  133. I started taking 500 mg pill before bed since a few days ago, and it helped me fall asleep faster, sleep longer and feel more awake and fresh in the morning when I get up. On the other side, I have elevated heart rate and elevated fatigue.
    I’m an athlete so the sleep is important to me. I had trouble with waking up in the night and not falling asleep again, especially during competitions (which is 3-6 days for me), But I don’t know if the elevated heart rate and fatigue will lead to bad consequences on my performance.
    Any suggestions?
    Sorry for my English.

  134. I took Ashwaganda 8 years ago. And I remember it like it was yesterday. I became horrifically ill. I began vommitting having seizures and my skin began to peel off. This was back in the 80’s and when I went to the hospital they though I had aids. I walked in on my son the other day smoking it out of his bong. I only let him do natural herbs like Marijuana. And I had a long talk with him about the effects these kinds of things have on your body.

  135. I took Ashwaganda 8 years ago. And I remember it like it was yesterday. I became horrifically ill. I began committing having seizures and my skin began to peel off. This was back in the 80’s and when I went to the hospital they though I had aids. I walked in on my son the other day smoking it out of his bong. I only let him do natural herbs like Marijuana. And I had a long talk with him about the effects these kinds of things have on your body.

  136. The herb did the opposite things of what the proponents claim it would do. I became more insomniac, weak, have brain fog, etc. I thought my body needed to adapt since today is my 4th day and, now that I know the thing is not for everybody, I will not take it again.

  137. Strange, seems to work for me and obviously everyone is different. I haven’t slept well since 0ct 16 of 2022 when I went to the hospital with stress, high BP and elevated heat rate and since then, I’ve had a hard time sleeping or staying sleep soundly. Plus my stress and anxiety levels soared. Been taking two Gogi Ashwagandha gummies, MAX, a day and have my stress and anxiety levels are nonexistent, my BP and heart rate is awesome and I’m taking no other meds, only regular vitamins. I use to take Ollys melatonin extra strength which worked maybe 20% of the time with sleep. I also tried Feals Cbd full spectrum med strength which was slightly more effective. Goli works for me thus far but I’ll update if it changes.

    1. I don’t see how some people can have opposite results. I just started taking it and my only issue is that it only knocks me out for about 2 hours and then I wake up and can’t get back to sleep. The fact that I fall asleep so easily makes me wonder if the amount is off . Just one pill has 700 mg . Too much, too less ? I don’t know.

    2. I’ve been taking the same ones for over a year now, along with my levothyroxine. The past week, my heart rate is now elevated even at rest, and I feel like I’ve went from hypo to hyper which I found can happen when taking ashgwanda. Keep a close eye out on your heart rate.

  138. I was actually surprised when I woke up alive this morning, not exaggerating at all!
    I’m 59 years old and on zero meds, alcohol, or drugs. My daughter bought some Ashwagandha gummies for her Anxiety, insomnia, etc. She thought it might help me with my insomnia, so she gave me one gummy. It was the biggest mistake! A couple of hours later, after eating, I suddenly felt sick and began vomiting. This progressed to the point that I could barely catch my breath, vomiting for hours on end, heaving every last bit of bile and dry heaving all night. I was having extreme diarrhea while also vomiting. I was sweating profusely and shivering at the same time also. It has been 24 hours and I am still having a rapid heartbeat, dizziness, and weakness with nausea. I lost 9 pounds in one night! I didn’t even know that was possible. I must be highly allergic or something, but PLEASE BE EXTREMELY CAUTIOUS WITH THIS.
    Note: My daughter has had no issue with it for two weeks.

  139. This stuff has really had a horrible effect on my system .
    1. Fatigue
    5. Mind fog & serious confusion
    6.anxiety thru the roof
    8 . Sleeplessness
    9. Elevated heart rate
    10 . Negative emotions
    11. Bad temper
    12. irritability
    13. Intense headaches
    Never again will I touch this stuff , this is a full on toxic reaction!!!!!

    1. Thanks this is happening to me and it is my second day so i decided…… ok now i know side effects and the product will go to the trash can or better yet down the drain!
      Thanks 4 your information.

      1. I basically had all of the bad experiences you mentioned from this substance. Anhedonia, falling to sleep fast but waking up 4 hours later unable to sleep more, severe depression with suicidal thoughts, lack of motivation, low energy, no desire to enjoy life anymore… I think this substance must be approached with extreme caution. My wife took it once and said she felt like she didn’t want to be in her body, the same extreme discomfort she had when stopping nursing.

        I would be interested in your thoughts on tongkat Ali; that is the new substance raved for increasing testosterone and energy. Andrew Huberman raves about it. Once I stabilize from quitting the Ashwaganda I may try it. I’m going to be careful though because I took this Ashwaganda for almost a year and I don’t think I even realized how much it was hurting me until I recently stopped and feel much better

      2. I was taking Ashwagandha for 6 days 2 gummies a day, one in the morning one in the evening. Felt great! No anxiety, reduced stress, better mental focus along with some other benefits. Yet yesterday I took my second gummie and just felt like my anxiety was bumbling at the surface but my body wouldn’t let it out if that makes sense. I later then started having minor brain fog, I went to the gym later on and felt massive fatigue and weakness, then got to the point of a panic attack and had to leave. I later calmed and went to bed and had minimal sleep. I haven’t taken any today but I have huge amounts of brain flog, lack of concentration and anxiety. Are these withdrawals? How long does this last? And how long does Ashwagandha stay in your system?


        1. If you look on memorial Sloan Kettering web site under ashwaganda it states adverse side effects of this herb is hallucinogenic

          1. Sorry but I must add this
            I am 69 years old and never in my life was I ever convicted of a crime or even a dui
            Never had hallucinations, until I took ashwaganda squeakie clean my entire life!

    3. Only three days in but so far have only negative side effects. I have severe ME/CFS so I have a long list of symptoms already but it has heightened some of them. I initially wanted to try ashwagandha to lower my stress levels and help aid sleep (I have tried A LOT of sleep meds in the past but am trying to go down the more ‘natural route’)

      So far:
      Taking even longer to get to sleep, alert before sleep
      More vivid distressing dreams
      Higher HR and stress levels during the day and night (according to Garmin watch and I can feel it)
      increased headaches and nausea
      Increased IBS symptoms
      Increased itchiness and fuzziness
      Increased sneezing and congestion
      Increased brain fog
      Increased irritability and restlessness

      Judging by a lot of these comments I’m guessing this likely isn’t for me but I was wondering if anyone persevered and saw results? As painful as it is, I don’t want to give up too quickly as I know things can take time to work, though with no positive effects at all so far it might be the only option.

    4. I also had a really bad response. I had a couple of herbal drinks that had Ashwagandha. I had a full blown panic attack. My anxiety was so extreme. I will never take it again. Very bad experience

  140. Piero Del Bianco

    I took ashwagandha 3 times… because I really wanted to benefit from the results people rave about. Unfortunately, in all 3 occasions I broke into a sweat and within an hour git very sick with non stop diarrhea and vomiting. I’d really want to know why.

  141. I just bought a bottle of supposedly the most potent and concentrated (Goli; whose products are honestly amazing) and let me tell you, they weren’t joking. (Everyone eats at least one extra gummy because they taste too good)
    I only had the three, dosage called for two…..I just got home from the hospital.
    My entire abdomen swelled so bad it was nearly breaking the skin and started to bruise even. Tender painful abdominal distention. It swoll so bad that at the emergency room they immediately ordered an ultrasound and CT scan thinking that I may have ruptured my appendix or had gallbladder stones. The Sonographer pointed out my intestines were so swollen that I had bowels “trapped” in between all the “inflammation of the likes that I have never seen” said the Dr.
    it is potent and people should be let know. They had me drink pure prune juice and as much water as I could stand and eventually it gave way. The pain was relieved by lying on my back and alternating ice and heat. My lab work came back a mess. And I’m a healthy guy who had la work just two weeks ago and it was perfect.
    The dr thought it was pancreatic cancer or pancreatitis and immediately they took my vitals thinking I could go into insulin shock any moment.
    Never again. Good riddance.

  142. I was bit by a tick 3 1/2 yrs ago that developed the bullseye rash. I went to the doctor the next morning as the bite woke me up in the middle of the night and the tick was still there, with the bullseye apparent. I was given serious antibiotics that destroyed my gut. As part of a detox and gut rebuilding I took ashwagandha, ginger, tumeric and others for 6 weeks. I took a break and about 6 months later decided to do it again as I was feeling pretty crappy. It almost killed me. I should have called 911 but wasnt thinking clearly. My body poured out of every opening, sweat pouring, dizzy. I laid in the tub and continued to pour out and vomit until I passed out. When I woke up, I showered in my clothes just to be able to get them off. I am autoimmune (AR) now and just found out ashwagandha is a nightshade which is a no no for autoimmune. Now Im wondering if my antibiotics werent I have alpha gal syndrome? I am allergic to many meats and 20+ other things with cross reactuvity.
    The doctors have treated me so horribly over the years and yet Im still sick as a dog and can no longer even work. Hmmmm

    1. I started taking Ashwaganda a couple of weeks ago due to my anxiety (a result of grief, depression and quite difficult time I am having for almost three years).
      At first it seemed Ashwaganda helped me with the anxiety and all the stress, however about 4 days ago I started feeling even more anxious, worried, depressed even though the overall situation I am in hasn’t changed.
      I don’t know whether it’s the herb or I am experiencing any extra anxiety on my own. I also have less energy, fatigue and my mind is racing.
      I have decided to stop using it.

      1. I have Rheumatoid Arthritis, I started Ashwaganda and I felt jittery and couldn’t sleep and I felt like my body was trembling and I couldn’t concentrate at all.

    2. I took Ashwaganda for about a month at night in a supplement that mixed the Ashwaganda and Melatonin .

      I developed hives on my back and sides with a few on my arms .

      The hives on my back and side itched tremendously and were accompanied by redness and extremely intense itching .

      I am now totally stopping the Ashwaganda supplement and will drink a lot of water on a daily basis and apply hydrocortisone cream until the hives clear up.

      Notably I went on vacation for about seven days and didn’t take the Ashwaganda with me .

      The hives and itching totally cleared up .Now on returning and taking the Ashwaganda for three nights the hives have almost totally returned.

      More indication that the Ashwaganda is the problem!!

    3. I dont take ashwaganda often but i have a deathly fear of doctors and dentists I tend to have panic attacks. The other day I had to get a crown and so I took two tablets, now that i do the math was about 1000 mg. I gave it time to kick in and I got so sick and could not focus. I went to the dentist got got my thing done then vomited all evening. It’s safe to say I will probably just cope with my anxiety in other ways from not on.

      1. Omg so glad i found this article! I took some mixed with vitamins…woke up at 2 am with vertigo,was sweating,vomitting,felt like crap for 2 weeks after. For 2 weeks i could barely founction,had headaches,was drowsy. And i never though it could be the supplements i took 🙁

  143. I started taking Ashwaganda about a week ago based on the positive reviews and haven’t been myself. I don’t eat like used to and have to force myself to eat so I don’t starve. The biggest issue I have is with it contributing to sexual dysfunction. I’m not sure about why but have noticed sexual issues since taking it. I’m going to stop taking it and just stick to L Theanine. I’m hoping I will get back to normal.

    1. I’m in the same boat. I was taking every other day before a workout and it did wonders for stamina and I felt great. Also curbed my appetite as well. I was shredding weight

      Side effects lots of gastrointestinal issues then ED happened. I stopped taking it 3 months ago and gastrointestinal issues cleared up but still have ED

    2. Just took ashwa over the counter chews for the first time, can’t stop vomiting. This happened when I tried relaxaim sleep as well. Dangerous though package says all natural. Be ware!

  144. I started taking a variety of Vitamins 1.5 weeks ago which included ashwaganda. Since then I’ve had extremely low energy, incredible brain fog, heightened anxiety, and today, a headache. Like many others commenting on here, I’m not sure Ashwaganda is the right supplement for me.

    1. Anyone experienced elevated liver enzymes while taking Ash? I’ve NEVER had abnormal blood work, until my most recent labs. All other levels are normal, except liver enzymes. Only thing I’ve done different is the Ash. I’ve only been taking it for a few weeks. Dr. thinks my results could be a lab error, but the more I researched, the more journals I’m finding that relate liver damage to Ash. use.

  145. The Ashwagandha pills gave me abdominal pain for most of the day and diarrhea for a couple of days. I was also slightly dizzy. I only took one pill as I was not sure of the effect that it would have on me.

    1. I experienced sexual dysfunction too taking Ashwaghanda for about 2 months. I had little interest in sex whereas I did before. I stopped the ashwaghanda and my sex drive came back shorty after stopping it. Then I took it one day for stress and it made my brain feel slow. I think I should just not take it. I thought it was helping with my overall stress but I’m not so sure now. Definitely causes a lack sexual interest.

      1. I’m very surprised to see such negative reactions to ashwangandha… I’ve never heard of it doing anything like that before. I have been taking ksm66 for about a week… I must admit I feel less anxious (although not after reading this article!) And have had no gastro issues at all which I am massively prone to. BUT I can’t sleep properly for the last 4 days. I wake loads of times in the night which is very odd considering it is supposed to help with that. To be fair I don’t know it os the fault of ashwangandha… I am also premenstrual but it is very weird. I actually just took a capsule again now but maybe tomorrow I should avoid it and see how I sleep…

  146. Wow was googling on the side effects as I had it worst!

    On and off taking it for 2 months.
    Within that 2 months, I had random fatigue,weakness, mild anxiety and depression that I just blame it on hormone as I already have pcos. But I did wondered as it never happened that bad before

    After taking it for 2 mths, I guess it had build up to the max, thats when I felt ill and drunk and feeling I can pass out anytime. Rushed to ER, my BP was 90/60!! Thats horrible because mine always 120/70. Stop taking it straight away. BP back to normal after 3 days stopping it. Mental health and others back to normal after 8 days. While in withdrawal, I notice some breathing problems.

    I also had period problems that I just relate after reading some comments!
    While on Ash, I had longer and shorter crazy cycle that again I blame it on pcos and ageing but never had this crazy before.

    Now my period is still
    messed up, hope it will get better.

    Ash is posion for me. regret it.

    I took ir originally just to improve my 5 hrs sleep wish to have 8 hrs. Its ok now I take my 5 hrs sleep!

    1. Thanks for sharing. A few times I have felt like I was going to pass out. My blood pressure is low to begin with. My appetite was affected too. Ate just because it was time to. My husband was concerned that I didn’t want to eat. I am not over weight. Again thank you for sharing.

    2. Hi Lina.
      I am on day 4 if taking Ash and decided to look into my symptoms only to fall upon this page and your comment. Although my symptoms have not been horrible I started 2 nights ago having sleeping problems, racing mind, anxiety, possibly some mild hallucinations and I want to say I may have even gained some weight as I feel…bigger. my husband has also expressed difficulty sleeping, some strange “dreams” and shortness of breath particularly night.
      Anyway, besides our common side effects, the reason I am commenting specifically to you is that I fell upon Ashwaganda while looking into a herbal supplement for my daughter and her issues as she has had an adverse reaction to the birth control pill to which she was taking to help with monthly symptoms as well as hormonal acne. What I read about Ash wasn’t exactly what I had in mind for my daughter but it did sound like an option for some concerns I was having so I purchased it and continued surfing the net and investigating the options. In my search I came across 2 supplements which mentioned great success with PCOS. The first one being NAC or
      N-acetyl Cysteine which has claims to have had “better improvement in clinical, biochemical and hormonal profile than Metformin in PCOS patients”, and the second one being Vitex Chaste Berry which had some good reviews on Amazon.
      Anyway, by no means am I a doctor or anyone close to such, just a girl that has put in a lot of hours researching these 2 online as I am very cautious as to what I want my daughter taking.
      I purchased both of these with the intention of trying the Chasteberry for her first. The NAC had many other health benefits that I plan on trying myself in the meantime and will have on hand in case the Chasteberry fails to help with her issues.
      She has yet to take the Chasteberry as I want her to go another few weeks off the pill before introducing something new to her system so I’m unable to comment on any pros or cons. I just thought I would share this information in case you were at a loss and looking for new leads for relief. I suffered with endometriosis up until a recent hysterectomy. I wish I had heard of these supplements years ago as I would have given anything to find some help with my symptoms and with infertility issues.
      I wish you much luck and good health.

  147. My wife and I went out to dinner for my birthday to a popular seafood restaurant. The very next day, my wife became terribly sick. Food or water would not stay down and she had explosive diarrhea and vomiting. She could barely walk because she was so weak. We thought she had food poisoning from dinner the night before. She got slightly better after a day and a half and she was much better after about 3 or 4 days.

    A few days later, she walked into my office holding a vitamin bottle and said “I don’t think I had food poisoning, I think it was this” and she handed me a bottle of Ashwagandha. Sure enough, she took another dose and became violently ill again with the exact same symptoms. My poor wife now had to battle this for a second time within a week.

    This is a terrible supplement! I read the bottle and there were no warnings at all. She had a severe reaction with just one 450mg capsule. Reading through this article and comments, it seems there are many different types of reactions to this supplement from high anxiety, depression, palpitations, diarrhea, vomiting, weakness, extreme fatigue.

    She is finally sleeping now, but if there is no improvement in a few hours we will be visiting the ER since she is so dehydrated and weak after battling this twice in a week. You can see in her face how she instantly went from very healthy to gaunt, weak, and sickly. The diarrhea and vomiting comes on so fast she doesn’t even have time to roll over and get out of bed. She is so fatigued she can barely walk. Water passes straight through her almost instantly as if she is pouring it on the floor.

    I never even heard of this supplement until now. Based on what I am reading here, this supplement is an additive to many types of shakes, health drinks and teas. It is quite scary that people can have this type of a reaction to a supplement and there seems to be zero awareness that there is a potential for very serious and dangerous side effects. Not only that, most people are taking this thinking they are improving their health.

    Be very careful if you are researching this supplement and are thinking about trying it. Based on my quick research, this is not isolated and a measurable number of people experience severe side effects.

  148. I have struggled with stress and insomnia for years due to work and being a caregiver.
    Only the work related stress is an issue now, but it was causing me to get little to no sleep and that definitely impacted my performance, mood, etc…
    After learning about stress and it’s relation to cortisol levels, I found out about Ashwagondha and did some research.
    I was diagnosed with IBS about 12 years ago, but it’s been fairly controlled, with attacks being tamped down with Hyoscyamine taken in sublingual form.
    Usually I can eat pretty much whatever I want as long as I eat slowly.
    My IBS attacks seem to be triggered mostly by stress.
    I began taking Ashwagondha from a reputable source and it took about four weeks to notice the changes.
    What I noticed first was I felt calmer, more collected and I was finally able to get a glorious night’s sleep, complete with dreams and recall.
    I even noticed I could wake up to use the bathroom, go back to bed and instead of laying there for the next 3 hours tossing, turning and worrying, I was off to sleep within 5 to 10 minutes, dreaming, with recall. For the first time in years, I felt wonderful, then came the day that the diarrhea and IBS attacks began. I would say this was about 7 weeks in.
    I noticed that the Ashwagondha seemed to increase my sensitivity to high FODMAP foods that I don’t usually have to avoid.
    After a month of severe attacks, I relented and stopped using it. The attacks subsided and finally the insomnia is returning.
    Is there no way to buffer, or better tolerate this stuff? My ability to sleep and therefore my quality of life stand in the balance.

  149. Mild stomach discomfort is a thing and I recommend drinking milk or a protein shake with ashwagandha (I believe it’s common in India as well). I wouldn’t recommend ashwagandha to anyone suffering from a pre-existing gut problem. There’s a feeling of lethargy with continued use, which is why I recommend only taking ashwagandha on occasion, as you would alcohol. I find in moments where I crave a drink, it feels great if I swap it for ashwagandha instead. On a final note, I’d recommend sticking to ashwagandha supplements that show a ratio of withanolides on the back, so you at least know the seller is knowledgeable.

    1. I’ve been taking ashwaghanda for 5 months now, but only just recently started with upper ab pain or heartburn ? I’m not sure, anyone else ?

  150. I’ve played with 700mg of ashwagandha on and off for years and haven’t experienced any extreme downsides (male, 32, athletic, no conditions). That said, mild stomach discomfort is a thing and I recommend drinking milk or a protein shake with ashwagandha (I believe it’s common in India as well). I wouldn’t recommend ashwagandha to anyone suffering from a pre-existing gut problem. There’s a feeling of lethargy with continued use, which is why I recommend only taking ashwagandha on occasion, as you would alcohol. I find in moments where I crave a drink, it feels great if I swap it for ashwagandha instead. On a final note, I’d recommend sticking to ashwagandha supplements that show a ratio of withanolides on the back, so you at least know the seller is knowledgeable.

  151. I am Hyperthyroid (Graves) and have spent the past year in hell. I developed PVC’s, early menopause, and a bunch of other issues. My thyroid meds have been tapered off to nothing as my numbers are “normal”
    But the depression and anxiety are getting to me. I went to an ND, and she gave me 3 bottles of supplements to take. One of them that I take 3 pills in the morning has Ashwagandha. In the past week since taking them, my anxiety has gone through the roof, serious depression, cognitive issues, and a 10-pound weight gain!
    My mental issues only started after the Graves started (after my Pfizer shot) Normally I do well in high-stress situations (I’m a lifeguard) but now I turn into a blubbering idiot for stupid stuff like I can’t find my pen.
    Should I just accept this new neurotic and depressed me and try and come up with strategies to deal with this?

  152. I’m a veteran and have had multiple mental health issues since I got out in ’08. Also have trouble sleeping bc of nightmares mostly and zero energy. There’s only been a couple of things that have helped over the years with anxiety and sleep and stuff but due to some bureaucratic bs I can’t take them. I started taking Ashwagandha a little over a week ago and immediately I noticed that I had energy during the day (but not jittery energy like with lots of caffeine) and was much more calm overall. And like magic around 10 or 11 every night I was tired and ready for bed. Still had nightmares but the sleep I got felt deeper and I felt better in the morning. But about 3 days ago I suddenly started itching all over. Especially my feet. The bottom of my feet itch like crazy. But it’s literally all over my body I itch like I’ve never itched before. No hives or rashes or anything like that. Just an intense itching all over. It’s been 2 days now since I’ve taken anymore Ashwagandha and the itching isn’t as intense as it was but it’s still bad. I’ve tried taking some antihistamines (allergy pills) creams for itching both steroidal and non-steroidal as well as well as straight steroid cream. Some help take a bit of the edge off but nothing takes the itching away. I’m going insane. Has anyone ever dealt with this before and if so then how long before this is out of my system?? I’m so desperate for help with my anxiety and depression that I’m trying anything at this point but if one of my desperate attempts drives me to killing myself anyways I feel like the last string of hope I’m holding on to is snapped and I should just give up… anyways, if anyone could please let me know when this itching will end that will be great. Thank you.

    1. You are having a side-effect that can occur with Aswaganda, which is an allergic reaction that manifests as itching. It will go away. It is hard to say when, but it will definitely go away in time after you stop taking ashwaganda. You can reach out to a holistic doctor to see if they may know if something else might be causing the allergic reaction to ashwaganda, like perhaps a gut infection. I hope you find relief and keep reaching out until you find someone with knowledge on this. There are endless people out there who can help. Don’t give up!

  153. After taking it on and off for about two weeks I stopped it and have been having blurred vision in both eyes and feeling lightheaded for about a week. Not sure what is going on with me now.

  154. I started taking it for the first time about a month ago. I suffer from RA, and since traditional medicine has done very little for me I’ve been looking at alternatives for a long time. I started taking two 500mg pills divided between lunch and dinner. Ion the very first day I started getting really dizzy and nauseated which is really unusual. I read online that one needed to “build tolerance” for this herb so I continued taking it. I had serious stomach issues within couple of days like diarrhea and cramps. On day 3 I developed hives on my face and upper torso. I lowered the dose to just one 500mg pull a day but the symptoms continued in and out. Around the second week, I ended up at the ER after suddenly passing out at home. Doctors told me I had a 68 mg/dL sugar reading which is extremely low (again totally unusual for me because I always had borderline pre-diabetic high readings). They said that if I didn’t come to the ER I was probably not going to make it. They immediately asked me to stop taking Ashwagandha. The head doctor said that he’s seen a lot of cases recently of people ending up in the ER after taking this supplement and some of them dying. He compared it to the “ephedrine” crisis back in the 90’s where the substance wasn’t banned until a few people died. Hope this story helps someone..

    1. Hey there. How long did it take for your symptoms to go away? I took ash for about 3 1/2 days starting this past Saturday. By Wednesday, I was in the ER after suffering heart palpitations. It’s Friday now, and my average heart rate has been 72 bpm which is practically great. However, tightness in my chest and throat with feelings of lightheadedness have not gone away. It’s really starting to worry me again.

      1. Hey Simone. I’m replying to myself in order for you to see this because the API of this website doesn’t allow to reply to the 3rd comment of a thread. My palpitations ceased after about 3 weeks. I started to experience other symptoms though: symptoms of hypothyroidism. Extreme pulmonary fatigue, low heart rate, and swelling of my thyroid. Now the pulmonary fatigue and low heart rate are basically gone, so I’m really happy. But the lump in my throat is still there. My thyroid is incredibly inflamed, and when I compare it to older pictures of myself, it’s definitely noticeable. Hope you come back and are able to see this message.

  155. I bought ashwagandha about a year ago and used it for about 4 days. On day four, I was so dizzy that I could not get out of bed. wasn’t sure what was causing it but discontinued the ashwagandha since that was the only thing I was doing differently. I had no more problems with dizziness. Recently I started taking a different brand of collagen from the one I had been using. After using it for a several days, I woke up one morning and as I turned over in bed I was extremely dizzy and spinning. I had nausea and a slight headache along with it. This has gone on for four days. Just now looked at the label and realized that it has ashwagandha in it so I will discontinue and see if the dizziness, headache and stomach upset go away. I have not found anywhere that dizziness is a side effect but it definitely is for me.

  156. Iv suffered insomnia for 30 years and after taking Ash iv never slept better but wat I did notice was tht I had extremely heavy menses a month later, it was abnormal amount (sorry fr tmi) which left me anaemic and iv never been anaemic before either. So I’m not sure if it’s related but I’m getting tests now to check my endometrium.

  157. I’ve been taking a supplement for a little over a week now and didn’t think anything of the ashwaganda triggering my heightened anxiety, but between the racing heart/mind, very high anxiety levels, panic, insomnia, etc. it’s all starting to make sense as to why out of the blue I started feeling my anxiety get worse and worse.

    1. I took Ashwagandha for about three weeks and it made me anxious and I couldn’t sleep. It did the opposite of what it said it was supposed to do for me.

      1. I’ve been takeing ashwagandah gummies for about 2 1/2 weeks I’ve been haveing problems urinateing now I can’t urinate at all hardly I’m backing up with fluid retention and I can’t urinate what can I do??????!
        Please help I’m so swollen and I hurt soo bad?!!!!

    2. I started taking Ash. over a month ago, started out it worked well for sleep, but now a month later after 6 hrs sleep, I wake in a panic attack mode and can’t get back to sleep. Also I’ve been a little snappy with love ones, thinking it’s not for me!

  158. Ashwaganda makes my face break out in a rosacea type redness and rash. I took a few different combination supplements for adrenals/stress and it took a few different times for me to figure out it was the culprit.

    1. I started taking this supplement a week ago and had to stop taking it because I woke up with puffy eyes and swollen and numb face. My neck is red and itchy. I wasn’t sure if it was a side effect of ashwaghanda or my new facial cleanser. but reading all of these side effects and comments makes it very clear to me …
      I really thought it would be a great product as so many girls are taking it!

  159. Thankyou for this article. I was looking for information on negative side affects as I noticed I felt irritated a few hours after taking Ashwagandha. So I experimented with random days and found it happened every time. I also wonder if it was a poor quality product. Threw the rest away.
    Again, great article.

  160. I saw tiktoks discussing ashwagandha so I added to my daily supplements, I’ve been diagnosed with depression and anxiety I can 100% confirm that I can barely get out of bed in the morning anymore. My mental health has only gotten worse, and I’ve felt a lot more numb emotionally as of late. Ashwagandha is definitely not for everyone so just hope people keep that in mind 🙂 .

  161. I started ash about a week ago. N day 5 I wasn’t feeling real good. Day 7 my heart is pounding. Upset stomach, headache, can’t sleep, breathing issues. I took this for long covid but it’s made it very much worse. I hope the side effects leave soon. It should be banned

      1. Hi Levi,
        Try researching NAC (N-acetylcysteine) for breathing issues…amongst many other health benefits.
        Hope this helps.

    1. hey there. its been about 3 months since you posted… about 2 months for me. just wanted to check in. for me the breathing problems continued until today. try belly breathing.

    2. Not sure if you’re still struggling but maybe look into NAC (N-acetylcysteine). Claims to be good for COVID, long COVID, breathing issues amongst others.

  162. I have a history of anxiety and depression had stoped Paxil 6 months ago but have been very stressed due to financial and work stress. I started taking Asgwanda and L Theanine for the past 3 days twice a day.. felt calmer at first but I totally lost it today and had a mental breakdown. I’ve taken a Xanax and am now calmer but stopping it immediately. Didn’t see that coming..

  163. I became deathly ill and had to be rushed to the hospital 4 times. I had every test in the book. Nobody could figure out what was wrong. They thought I might have mersa but did not. Finally I began to research what I had injested each time. It was a tea that had the herb in it and enzymes a dictor had suggested. Since then I have not taken it and it’s been about 6 years now with no more incidents. The last time I tooknit I was in the hospital for 4 days. I check all labels now.

  164. Hello,

    Thanks for asking! Yes, my experience was bad.
    1. Hot! Was burning up at night and waking up red in the face, blotches, and drenched in sweat.
    2. I did sleep, but fitfully and not restfully.
    3. Itching. I itched so bad I thought I would go crazy.
    4. Headache. A sick headache that just seemed to encompass my whole body. Ick! I couldn’t function with the headache.

    I stopped taking it after 10 days and within 24 hours woke up feeling the demonic alien had left my body.

    By the way, I suffer from hypothyroidism, hypertension, some autoimmune disorder (not yet diagnosed, but my sister has lupus), and prediabetes. Please also worn that taking Ash with Baclofen (muscle relaxant) causes breast cancer in women. I was shocked to find this out. I take Baclofen regularly. I googled how Ash would interact with each of my medicines and was shocked about Baclofen. I’m going to stop taking Baclofen all together.

  165. Dude, this herb has royally screwed up my system! I was taking it for a little over a month before finding out all of this ^ stuff. It has made my anxiety and insomnia HORRIBLE. Also lead to some weird muscle cramping and twitching, like every day.

    I stopped taking it two days ago. Still waking up with panic, early, early in the morning, and still have trouble sleeping / staying calm through the day.

    When will this stuff leave my system? I eat 100 percent clean, exercise regularly, drink a bunch of water. Get it outta me!!!

    1. Very interesting article this! I’m on day 4 of taking 700mg split into two doses. Have bipolar disorder and had been having big anxiety so thought I’d give it a whirl. So as far as anxiety goes, a definite reduction. However, I can’t sleep. I lie there perfectly happy but just cannot go to sleep. I eventually do but I only get a couple of hours and it doesn’t feel restful. This morning I also noticed nausea for the first time. One weird side effect has been over salivating. Strange taste in mouth.
      After reading this I’m going to stop taking it I think.

    2. Hey Natalie, I hope you’re feeling better! I had similar reactions to Ash and started researching how long it would take to leave the system. I read it’s 2-3 days for the water soluble elements to leave and up to a month for the fat soluble. I started doing pressure point massages at night for the adrenals and with water and exercise it seems to help it move out faster. Hope this helps you or someone else!

      1. Hi Natalie! This is exactly my experience! Insomnia (which I never had) and anxiety (which I did have mildly) has gone through the roof and am in a constant state of panic. I only took it three days and stopped Monday night (it’s not Wednesday). How long before you felt it was out of your system with this approach? So glad you’re feeling better!

  166. I have had 2 violent episodes of nausea , vomiting and diarrhoea and almost lost consciousness as a result. Was taken to a medical center and was put on the drip for several hours because I lost so much fluid. I took the ash for less than 2 weeks but the side effects were unbearable and dangerous. I have never had such a traumatic reaction to a supplement in my life. I also take medication for my thyroid problem but my Ayurvedic doctor didn’t take this into account when he prescribed ash. I decided to stop using it.

    1. I’m thinking the same for me. First time I had violent vomiting and diahorrea, like it was food poisoning. That’s what I thought initially. I couldn’t get off the bathroom floor. I was dragging myself to the door to call for help and an ambulance. I didn’t go to hospital but came so close. Next few days I felt so dreadfully ill with extreme dehydration. I have Hashimoto’s and tonight, after taking one Ashwagandha, I am up clutching the porcelain bowl again. I’ve only had it a few times. Last two times have been awful. Never again. Ever.

  167. I took Ashwaghanda yesterday morning and it made me feel ‘wired’ – heightened anxiety (moderately severe – felt like ‘jumping out of my skin!). It also kept me awake all night(gut felt like it was churning all night, and colicky pain in the afternoon and early evening. Conversely, I spite of the heightened anxiety, I also felt severely fatigued, and needed to have coffee to get any energy to get jobs done- very bad reaction! I have pyrroles, low zinc, high copper, histamine imbalance (?methylation issues?), and anxiety (occasional mild depression issues). Wish I’d read your blog first – wouldn’t have taken it! It’s helpful to know this going forward, though🥴…

  168. I did not know that this herb boost the immune system. I took it for several weeks and have an awful response. It caused my scleroderma to flare (my tight skin increased many fold in my feet and legs and I could hardly walk. It has subsided a little after a week but still bad. Caused me to leave notes in my home in case I died suddenly.

  169. Has caused severe nausea, vomiting, stomach cramps and diarrhea. Diarrhea lasts several days. Did not realize it was the powder the first time around. Tried it in my shake about 3 weeks later and realized it was what was causing me to get so sick. Has happened twice. I wouldn’t tell anyone to take this.

  170. Anytime I take ashwaghanda I get overly emotional, sad, generally depressed and reactive. I will cry for seemingly no reason. And I only figured out it was the ashwaghanda because my mom said it made her feel sad and I finally put it together. I bought a probiotic recently and didn’t realize it also had ashwaghanda in it and was a wreck for several days before I noticed. I’m glad there are people spreading ALL the possible effects instead of talking about how wonderful this herb is for everyone. My mom and I have two completely different personalities and our brain chemistry is polar opposite. I have problems with depression, low motivation, procrastination and love stimulants. She can’t drink a cup of coffee without feeling jittery. So the fact that it made both of us react in the same way is quite astonishing and I’m willing to bet there are just as many people out there who experience negative effects as there are people who benefit and feel better from it.

  171. My husband has anxiety issues. I picked him up some Ashwaganda and thought it could help. I mean, they sell it at Sprouts so, why not? He has been in a MAJOR depressive episode with heart racing for about a week and a half now. Like suicidal depression. Did some research and found Ashwaganda could be causing it. 😞. I feel terrible and had him stop taking it immediately.

  172. I took 1 pill/day of this through a whole box (that’s half the recommended dose. DHM Sleepful Unique Brain Sleep Enhancer – it contains ashwagandha. I was fine until half way through the second box. Then I thought I had a stomach virus for six days. I stopped taking these and suddenly no problems. Not realizing the culprit, I had trouble sleeping and took another one around 8pm. I woke at 4am vomiting. That continued a while. For the rest of thebday I had diarrhea. I stopped taking these pills and no more problems.

  173. I have taken Ashwagandha, in different forms and different doses on three occasions and had terrible reactions each time. The first time, I took in capsule form, but didn’t immediately associate what happened to me with it. Severe nausea, throwing up, and severe diarrhea and my husband almost took me to the hospital. The second time was in a collagen drink that had some. I thought, small dose, should be fine. And wasnt sure that the first time was really related to Ashwagandha. Again, nausea, diarrhea and sick for most of a day. Took me a couple days for my bowels to recover. Third time, had a new protein/vitamin drink. I was so excited about this product. All in one stop for vitamins and protein! Yay. Didn’t look close enough at the ingredients. I should have…but didn’t. Wound up most of the day feeling nauseous and had terrible diarrhea that took days to resolve. Looked at the label a little closer, and found it contained Ashwagandha!!! Apparently, after three incident, I have learned I do not tolerate it well. My question, is can you build a tolerance to it? It is worth trying? I have two bags of otherwise good product that I would love to take if I can figure out how to tolerate it.

  174. I took it yesterday for the first time. I have no known conditions that I thought would make me have a bad reaction. I’ve been feeling awful. I regularly have general anxiety so I thought it would help. Since I took it, I’ve had extreme stress, tension headaches, jaw tightness, inability to focus (where it impairs my driving), stomach issues, insomnia/nightmares, jitters, and irritability. No panic attacks, but I’m anxious for it to leave my system. It’s almost 24 hours and I still feel terrible. Glad to know I’m not alone.

  175. Every time I take it I have horrible nightmares, some of those even involving things I’m afraid of and phobias. I’m really curious as to why I don’t see any benefit (only nightmares) even when I’m following the directions on dosage.

  176. Had severe anaphylaxis reaction to this herb when it was added to smoothie at a health juice bar. Hospital. Almost died. Be careful with unknown substances. Just because it’s not regulated does not mean it will agree with your body.

  177. I have a sensitive stomach and my body usually reacts to supplements and adaptogens very quickly so results are quick to be seen. After taking half a pill (around 200mg) of Ashwagandha, I feel that my stomach is bloated. I lost my appetite for the whole day and had pretty bad stomach pain as well and had to go to the washroom a couple of times. My stomach feels weird for 2 days after taking it. My sleep has not improved as they claim although my energy level is elevated noticeably. Due to the gastrointestinal discomfort it gives me, I do not think I will take it again anymore.

  178. So, it was very interesting to read all your comments here. I am deciding to quit on the Ashwagandha today!
    I have been struggling with some anxiety and depression over the last few years. My friend suggested I try Ashwagandha as it works to take the edge of anxiety and depression for him.
    I’m a teacher and started taking at the start of the long summer holiday. For the first few weeks, it seemed okay. I’ve taken it most days for about 5 weeks. To be honest, I haven’t felt right nearly the whole holiday -but couldn’t understand why. I actually thought that my stress and anxiety levels must have been worse than I originally thought. I have had stomach aches and side muscle cramps and serious gastric bloating especially around the diaphragm area. I’ve been lethargic, exhausted and yawning throughout the days. I’ve had some of the worse anxiety/ panic attacks -where I thought I was actually losing it. I’ve been anxious about having anxiety and highly stressed over the smallest things. I’ve also felt hot and cold at times and have had crazy ‘hot’ tension headaches for several days, especially mornings and sleep times. Your site was an excellent read as it covered nearly all of these symptoms. I’ve read many articles this summer, on the benefits of the herb, but this one was a good balance. I’ve wanted the Ashwagandha to work -because I don’t want to have to take medication (hence why I kept on taking it), but on summary, my wife who has had to put up with me all holiday, has just agreed that i’ve never been this anxious or complaining about not feeling well ever!! Time to stop taking it. Thank you. (I only took a daily 450mg capsule from a recognised brand.)

  179. My wife started using it as it was recommended by several friends to help with the symptoms of menopause.
    She suggested I try it as I work in a high stress environment.
    My reaction was very bad, I had no idea what was going on. I felt I had lost control of my emotions which is out of character for me as I’m usually everyone’s rock. I was anxious, tearful, had heart pulpertation, butterflies in my stomach and felt foggy. Generally overwhelming unhappiness, I just wanted it to stop. Thankfully we looked up this article and after several days I have begun to feel myself, still a little anxious, but definitely better.

  180. I tried it because this social anxiety is beating my asz and immediately i had muscle spasms and my right feet the thing is I started taking this and vit c at the same time so I eliminated the vit c and only kept using this the pain persisted so than I stopped taking this and the feet spasm stopped as well.

    I really wanted this to work I don’t know what to do about this anxiety

  181. I have been taking Ashwaghanda about 1,200mg a day for about a year. I started taking it for my OCD, PTSD and anxiety symptoms after a friend recommended it and told me this dosage did wonders for his panic attacks. It was working extremely well for keeping my nervous system manageable, and I was taking breaks, but the last few months I did not take any breaks due to some life stressors. Now it’s resulted in even more intense anxiety symptoms and panic that won’t go away. Its much worse if I miss a dose. I cant find much online that explains what I’m experiencing, but Im starting the process of detoxing now that I have awareness. Hoping to set up a session with a local herbalist soon because googling supplements and taking them blindly was foolish and I am fully aware that I am responsible for my current condition. I wanted to share my experience in case anyone has advice or has had a similar experience with this herb.

  182. I took Ashwagandha in the form of gummies sold in WalMart , after reading the write up on the benefits of its use.
    The first day nothing, the second day I was tired and kind of disoriented, so I went to bed. The next morning when I got up I was dizzy to the point of almost fainting, I had to lay back down and once everything stopped spinning I got up, this has NEVER happened before and I was a bit worried, I did not associate it with the Ashwagandha and talked to my daughter, we went through what has changed and what if any medications I had taken and I told her the usual multivitamins, and minerals and the Ashwagandha, she suggested just stop taking it and see if the problem goes away, so I did, and everything was back to normal. Not sure if it was a fluke a week later I took it again and on the second day again the tiredness and dizziness was back especially when trying to get out of bed. So that was it. This medication or supplement does not work for me. I would suggest anyone trying to use it be VERY careful. Anything that two doses can make you faint is not something you should try to use.

  183. I have a lot of seasonal pollen allergies and that may be why I cannot tolerate ashwagahnda. It made me violently ill with vomiting and diarrhea. I had to discontinue taking the supplement.

  184. I stumbled on this site doing research on possible reasons that can explain why I have a very high level of copper in my blood. Ashwaganda was recommended to me by a family member as possibly helpful in addressing some extreme stress. As far as I know I don’t have adrenal fatigue and I’ve never heard of it before. Can you help me understand – can ashwaganda be the culprit for my high copper levels?

  185. I am glad to hear I am not alone! Ashwaghanda is causing me insomnia, lightheadedness, and hormonal acne along my chin.

  186. I have been taking Ashwagandha for about 4 weeks. It has caused my insomnia to be so much worse. It has caused severe anxiety and stomach upset. I have been waking up with a headache recently and I don’t often have headaches. Tonight it has made me feel just crazy with anxiety like I could run around the house 100 times. I thought if I continued taking it things might get better but have gotten worse. I don’t sleep at all hardly. No more for me.

    1. Dear Becky, how have you been since ? The same happened to me. Had mild PPD with anxiety and poor sleep. 2 days in and started sleeping much better but was a lot more fatigued and was not really willing to get out of bed (didn’t experience that before despite insomnia). I thought it was an ok price to pay for some restful sleep. But the anxiety got gradually a lot worse, along with major insomnia, crying spells and demotivation. Bottom line it made symptoms a lot worse within 8-14 days. Or at least both events are correlated. I’m in contact with my therapist but really hoping for the acute symptoms to subside. I’ll stop taking it from tonight and hope for the best as this is hellish.

  187. Help, I am experiencing anxiety attacks, mood swings and severe depression. I have been taking ashwaganda on and off but more on for the last eight months. These symptoms have come out of no where in the last two weeks and no other changes to my supplements or routine.

  188. My situation is odd and doesn’t make a lot of sense.
    My brain never responded well to most anxiety meds prescription wise and I have always enjoyed herbs, so was giving this a try.
    I was taking at night and it was helping immensely — lower stress, good mood, and weight loss (I had been stuck at my weight loss goal for two years!! ) — however, every night I took it my insomnia has grown worse and worse until I wasn’t functioning/missing work due to lack of sleep.

    So, I switched to daytime. Unfortunately for some VERY odd reason if I take during the day I tend to get irritable and stressed, the weight loss stopped, and all the benefits stopped. The insomnia disappeared, however.

    I will say I wasn’t taking it consistently during the day so I am going to give it one more go for a few weeks daily, I LOVED the benefits when taking it out night but could not keep up with the extreme insomnia side effect.

    You’d think I would get the same benefits during the day but apparently not. My brain is so odd.

  189. Sherry Marie Smith

    I had a protein drink that had ashwagandha in it. I took a few sips abd was feeling like I was voing to pass smoith out. At first, I didn’t realize ut was the drink. I was at work (an office job) and just started drinking a lot of water. I drank about a quart of water and then took a couple more sips of the protein drink. Again, started feeling like Ivwas going to pass out, and drank another quart of water. By this time I was actualky hungry, so I took a couple if gulps of the protein shake, which had the same effect, and thus time I realized it must be the shake. Ashwagandha was the only ingredientin it that I didn’t recognize as something my body is okay with.

  190. I bought a bottle of Ashwaganda and took just 1 capsule of 400 mg. That night I had terrible diarrhea which lasted 6 days. I am not sure it was the Ashwaganda but I am afraid to try it again.

  191. Ashwagandha gave me terrible breathing problems. I was literally gasping for air as I was falling asleep. Not exaggerating. It also made me feel weak in general, but the breathing was the worst part. It was in a pre workout supplement that I bought because my usual one was sold out. I used as directed, though I can’t remember the dose. Got progressively worse as I was taking regularly until my breathing was, like I mentioned, as if I was gasping for breath (again, important to note this is not an exaggeration). When I stopped taking it, it stopped. It was during lockdown, so I tried taking it again to test it, thinking maybe I had had Covid and didn’t know. But again, I had extreme breathing problems that would start up a few hours after consuming. It was the only thing I had changed/newly introduced into my diet. I immediately stopped again and threw away the remaining product. I now make sure any supplements I purchase are ashwagandha-free. Be careful people!

    1. Yes! This is happening to me after being on ashwagandha chewables since Feb 3, 2023. I noticed my throat swelling up and I’ve been waking up gasping for air. It’s as if my body Is forgetting to breathe. I thought I was developing sleep apnea until I finally put the pieces together and realized it was the ashwagandha. I’m throwing these away and steering clear. I too had crazy dreams, brain fog, frontal headache, and tiredness. Stay away from this stuff!!! I’m hoping the side effects go away soon.

  192. I have Ulcerative Colitis, I have only taken it for one day but it has given me an extreme gas reaction. It smells horrible, my ulcers flared and I became very bloated. I was in the bed all day and did not want to be active at all, but weirdly I didn’t feel anxious or depressed like normal. Lol I was confused

  193. It has to be taken in very small quantities ( 1 very small coffee spoon ) per day. And 2 wks then rest 1….
    I ve learned with experience in the last years or so.

  194. Each time I’ve tried it, same results. Extreme fatigue. But it seems to interfere with my cognitive abilities. My focus was altered and I would have strange lapses where simple words would disappear. Not a good reaction but I tend to be super sensitive to supplements.