Withania: Questions – Answers

Answers to Patients’ Frequently Asked Questions

What will this herb do for me?

Withania has not undergone much scientific investigation in humans, so it is difficult to predict what effects will occur using this source of information. However, according to traditional usage and other studies, it may improve stress responses, reduce symptoms of anxiety, improve memory and mood, increase red blood cell production, increase immune responses and promote weight gain and is useful in convalescence.

When will it start to work?

Symptoms of anxiety and stress improve within 3 months’ continual use. It is not known when other effects start to develop.

Are there any safety issues?

The herb should not be taken in pregnancy, and used with caution in people sensitive to the Solanaceae family of plants.