Does anyone have any experiences with taking ashwagandha? I am taking it because I have low cortisol (fatigue during the day and sensitivity to loud noise during the night) as well as hypothyroidism (cold body temp and hair loss).
I just started it today with the recommended amount of 800 mg a day and I'm not sure if that's what's making me so excessively hungry. I didn't change my diet or anything. Does ashwagandha increase appetite?
when I try anything that stimulates the adrenals I get extremely dehydrated. I think that it is becasue the herb stimulates the whole gland which also regulates salt. But no one has confirmed that for me and it is just an assumption. Hunger may be caused by an increase in cortisol since the hormone does affect blood more of it in the blood could increase your appetite to meet your body's demands. Again, just an assumption and what I have realized over the past 6 years of dealing with this issue is you can never get a clear answer on anything.
That is very interesting... Is it only when you take things like ashwagandha that causes you to be extremely thirsty? For me, I'm always thirsty even when I am not taking any herbs or supplements.
Hmm, that could be why I suddenly got so hungry. But today is the second day of taking ashwagandha, and strangely enough, the excessive hunger is gone. I thought my body temperature was finally starting to increase (I felt pretty warm last night and didn't have to wear socks to sleep, lol) but now i'm back to feeling cold. What is going on with my body?
I had heard that ashwagandha helps with sleep, but I slept the same as I did all other nights: terribly light. I wake up way too easily... I swear even the sound of a pindrop would startle me.
Would like to hear if it helped anyone here with their sleep.. Maybe I need to give it some time.
Sorry to hear about the symptoms, I hope withania starts helping.
Withania (AKA ashwagandha) is generally safe to take as part of a cocktail of supplements. So, for me at least, it's hard to seperate out the effects of it alone. But I used it, had no big side effects from it, but it did seem to regulate things better. I found licorice more powerful though. (Licorice tea is nice to down regulate highs.)
Withania is an aptogen - it helps rebalance the HPA. i.e. reducing the highs and increasing the lows. If you're taking it near bedtime it may increase the low cortisol during sleepy time. So maybe take it in the am, and maybe an hour after lunch? (Personally I'm reducing my afternoon rhodelia as I'm having a bout of seasonal overly early waking. It seems to help.)
I have been taking 600 mg of Ashwaganda for about 2 weeks. As with every other supplement I have tried for A.F. in the last two years, I have noticed no effect.
That said, I do trust the ancient records that attest to Ashwaganda's (and other herb's) effectiveness. It is probably causing improvement imperceptibly, slowly and gradually.
I am going to continue with it, and start on Rehmannia, as well.