62 of 65 people found the following review helpful
on September 26, 2011
This has the same effect for me as a shot of whiskey can do for your anxiety / thinking too much about unnecessary or non existing potentially bad scenrarios. I take 2 pills 30 minutes before work. It has helped. The bottle recommends 2x 200 mg twice daily. I have no taken the liberty to take a 2nd dose yet, as im trying to avoid any tolerance. Overall it has helped calm my nerves, less irritability, more empathic with customers. I combiine this with a cup coffee to inmprove overall 'alertness' however, since I am also a security guard. I use this only three or four days of my work week.
44 of 47 people found the following review helpful
I started taking Ashwagandha a while ago to help relieve anxiety symptoms. I work from home, and sometimes I can feel like the walls are closing in on me. Not all the time, but when it does hit me it's a terrible feeling. I get very shaky and nervous, and imagine all sorts of more serious problems are at hand from the slightest ache or pain, which can very well see the situation spiral out of control. (The old "feeling of impending doom" thingy that true anxiety sufferers know all too well I'm afraid). Though I have taken a mood support supplement in the past for years, it never made me feel so totally relaxed as when I started combining it with Ashwagandha. I actually couldn't believe how good I felt after taking it the first time. I just felt so relaxed, unhurried, and content. It was as good as any miracle drug could be at the time I promise you. And I have been taking it ever since, and still feel its working continuously at taking the edge off and making me feel more secure and relaxed all the time. One capsule morning and night it all it takes. And you will even sleep much more soundly with it. I only wish I had found it years ago...
I have tried several brands of this in the past, and keep coming back to the Swansons for the price, and more importantly the brand has never disappointed me. I've taken other supplements by them as well, and still do, (including Lycopene and CoQ10). The price is very reasonable, as well as always available and shipped quickly here on Amazon, and as mentioned before, consistently effective. If you have a problem or a history of stress/anxiety disorders I highly suggest you try this before that horrible feeling of the deep end being just up ahead overwhelms you. I can't promise it will be as effective for you, but for me personally it's working wonderfully, and I won't be without it again... : )
47 of 50 people found the following review helpful
on September 19, 2011
great cuts my sugar craving down to nothing! very good for women and belly fat..I would recomend this product to anyone..
62 of 69 people found the following review helpful
on November 14, 2012
I began using Ashwagandha a month ago and am using a different brand. Out of respect for the Marketer, I wont' mention the brand but if you look up my other reviews you can find which one I've been taking successfully. This review is about Ashwagandha in general and it's effects on me. Which are very different than many of the reviews.
I read many reviews on Amazon and originally bought it for sleep and than found it had the opposite effect.
So Ashwagandha is a two sided coin. For some it comes up tails and promotes rest and sleep, for others it promotes wakefulness energy and concentration.
Herbal Supplements have different effects on different individuals. Ashwagandha is considered an Adaptogen. If you need to be calm it acts in that way, need sleep it may cause sleepiness. For me though it acts as a stimulant.
I've waited a month to write this review to see if I develop a tolerance or a negative reaction. The answer is no.
For me Ashwagandha has had an enervating effect. I take it in the morning and find myself much more energetic, my mood is elevated, I'm not tired and my productivity at work has increased. I find that I'm more focused and my thought processes are dead on. I also find it makes me a little more aggressive. Possibly it's the extra energy.
Consult with your Dr if you are being treated with other medicines, it is purported to stimulate the Thyroid adn that may not be a good thing for some people
It's your choice to accept or ignore the Dr's advise. Traditional Doctors don't understand Botanical Supplements.Web Md has a list of interactions with different medicines.
It may upset some individuals stomachs especially if taken on and empty stomach and if this symptom materializes,try taking with food.
I have tried Ginkgo, Rhodiola, Huperzine A. Ginkgo worked for a little while and than I developed a tolerance. I don't believe I ever had as positive an effect from Ginkgo as from Ashwaganda. Rhodiola did give energy but I found it didn't help concentration. Huperzine A I had a very bad reaction to and unbalanced my system. Remember that everyone has different metabolism and reactions, so you might try 1 or all of these 3 and your result would differ from mine.
In summation, For me Ashwaganda has been a strong stimulant, both promoting wakefulness while enhancing mental thought processes. But according to the literature and from many reviews it will not affect everyone in this way. Good Luck!!
67 of 75 people found the following review helpful
on January 30, 2010
I don't have good health Insurance so I always research to see what alternatives I would have as far as natural herbs go. I tried this and it has helped me quite a bit. I don't feel like my heart is pounding outside of my chest! It really helps calm me, great product!
47 of 52 people found the following review helpful
on November 18, 2012
Let me start by saying, I was very skeptical that any natural products can heal you. I will also give a run down of my ailments.
I have 2 ruptured disks in my back, fibromyalgia, endometriosis, anxiety and panic attacks, and I never sleep. I was on a huge list of meds that I absolutely hated taking, but had no choice. I read up on the Ashwagandha Root and decided to try it, what did I have to lose?
I started with 2 capsules at bedtime. Now normally at bedtime, I took a Xanax, a muscle relaxer, and narcotic pain medicine just to be able to relax, keep my pain manageable, and get about an hour of sleep before I woke up. I did this every night, slept an hour, woke up an hour, slept and hour, etc. The first night I took the Ashwagandha, I didn't take the Xanax, muscle relaxer, or narcotic. I slept for 3 hours before waking. That sounds bad, but it was so much better than the usual. I repeated this every night.
Not only am I more relaxed, my pain has somewhat subsided. Not completely, but it's tolerable. Better yet, I'm not putting those awful drugs in my system. I have not had a Xanax or narcotic in 2 weeks and counting. I have had to take a muscle relaxer now and then when the pain gets unbearable from muscle spasms, but much less frequently.
I can't say much about the Ashwagandha root making me feel out of it or loopy like other reviews, it did not have that effect on me, I never felt drugged or out of it or loopy. I have noticed my tolerance for idiots and my patience has increased since taking it, so it does provide a calming effect without the "glassy, loopy eyes, who cares", effect Xanax has. Read the ingredients, it's all natural, why not give it a shot and just see if it makes a difference in you? It did for me and the biggest plus was getting off addictive drugs that are not good for you. As always, consult with you doctor on everything you take and never stop a medicine you take regularly abruptly. Some medications require that you be weaned off of them to prevent withdrawals and sometimes seizures or worse.
That was my experience and I'll be purchasing more.
52 of 60 people found the following review helpful
on June 12, 2012
I've tried several over-the-counter remedies for chronic stress, including L-Arginine, Ginkgo, Ginseng, all without any noticeable effect at all. In comparison, Ashwagandha is amazing. I have no idea why this product is not more well-known and popular.
For me, Ashwagandha produces a calming effect very quickly, within about 15 minutes. Not only that, it does not fade quickly at all. It seems to help the entire day. The effect was felt from the very first dose. I take the recommended dose: 2 pills twice a day.
I don't want to overstate the case here, but Ashwagandha has literally changed my life in the last few weeks. It provides quick, long-lasting stress relief, and does so without side-effects.
I don't take any supplement without looking at medical studies about results and side-effects. Other than slight fatigue, which may in fact be just the calming effect, I've not experienced any negative side-effects. The positive effects, however, are numerous. I can't provide a link in this review, but you can read an overview of the medical studies on Ashwagandha by searching Google for "Scientific Basis for the Therapeutic Use of Withania somnifera (Ashwagandha): A Review"
25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
on July 2, 2011
My wife tells me she has the ability to remember a lot more due to using these pills. You have to use them over time and they will have an effect. You cannot take it once in a blue moon, they are not made to work in that way.
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on May 15, 2011
It takes few weeks to feel the difference in your mood but once you start feeling the advantage ashwagandha you will need it everyday. it is awesome!!
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on June 11, 2012
Decent price on an item that claims to help you adjust to stress. Been on it
for a year now. I'm a 70 year old actor in L.A. I do a lot of auditioning and
a fair amount of film work. I'm not having any trouble learning 2 full page speeches and extended scripts, and I never even perspire any more-- the biggest
challenge is driving in L.A. I feel more alert than ever. This could be helping.
Swanson has a huge array of stuff- you can get it all from one house