Ashwagandha is one of the most vital herbs in the Indian Ayurvedic tradition and has been used for over 3000 years, for a wide variety of conditions. It was traditionally given to help people strengthen their immune system after an illness. It is often referred to as "Indian Ginseng" because of its wonderful rejuvenating properties (although botanically, ginseng and ashwagandha are unrelated).
How much Ashwagandha to take
The usual recommended dose is 3-6gms a day. Begin with 1/8 teaspoon, slowly increase to 1/2 teaspoon or more. Add to smoothies, juices, water, etc. For people who suffer from insomnia and anxiety, having a hot drink that contains a teaspoon of powdered ashwagandha before bedtime is beneficial.
Precautions for Ashwagandha
In extremely large doses, ashwagandha has been reported to induce abortions in animals. Although no similar studies have been carried out on humans, women should avoid the herb during pregnancy.