These uses have been tested in humans or animals. Safety and effectiveness have not always been proven. Some of these conditions are potentially serious, and should be evaluated by a qualified healthcare provider.
Diabetes (type 2):
Based on early study, ashwagandha may decrease blood sugar levels. Additional evidence is required in this area before ashwagandha can be recommended for diabetes.
Increases in urine volume have been reported with ashwagandha use. Additional evidence is required in this area before ashwagandha can be recommended as a diuretic.
The use of ashwagandha as an anti-aging agent is based on traditional use in Indian Ayurvedic medicine to promote physical and mental health, improve resistance to disease, and promote longevity. Human research is lacking in this area, and currently there is insufficient evidence to draw a firm conclusion.
The use of ashwagandha in osteoarthritis has been suggested based on its reported anti-inflammatory and anti-arthritic properties. Well-designed human research is needed to confirm these results.
There is insufficient scientific evidence to recommend the use of ashwagandha in the management of Parkinson's disease.