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Ashwagandha vs Anxiety Meds: Pros and Cons

Updated: Jan 13

Ashwagandha and anxiety medications can both be used to manage symptoms of anxiety, but they have different pros and cons. Here are some of the key differences:

Ashwagandha Pros:

- Natural and derived from a plant, which can appeal to those looking for more holistic or natural remedies

- Has been shown in some studies to reduce symptoms of anxiety

- May have other benefits, such as improving sleep, reducing stress, and boosting immune function

Ashwagandha Cons:

- Fewer studies have been conducted on ashwagandha compared to anxiety medications, so its effectiveness is not as well-established

- May interact with certain medications, such as immunosuppressants, so it's important to consult with a healthcare provider before use

- The quality of herbal supplements can vary, so it's important to buy from reputable sources

Anxiety Medication Pros:

- Proven effectiveness in reducing symptoms of anxiety

- Fast-acting and can provide relief quickly

- Available by prescription, so a healthcare provider can monitor its use and adjust dosage as needed

Anxiety Medication Cons:

- Can have side effects, such as drowsiness, dizziness, and sexual dysfunction

- May be habit-forming and have withdrawal symptoms when stopped

- Some anxiety medications can interact with other medications or substances, so it's important to disclose all medications and supplements to a healthcare provider before use

Ultimately, the decision to use ashwagandha or anxiety medication to manage anxiety should be made in consultation with a healthcare provider. They can provide personalized recommendations based on your medical history, current symptoms, and other factors.

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Penny Layne
Penny Layne
Nov 27, 2023

I love ashwagandha, and am really enjoying your blog! I am a new-to-the-area functional and integrative nurse practitioner, and also offer primary care, but ashwagandha is one of my go-to supplements for clients. I think of it for clients who are exhausted, not just physically but emotionally. It's a calming and harmonizing herb, great for supporting the adrenal/stress system. When you are so tired sleep isn't even helping, or you feel burnt out, this is the best herb for support. Great as a tincture so I love that you offer that. It can also be good as a tea or added to a milk infusion if a powder. Add a teaspoon or two with some cinnamon and honey, and you…

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