How to Dose Ashwaganda
It is delicious to take before bed! We have patients mix about 1 cup of boiling milk (cow, almond, rice, soy or oat milk) with a half-teaspoon of the powdered herb or the dried leaves. Let the mixture steep for about 15 minutes and cool. Strain and then drink. Ashwanganda is known to be quite safe in the short term of a few weeks. No long-term studies are known.
Who Should Use Ashwaganda?
Ashwanganda is best for people who are nervous and exhausted after having undergone a lot of physical and emotional stressors. It’s also excellent at bedtime for people who have insomnia. It can be used as an immune stimulant in patients with low white blood cell counts, so people who recently have undergone the stress of radiation or chemotherapy would do well drinking the tea during the day to rejuvenate their body (8).
Eleutherococcus (Siberian Ginseng)
Eleutherococcus comes from Siberia, as well as from the northern regions of Korea, Japan and China. Commonly called eleuthero, this herb is not considered a true ginseng (like Panax ginseng) because it does not belong to the same genus plant family.
How Eleutherococcus Reduces Stress
Eleuthero tea contains triterpenoid saponins, which are substances that have a beneficial effect on the body when it is stressed. The University of Maryland Medical Center website notes that Siberian ginseng tea improves blood circulation and enhances mental and physical prowess, as well as regulates the amount of stress experienced. This herb may also help the immune system fight common viruses like the rhinovirus, respiratory syncytial virus, and influenza (9).