Why I don’t use Ashwagandha for Alopecia

Why I don’t use Ashwagandha for Alopecia

I’ve gotten questions about the use of Ayurvedic medicine as part of a ‘natural’ healing for Alopecia and autoimmunity.

I don’t use Ayurveda or Ayurvedic medicine for my daughter’s Alopecia. I don’t use any herbal, traditional, or natural medicine either. No naturopathic approach and no homeopathy either. I’ve written another post about why here and here.

I have talked about this in another post a few months back why traditional medicine is still medicine, and still has side effects.

Some of you have asked me about ashwagandha. I don’t use this product, and here’s why.

Not everything natural is good or safe

21% of 193 Ayurvedic medicine products tested to contain toxic heavy metals: lead, mercury and arsenic.

95% of these products are sold by US websites and 75% claimed Good Manufacturing Practices.

All PRODUCTS exceed standards for acceptable daily intake of toxic metals.

A good supplement should not have any side effects

Hemolytic anemia and abdominal pain were reported following ingestion of ashwagandha/mucuna pills containing high amounts of lead.

Reported cases:

Overactive thyroid: In a 32-year-old woman following ingestion of ashwagandha capsules for chronic fatigue. Symptoms resolved after discontinuing ashwagandha.

Irregular heartbeat, dizziness: 2 cases were possibly associated with the use of herbomineral preparations that contained ashwagandha.

Elevation of liver enzymes, skin rash, fatigue, fever, edema, and diarrhea: In patients with advanced stage high-grade osteosarcoma, following use of Withaferin-A.

Burning, itching, and discoloration of skin/mucous membrane: In a 28-year-old man after taking ashwagandha for decreased libido.

If you have hormone-sensitive prostate cancer, Ashwagandha may increase testosterone levels.

If you are taking benzodiazepines, anticonvulsants, or barbiturates, Ashwagandha may have additive effects.

If you are pregnant, Ashwagandha may induce abortion at higher doses.

A truly good and safe approach must be safe for everyone, sick or healthy, pregnant or breastfeeding, children or elderly. And that’s the approach that I use.

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