Ashwagandha for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Anxiety is notoriously difficult to treat and the success rates of treatments with pharmaceutical drugs are low. Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) is a herbal treatment for anxiety. Obsessive compulsive disorder is a form of anxiety, and a number of studies have therefore evaluated the effects of ashwagandha as a treatment for this disorder. For example, in one study researchers investigated the effects of ashwagandha in patients by administering either 480 mg per day of the extract, or a placebo. All patients were currently undergoing treatment through the use of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor drugs. The results of the study showed that the ashwagandha was significantly more effective at reducing symptoms compared to the placebo following six weeks. In addition, the patients reported no adverse effects from the ashwagandha, suggesting that it was both effective and safe. These results support other studies that have shown that ashwagandha is an effective treatment for various forms of anxiety. 

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Jahanbakhsh, S.P., Manteghi, A.A., Emami, S.A., Mahyari, S., Gholampour, B., Mohammadpour, A.H. and Sahebkar, A., 2016. Evaluation of the efficacy of Withania somnifera (Ashwagandha) root extract in patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder: A randomized double-blind placebo-controlled trial. Complementary Therapies in Medicine. 27: 25-29

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