Why You Should Take Ashwagandha With Milk

Why You Should Take Ashwagandha With Milk

According to Ayurveda, the traditional medical system of India, it’s best to take Ashwagandha with milk. Why?

In Ayurveda, a ‘vehicle’ (anupana) is a medium of administration of any herbal medicine to assist the action of that herb. It forms an integral part of Ayurvedic treatment (chikitsa). The herb (oushadha) becomes more potent when given with a suitable vehicle (anupana) by considering the stage and strength of the patient and disease.1

In this article, you will learn…
The Healing Properties Of Milk
Therapeutic Use Of Milk
What Is Ashwagandha?
Why Ashwagandha With Milk
Ashwagandha In Modern Research
The Medicinal Benefits Of Ashwagandha
Traditional Ayurvedic Remedies
Ashwagandha Milk Recipe

NOTE: To learn about all the potential uses and benefits of Ashwagandha, read Ashwagandha Benefits, Dosage, Side Effects + More.

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The Healing Properties Of Milk

According to the ancient Ayurvedic text, the Charaka Samhita, the properties of milk are beneficial to the mind and body. Milk is sweet in taste (madhu), cool (sita), soft (mridu) and pleasant (prasanna). It has a cool potency (sita-virya) and a sweet post metabolic effect (vipaka).2 Its overall characteristic effect (prabhava) is pleasing to the mind (manaskar).3

Milk is also considered the best vehicle (anupana) for the body’s seven tissue systems that are recognized by Ayurveda, called dhatus. It’s especially good for blood (rakta), bone (asthi), plasma (rasa), reproductive system (shukra) and rasa dhatu which includes plasma, or the non cellular portion of the blood, the lymph and interstitial fluids.4

Milk enhances the essence of all the tissues (ojas) as both of them possess similar properties5, therefore it is also beneficial for body tissues (dhatus). It balances Vata and Pitta. It is useful for utero-vaginal disorders (yoni roga), diseases of semen (shukra dosha) and is an aphrodisiac (vrishya).6

READ MORE: Ayurvedic Aphrodisiacs For Sexual Health

Milk is ideal for people who are debilitated due to chronic diseases and excessive activity. This includes people who walk for long distances, who speak for long hours, who indulge in sexual activities regularly, who have fasted for a long time, who have exposed themselves to the sun for a long period of time and who indulge in tiresome activities. Milk is an ideal drink for the aged and for children.7,8

Therapeutic Use Of Milk According To Time And Age

Milk used in the morning increases power (bala), body mass and appetite (brimhana). Milk taken in the afternoon increases taste and helps to break up renal stones (Kricha Ashmari Chedana). Milk taken at night alleviates various doshas. In childhood it increases appetite, prevents deprivation, and increases strength (bala). In old age milk is taken to increase semen (reta).9

Milk if taken before noon (purvahna) ignites agni or the metabolic fire. It increases aphrodisiac power (vrishya) and body mass (brimhana). The effect of milk taken between noon and evening (madhyana) is energetic (balya) and useful in renal disorders (mutrakrichhahar).10

READ MORE: Golden Milk For Arthritis Recipe (Turmeric Milk For Arthritis), How Golden Milk Benefits Memory

What Is Ashwagandha?

Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), also known as Indian Ginseng and Indian Winter Cherry, is an important ancient plant. The roots and leaves of Ashwagandha are used in Ayurveda, India’s traditional system of medicine. It is both a tonic and a sedative herb due to its adaptogenic properties.

Ashwagandha is bitter and astringent in taste, has light and unctuous properties, is hot in potency and has a sweet post digestive effect. It reduces Kapha and Vata dosha (vatakaphahara).11

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The Ayurvedic Classical Texts On Ashwagandha

According to the ancient classical texts of Ayurveda, Ashwagandha has the following medicinal benefits.

Ashwagandha is useful in male sexual dysfunctions and loss of libido (klaibya), female infertility (vandhyatva), nodular swelling (granthi), and it induces sleep (nidrajanan).12

It increases sexual desire (vajikara)13, rejuvenates the body (rasayani) and increases strength (balya). It is useful in the management of white discoloration of the skin (shwitrapaha), and in edematous conditions (shothahara) and helps to clear the toxins (ama) from the various channels of the body. It is useful in treating emaciation and under nutritive conditions (kshayapaha). It pacifies Vata and Kapha dosha and acts as a rasayana, balya, vajikarana.14,15,16

Ashwagandha also has a testosterone like effect and improves the quality and quantity of semen (atishukrala).17

(NOTE: In Ayurveda, the third pillar of health, alongside food and sleep, is Sexual Wellness. Ashwagandha is just one way to help you harness your sexual energy and bring balance into your life, as well as handle very common endocrine and reproductive issues like Infertility, Polycystic Ovarian Disease and Erectile Dysfunction. Listen to Todd Caldecott’s introduction to Ayurveda & Sexual Wellness.)

Why Ashwagandha With Milk

According to Ayurveda, milk is considered the best vehicle (anupana) for taking an herb or oushadha. The combination of herbs and milk increases the absorption of the herbs in the body, thereby promoting the effectiveness and potency of that herb.

Ashwagandha With Milk In Ayurveda’s Classical Texts

An important Ayurvedic principle that implies Ashwagandha should be taken with milk is stated in Charaka Samhita, an ancient Ayurvedic text. There is a cause and effect relationship, ‘Karya Karana siddhanta’.

The revered ancient Ayurvedic physician Charaka, while explaining this principle, says ‘Sarvada sarva bhavanam samanyam vriddhi karanam‘.18

This means, an increase in the quality and quantity of a substance or an activity in the body is dependent upon the use of similar substances or activities. And by similar we mean, having the same properties.

Ashwagandha and milk have similar properties. Both are considered a rejuvenator (rasayana).

Both Ashwagandha and milk nourish the ojas. Both bestow one with the energy to live. This is referred to as jivaniya. Their combined synergistic effect increases their potency and gives relief to the person suffering from disorders that are amenable to Ashwagandha and milk intake. The combination pacifies all three dosha.

Following this logic, Ashwagandha is best taken with milk, and this is documented in the following references.

  • Taking Ashwagandha with milk can give better results in cases of emaciation and tuberculosis.19
  • Ashwagandha treated milk is very beneficial in gaining muscular strength in emaciation.20
  • The Ayurvedic sage Sushruta indicated Ashwagandha prepared with milk as a medicated enema in vata disorders21 and ano-rectal bleeding.22

Ashwagandha In Modern Research

This herb has been studied as adaptogenic, antioxidant, anticancer, anxiolytic, antidepressant, cardioprotective, thyroid modulating, immunomodulating, antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, neuroprotective, cognitive enhancing and hematopoietic agent.23

In recent research on milk it is found that the phospholipids and glycosphingolipids present in it 24 have functional roles in a number of reactions, such as binding cations, help to stabilize emulsions, affect enzymes on the globule surface, cell-cell interactions, differentiation, proliferation, immune recognition, transmembrane signaling and as receptors for certain hormones and growth factors.

Gangliosides, one of the components found in milk, are also present in nerve tissues.25,26 Due to the presence of these components in milk, it promotes the absorption of herbs more significantly than others do.

So, milk is the best option of anupana (vehicle) for Ayurvedic herbs like Ashwagandha. Milk synergistically enhances its action on the nervous tissue and brain and other functions like boosting the immunity and growth.

Time-Tested Uses Of Ashwagandha With Milk + Traditional Ayurvedic Remedies

Please note that milk, when taken warm, is easily digestible and helps to destroy Kapha and Vata dosha. If you wish to take Ashwagandha with milk, consult your healthcare provider to ensure it’s right for you. Enjoy it in warm, boiled milk for best results.

1. Male And Female Infertility

Traditional Ayurvedic Remedy: Two grams of Ashwagandha powder twice daily with a little rock candy (misri) and warm milk.

2. Physical Weakness

Traditional Ayurvedic Remedy: Two grams of Ashwagandha powder with 125 mg of Trikatu powder.

Trikatu contains three pungent herbs: dried ginger (shunthi), black pepper (marich) and long pepper (pippali). This combination is traditionally taken twice a day with milk.

3. Osteoporosis

Traditional Ayurvedic Remedy: Two grams of Ashwagandha churna or powder along with one gram Arjun (Terminalia arjuna) and one gram of veldt grape (hadjod, or Cissus quadrangularis) twice daily with milk as a vehicle.

4. Osteoarthritis

Traditional Ayurvedic Remedy: Two grams Ashwagandha churna or powder, one gram licorice (mulethi, Glycyrrhiza glabra), and one gram Puncture Vine (Gokshur, Tribulus terrestris) twice daily with milk.

5. Nutritional Deficiency In Children

Traditional Ayurvedic Remedy: Ashwagandha Milk Tea

To make a tea of Ashwagandha powder and milk, take half a glass of water and half a glass of milk in a pan. Add one gram of Ashwagandha powder and bring to a boil. When it’s reduced to half, allow it to cool, add sugar and enjoy.

6. To Reduce High Blood Pressure

Traditional Ayurvedic Remedy: For bringing high blood pressure to a normal level, 2 grams Ashwagandha churna with 125 mg of moti pisti (a traditional ground pearls preparation) is taken twice daily.27

7. General Restorative

Ashwagandha powder with milk can also be taken as general tonic to restore vitality and for prevention.

Traditional Ayurvedic Remedy: Two grams with one cup of warm milk, twice daily.

See the difference yourself. Pick up a cup of milk and use it as a vehicle for Ashwagandha.

Delicious And Healthy Ashwagandha With Milk Recipe

You will need….

4 cups milk
10 grams Ashwagandha powder
1 tsp sugar

Directions

1. Add 4 cups milk and  10 grams of Ashwagandha powder to a pan.

  1. Simmer the mixture until its appearance turns to a thick paste similar to condensed milk. Then remove from heat.

  2. Let the mixture sit for 5 minutes. Add 1 tsp of sugar. Serve, and enjoy!

This Aswagandha milk recipe is beneficial if taken on an empty stomach. An empty stomach condition provides better absorption of the active substances of the Ashwagandha.

 

References

1 Shetty Madhan  Suresh Babu, Yogaratnakara, Vol I, Edn1, Varanasi: Chowkhamba Sanskrit bharati 2005, 116
2 Charaka Samhita, Sutrasthana chapter 27, verse 217
3 Charaka Samhita, Sutrasthana chapter 1,verse 10
4 KAA 106: Ayurvedic Herbology Dravya Guna Karma Shastra 2015 Kerala Ayurveda Academy
5 Charaka Samhita Sutrasthana chapter.27,verse 217
6 Charaka Samhita Sutrasthana chapter 1,verse 109
7 Astanga Hridaya Sutrasthana chapter 5, verse 22
8 Charaka Samhita Sutrasthana chapter 27, verse 322
9 Yogratnakar,with Vidyotini Commentary,Chaukhamba Sanskrit Sansthan, Varanasi, by Bhisagratna Brahma shankar Sastri Chapter- Kwathit-dudgha-guna, verse no 5 ;1983 p 99
10 Rajnighantu,Chaukhamba Prakash by Indradev Tripathi 3rd edition, Kshiragi-varga,verse no 23;200
11 The Ayurvedic Pharmacopoeia Of India Part- I Volume 1, Page 15
12 Dr. J.L.N.Sastry, Dravyaguna Vijnana, Study of essential Medicinal Plants in Ayurveda Vol 2, Chaukhambha Orientalia,Varanasi
13 Bhavprakash Nighantu,Sharma PV, Priya Nighantu,  Haritakyadi  varga, ChaukHambha Surabharati Prakashana,Varanasi, 2004; 27-28
14 API 2001: The Ayurvedic Pharmacopoeia of India, Part I, Volume I, 1st edition.
15 Khare CP. Indian Herbal Remedies: Rational Western Therapy, Ayurvedic and Other Traditional Usage, Botany. New York (NY): Springer; (2004)
16 (India): Komal Prakashan; (1999)
17 Medicinal Plants used in Ayurveda and Siddha by Prof. GS Lavekar, central council of Research in Ayurveda, New Delhi, Reprint 2008, Vol. 3 p 88.
18 Charaka Samhita.Sutrasthana chapter 1 verse 44
19 Sushruta Samhita Uttartantra.chapter 41 verse 42. Bhaskar Govind Ghanekar
20 Sushruta Samhita Uttartantra chapter 41 verse 42. Bhaskar Govind Ghanekar
21 Sushruta Samhita Chikitsa sthana chapter 37 verse 20
22 Sushruta Samhita Uttartantra.chapter 45 verse 40
23 K. ChandrasekharA Prospective, Randomized Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Study of Safety and Efficacy of a High-Concentration Full-Spectrum Extract of Ashwagandha Root in Reducing Stress and Anxiety in Adults,Indian Journal of Psychological Medicine
24 Jensen RG, Newburg DS. Bovine milk lipids. In: Jensen RG, editor. Handbook of milk composition.Academic Press, USA; 1995. pp. 543–575.)
25 Keenan TW, Patton S. The structure of milk. In: Jensen RG, editor. Handbook of milk composition. Academic Press, USA; 1995. pp. 5–50.).
26 Pan XL, Izumi T. Variation of the ganglioside compositions of human milk. Cow’s milk and infant formulas. Early Hum Dev. 2000;57:25–31. doi:10.1016/S0378-3782(99)00051- 1,PubMed
27 Ojha SK , Arya DS 2009. Withania somnifera (Ashwagandha): A promising remedy for cardiovascular diseases. World J Med Sci, 4(2):Page 156-158

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Mallika Varma, holds a bachelor’s degree, B.A.M.S. from State  Ayurvedic college and Hospital, Lucknow and a postgraduate degree M.S. in Kshara Sutra Avum Anushastra Karma from Sri Venkateswara Ayurvedic College, Tirupathi. She brings more than 7 years of experience in the field of Ayurveda.  She is specialized in Ayurvedic general surgery, parasurgical procedures (Kshara Jalauka, Siravedhyan, Agni Karma) and in the treatment of anorectal disorders. She is also experienced in the treatment of gastro, respiratory, genitourinary, skin and lifestyle disorders through natural herbal medicine, Yoga and Panchkarma. She has participated in many national and international seminars in the field of Ayurveda and has also presented best awarded papers on Ayurveda.

84 comments

  1. Hi, kindly suggest a good brand for ashwagandha powder available in India. And does it help in reversing and preventing premature greying of hair?

  2. What is the best time to take Ashwagandha tablet for Weight gain & Muscles Growth? Before food or after food? Plz Tell me…

  3. I have a query. I am extremely lactose intolerant to hot milk, but I can consume cold milk and some cheese. I need to take ashwganda, shilajit, safed musli and kauch ke beej powder as recommended by Baba Ramdev for some sexual problem, 1-1 spoon in morning and evening. I just wanted to update that my body has more pitt, I also have some acidity problem. So, would you advise me to take this medicine with warm water, will it still be effective?
    Also, I can only consumer 1 quarter of a spoon of this medicine as it causes some itching in the body (even with this less quantity) when I consume it. I am bit confused, I would appreciate your advise. Also I would like to know when to eat this medicine, before meals or after meals or empty stomach?

    • The Ayurveda Experience

      Hi Sahil, generally milk is considered the best carrier to digest these herbs. If one is having difficulty in consuming hot milk then cold milk, honey or ghee can be taken otherwise plain water is always an option. However, please consult an expert Ayurvedic practitioner who will determine the best carrier (anupan) and quantity of these herbs according to your body type, digestive power, present dosha status etc.

  4. Can I take ashwagandha with warm water at night before sleep time?

    • The Ayurveda Experience

      Hi Mayur,
      Please check with your health care provider to determine whether Ashwagandha is right for you or not.
      Jennifer

  5. ashwagandha build muscles

  6. Hi, is Ashwagandha good for women with low libido?

  7. Is Ashwagandha good for a female with low libido?

  8. How to take aswaganda nd satavri combo… For increase weight nd muscle… Plz tell me in detail… Time nd dose

  9. How to take aswaganda nd satavri combo for… Weight gain. Nd increses.. Plz tell me in dtail.. Time,dose,

    • The Ayurveda Experience

      Hi Ashok, both these herbs can be taken with milk for weight gain but their quantity etc varies from person to person which depends on various factors. I will advise you to consult a qualified Ayurvedic practitioner who will determine the best quantity, time of consumption etc of these herbs for you after observing your body type, digestive power, present doshas status, etc.

  10. Monica Wankhede

    Can I use Buffalo milk?

  11. Monica Wankhede

    I have hypothyroid but I’m slim and my BP sometimes is low and sometimes normal, so can I take ashwandha and shatavari both together and add in milk. Please suggest me

    • The Ayurveda Experience

      Yes, although both these herbs can be taken together with lukewarm milk, it is better for you to consult an expert Ayurvedic Practitioner who will decide the best treatment for you after determining your body type, digestive power, present doshas status and other factors which serves a great importance in Ayurvedic management.

  12. I want to take ashwagandha for gaining muscles.But confused about how
    should i take this in powder form or capsules form and what brand should i choose?

  13. Hi, I am Christina from Malaysia & 48 years old & PMS & hormone not balance cause anxiety, stress, hot flash, sweating alot, headache, insomnia & lot more, I need ur advice, can I take evening primrose, ashwaganda & bharmin for this condition, I m gaining weight due to this symthoms, I do not want to put on weight after taking any herbal consumptions, please advice me on this problem, *can this herbs make over weight after taking it * thanks you

    • The Ayurveda Experience

      Hi Christina, effect on weight of these herbs may vary from person to person. Consult a qualified Ayurvedic practitioner who will help you out in this situation after determining your body type, digestive power, present doshas status etc.

  14. What brand of Ashwagandha would you recommend? There are so many available in the market and it is hard to tell the potency or purity looking at the labels?

  15. Hi can I take Ashwagandha with cold smoothie made by milk, fruits, dates and nuts in the morning

  16. Can I boil ashwagandha and mix with honey

    • The Ayurveda Experience

      Hi Edwin,
      You can bring the milk and the Ashwagandha powder to a boil. Add the honey after it’s cooled. Ayurveda recommends that honey should never be heated.
      Jennifer

  17. Hi… Am Uma… I have severe pain on my upper back and neck which radiates to arms and fingers. I developed this as a result of long hours working on laptop and travel. Took MRI that stats degenaration of disc…. Please advise if I can come and meet you or advise if ashwagandha could help. Thanks a lot.

    • The Ayurveda Experience

      Hi Uma,
      Sorry to hear this. You should consult an Ayurvedic practitioner near you or your health care provider before taking any supplements.
      We wish you the best.
      Jennifer

  18. I’m dring in the morning ashwagadha power and evening I taking titan plus capsule for ED problem. Can improve or not Pls tell me..

    • The Ayurveda Experience

      Hi Suhail, Ashwagandha definitely helps in ED condition, but as you are already taking medicine for that, it will be better for you to consult your doctor before taking both at the same time.

  19. Can we take ashwagadha with titan plus capsule morning ashwagadha in the night titan plus capsule..

    • The Ayurveda Experience

      Please consult your health care provider or Ayurvedic practitioner near you to determine what supplements you can take together.
      Jennifer

  20. How to take ashwagandha and shatavari both with milk to increase weight

    • The Ayurveda Experience

      Hi Anusha,
      Ashwagandha and Shatavari can be taken in the quantity of 2-2 grams mixed in lukewarm milk morning and evening on an empty stomach. However, the exact dose will vary from individual to individual on the basis of one’s body type (prakriti) and present dosha condition, digestive power (agni), etc. To know the dose most suitable for you, please consult with a qualified Ayurvedic practitioner. You can also try the tonifyng milk recipe given in another article ‘21 Ways To Take Ashwagandha (Ashwagandha Remedies + Recipes)’ https://www.theayurvedaexperience.com/blog/take-ashwagandha-remedies-ashwagandha-recipes/

  21. Can i take ashwagandha powder before going to bed

    • The Ayurveda Experience

      Yes you can. That is one of the best times for the intake of Ashwagandha, provided that there is a gap of at least 2 hours between its intake and your last meal of the day.

  22. Thanks for the great article. Can I add tulsi powder to ashwagandha + milk drink ?

    • The Ayurveda Experience

      Hi Pradeep, Ashwagandha and Tulsi both have several benefits when taken in combination. You can enjoy those benefits in the form of herbal tea, without adding milk. Or you can take tulsi powder and ashwagandha with milk by keeping half an hour gap in between the two. It is better to avoid taking Tulsi with milk. Thanks for liking the article.

  23. HI
    I am a 45 yr old woman and Hypothyroid with low blood pressure(78/58).
    Should I take Ashwagandha for hypothyoid? Will it further decrease my blood pressure?
    Please advise.

    Sadhna

    • The Ayurveda Experience

      Hi Sadhna, Ashwagandha is a known adaptogenic herb and has shown effective results in hypothyroidism and high blood pressure. But as you are having hypothyroidism with low blood pressure, it is best for you to consult an experienced Ayurvedic practitioner and follow their advice on the appropriate treatment for your condition.

  24. Awesome post, I drink milk at nigh on daily basis but never thought of adding ashwagandha, but now after know it is so much beneficial I am gonna add it in my milk daily.

  25. 1/3 or more of the world is estimated to be allergic to dairy. Your telling people to drink milk without knowing if they are allergic is dangerous. Daily creates tons of phlegm which coats the bodies organs: this blocks vitamins and minerals, etc. I strongly suggest you offer credible
    alternatives to followers. The comments shown here show how different people react quite
    differently to supplements. Your quest for health and quality of life needs to be balanced with
    common sense and respect for GOOD science that, together can produce the results we all hope for.

    • The Ayurveda Experience

      Hi Dorie,
      Thanks very much for your comments. We are not telling everyone that they absolutely should be drinking dairy nor that they should do this daily. You must do what works best for you. According to Ayurveda, everyone is unique and one’s needs change daily, seasonally and even yearly. One’s needs are constantly in flux. We do recommend that, if you do choose to drink dairy based milk, it is taken warm (not cold) and is well spiced. This helps in digesting the milk solids. If you prefer plant milk, for whatever reason, then do that. If you are allergic, then certainly use your common sense and don’t drink it. Some people, in certain conditions, will benefit medicinally with dairy. It is different for everyone. To determine which milk is best for you, consult with a qualified practitioner. We are in no way saying, this is what everyone everywhere should do. What we are saying though is that if you are going to take Ashwagandha, the best delivery system for this particular herb is dairy, but that is not for everyone. Do what’s best for you. Hope that provides some clarification.
      Jennifer

  26. 1/3 of the world is estimated to be allergic to dairy. Milk products produces phlegm normally.
    Imagine the amount of phlegm created in those allergic!!! Phlegm blocks vitamins and minerals. Duh.

  27. if some one having premature ejaculation, how does it help ? How good is in sexual pleasure ? Does it help to increase sex power ? How Good in Sugar control ?

    • The Ayurveda Experience

      Ashwagandha is a potent herb in improving one’s sex life and it is effective for the management of premature ejaculation (PE). Let’s see how.

      1.Stress, anxiety, and depression are the major causes of PE. Ashwagandha is a proven anxiolytic, antidepressant, and antistress adaptogen. Several studies have shown, it is effective in nullifying the negative effects of stress, increases energy, reduces fatigue, improves sleep quality and enhances one’s sense of well-being. It also reduces cortisol levels.

      2.It produces gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA)-like activity. GABA is an inhibitory neurotransmitter in the brain. Its function is to decrease neuron activity and inhibit nerve cells from over firing. This action produces a calming effect.

      1. Ashwagandha is a strong aphrodisiac which can enhance the quantity and quality of the sperm.
      2. Ashwagandha extracts stimulate the production of nitric oxide in the body, which helps in dilating blood vessels and increasing blood flow. This is a key factor in maintaining a lasting erection. Ashwagandha allows the blood to flow more freely during sexual arousal by relaxing the body.

      3. Ashwagandha “significantly” increased serum levels of testosterone and luteinizing hormone in men. This is a hormone that stimulates testosterone production and it helps improve sexual desire.

        1. It significantly improvez fertility in both men and women.

      Ashwagandha is highly effective in balancing or lowering blood sugar by increasing insulin secretion and improving insulin sensitivity. It helps in managing stress and can reduce blood glucose up to 12% as effectively as standard prescription drugs.

  28. I m taking ashwagandha and sheelajeet along with a cup of milk nd 1teespoon1honey but after taking it i starts vomiting nd stomachaches Shud ii stop it

  29. Does it help to increase the height within gaining weight??

  30. Is this product is really effective for increasing height after 25 age?

  31. Is this recipe for one serving? Can I add the ashwagandha to my “golden milk”?

    • The Ayurveda Experience

      The recipe calls for 4 cups of milk. It will reduce a little as you heat it. I would say it is 2-3 servings. You can certainly add ashwagandha to your ‘golden milk’. Enjoy!

  32. I am suffering from PE and therefore was taking garlic cloves on empty stomach. Can I also take Ashwagandha in evening along with garlic in morning???

    • The Ayurveda Experience

      Hi Sunil, you can take Ashwagandha in a dose of 2 grams along with Shilajit in a dose of 125-250 mg in milk, twice per day for better results. But during this period please try to avoid taking garlic and heavy diet.

  33. Hello Ma’am, does aswagandha help in premature ejaculation? Iam married 30 year old suffering from PE. If yes how much dosage should be taken and at what times. If not,do you recommend any other herb? I would be grateful for your kind advise

    • The Ayurveda Experience

      Hi Zain, you can take Ashwagandha powder in a dose of 2 grams along with Shilajit in a dose of 125-250 mg in milk twice per day for better results for 1 month continuously. Avoid taking heavy diet during this period.

  34. Hi, kindly advice how to ingest Ashwagandha powder for mucinous adinocarcinoma without milk.

    • The Ayurveda Experience

      Hi Annie, you can take 1-2 tbsp Ashwagandha powder mixed with honey morning and evening. Hope this will be helpful to you.

  35. Is aswagandha good for a patient suffering from Nervousness and Depression type Symptoms?

    • The Ayurveda Experience

      Hi Sampath, Ashwagandha has excellent results on the problem which you are suffering with now a days. Try to take Ashwagandha powder in the dose of 1-2 tsp mixed with lukewarm milk on an empty stomach in the morning and evening or two hours after dinner at bedtime with lukewarm milk daily.You will definitely feel better.

  36. Thanx for the article. I have been suffering from premature ejacuation and have recently started taking raw garlic cloves in morning. Can I also take Ashwagandha powder in evening or it is not recommended to take it while eating raw garlic. Can taking Ashwagandha alone cure premature ejacuation??

  37. I think my body has increased pitta and vata dosha. If I take Ashwagandha will it aggravate pitta dosha ?

    • The Ayurveda Experience

      Hi Ashwin, you can take Ashwagandha with milk, Ashwagandha is hot in potency but by taking it with milk its hotness is pacified. You can also add 1 tbsp of cow ghee if you are pitta dominant and can enjoy its beneficial effects.

  38. Hi, I’m Suraj, I’m 23 years old.
    I’m very weak and thin too.So planning to try Ashwagandha once.Does it work to improve my Weight gain….??

    • The Ayurveda Experience

      Yes definitely, this wonderful herb is associated with increasing muscle mass and strength significantly without causing obesity. You must give it a try.

      • what brand do you suggest for muscles gain and what form either capsules or powder. What should be the timing for taking aswangdha in what quantity ?

        • The Ayurveda Experience

          Hi Ganpat,
          It’s best to consult a qualified Ayurvedic practitioner to determine the answers to your questions. We wish you luck.

  39. I am diabetic a patient. Also I am taking Allopathic medicines for Thyroid and BP. Is it advisable to take Ashwagandha along with Metformin 500?

    • The Ayurveda Experience

      Hi Dilip , Ashwagandha has hypoglycaemic activity and is also beneficial for Thyroid problem especially Hypothyroidism. You can take 3-4 grams of Ashwagandha powder with milk morning and evening on an empty stomach keeping a gap of an hour with your Allopathic Medication. But remember to keep a check on your blood sugar closely. Along with Thyroid benefits, it will also help in reducing the dose of your diabetes and blood pressure medication gradually. All the best for your speedy recovery.

  40. Bless you for such a wonderful article.

    Have one unorthodox question.
    What if I take ashwagandha with coffee.

    The reason I ask is practicality, because I am a working person where it is difficult to get hold of warm milk and I want to have it with a relatively empty stomach.
    Not early mornings because it is bad practice to have it straight after yoga.

    Not night because there isn’t much time after dinner.

    So would latte which has good quantity of milk in it outside India suffice?

  41. mam what effect when we add ghee and honey together in different ratio . can we boil or add boil water to ashwagandha to prepare a paste . what heat do to ashwagandha and mechanism and whats best temperature .thanks

    • The Ayurveda Experience

      Thanks for asking these questions. They may be useful for other readers as well. Honey and ghee should never be taken in equal quantity but when mixed in different ratio are used as a vehicle of administration (anupana) of certain Ayurveda formulations and herbs and have a therapeutic effect. Here’s one effective remedy using this principle. Take honey and ghee in a ratio of 2:1 and mix it with 1 Tbsp of Amla fruit (Indian Goose berry) powder. This paste if taken internally act as a restorative and invigorator, especially in winter. The answer to your next question is Yes, Ashwagandha powder can be taken with hot water as a decoction or as a paste. As discussed in this article, the best way to enjoy benefits of the amazing herb Ashwagandha is with milk (milk of cow/goat/buffalo/almond). But if you do not want to take it with milk then you can opt for Ashwagandha decoction or Ashwagandha paste prepared by mixing honey or hot water. Ashwagandha decoction has the extracts of Ashwagandha herb. For preparation of Ashwagandha decoction , boil Ashwagandha coarse powder and water in the ratio of 1:4. Stir continuously, do not cover with lid, boil it until the total water quantity in the vessel reduces to a quarter (1/4), then filter it. Consume it before 4 to 5 hours. Decoction should always be prepared over a mild flame. You can also have Ashwagandha powder in one more way i.e by adding 1 Tbsp to half a glass of boiling water, turn off the flame and take it after 15 min or when it turns to lukewarm. Hope this will be helpful. ~Mallika Varma, BAMS

  42. what kind of milk are we talking about specifically?

    • The Ayurveda Experience

      You can use whole cow’s milk if it’s available to you. Goat milk is also suitable. If you prefer something other than dairy you can use almond milk.

  43. Do you get the same benefits if you take the Ashwaganda in a capsule form with milk?

    • The Ayurveda Experience

      Hi Liz,
      It’s best if you can boil the ashwagandha powder into the milk, let cool and then drink. If you only have access to capsules or capsules / tablets are most convenient for you, you can chew them or open the capsule and drink with warm milk.
      Hope that helps.
      Jennifer

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