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Ashwaghanda - How Does it Work?

Hey Coach,

hope you got off to a great start in 2020.

Could you speculate how Ashwagandha works?

I thought maybe it’s dopaminergic or increases dopamine because it raises testosterone and improves sexual function in studies which L-Dopa (Mucuna pruriens) does too.

Why I’m asking is because I got a few stressful weeks ahead of me and wanted to give Ashwagandha a second try but for that I’d need to know what it does, so I can lay out the best protocol.
If it’s just a stimulant like caffeine (ASW improves cognitive function in studies) then I’d take it only a few days and then drop it, if it’s a GABA mimetic id take it in the afternoon to slowly calm myself down, and so on.

Would be great if you could give some recommendations otherwise I’m left with trying out what works.

Thanks in advance. Have a good week!

Similarly to magnets.

Have you tried rhodiola?

Yes I don’t like it. I get erectile dysfunction from it haha

Okay just wanted to report back. Took 550 mg for 4 days. I had a big anxiety relief from it which I struggle with at a low level but the drawbacks were nasty:
Insomnia (took it in the morning!)
Low blood sugar -> was hungry all the time
Aggressiveness
Red eyes (probably lack of sleep)

Since it is known to increase thyroid hormones, I guess all these side effects stemmed from that.

It was a complete extract. No ksm-66.