Ashwagandha is an evergreen shrub that grows in India, the Middle East, and parts of Africa. Its roots and orange-red fruit have been used for hundreds of years for medicinal purposes. The herb is also called Indian ginseng or winter cherry. The herb is considered one of the most important herbs in the Ayurvedic medicine system, a healthcare practice that started in India over 3,000 years ago. Today, ashwagandha is sold as a supplement in the United States, it’s still used to alleviate many different conditions. In several studies, ashwagandha has been shown to lower blood sugar levels.
Pregnant women should avoid using ashwagandha because it can cause early delivery.