Ashwagandha supplements can improve female sexual health

Data published in Cureus​ indicated that eight weeks of supplementation with KSM-66 Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera​) produced statistically significant improvements in measures of sexual function in 80 healthy women, including desire, arousal, lubrication, orgasm, and sexual satisfaction, compared to placebo.

The research suggests potential natural ways to improve sexual health, with some studies suggesting that up to 40% of women may suffer from poor sexual function.

“Significant improvements in FSFI [Female Sexual Function Index] results and FSDS [Female Sexual Distress Scale] results have been seen with Ashwagandha,” report scientists from Vedanta Hospital, DY Patil University School of Medicine and Prakruti Hospital, all in Mumbai.

“Oral administration of a standardized Ashwagandha root extract for eight weeks improves female sexual health in otherwise healthy women who do not have any hormonal disturbances.”

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According to a monograph from the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia (AHP), the herb has a history of use in Ayurvedic medicine that dates back 4,000 years to the teachings of the renowned scholar Punarvasu Atreya and in subsequent works that make up the Ayurvedic tradition. The herb’s name derives from Sanskrit and means “horse-smelling,” referring to the strong odor of the root, which is said to smell like horse sweat or urine.

According to HerbalGram’sHerbal Market Report Ashwagandha Herbal Supplement Sales Reached $92 Million in the US Mass Multi-Outlet Channel in 2021, an increase of 226% over the previous year. This surge saw ashwagandha jump to number 7 on the mainstream channel bestseller list. In 2019, the herb was only number 33 in this channel.

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