On ashwagandha, and the forced marriage of herbs and dietary supplements

On ashwagandha, and the forced marriage of herbs and dietary supplements

Withania somnifera is one of the most promising herbs on the market today. But does the U.S. regulatory paradigm limit its potential to impact human health?

Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) is probably the most potent plant named for the smell of horse sweat. And it really works—or at least it does for me, and for the thousands of others from which a growing body of modern human clinical evidence is being cultivated. (Not to mention the myriad thousands for which the herb has been prescribed over the five millennia of Ayurvedic practice.) Looking over the herb's properties and the thousands of studies to its name got me thinkin

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