Hi to everybody.
I would like to describe how well I feel after usage of ashwagandha. I hope this will help to somebody with the same problems I had before.
I'm 30 years old in excellent physical condition (running, gym...). I don't drink alcohol or smoke. All my life I tried to live as healthy as possible. However, when I was 20 I experienced symptoms like lack of motivation, sleeping problems, anxiety, depression, hyperactivity, drowsiness, speech problems, brain fog, I never had enough air and I was the one in the office always opening the windows, even during the cold weather, I always felt hot, sweating a lot, lots of headache, without confidence and with hot flashes. ... Coffee, guarana and red bull helped a lot from the beginning (I started to take during the college) and I was full of energy but I felt like bipolar (first almost manic and then burned out). All this was a shock for me because I never felt like this before. I used to be very happy and optimistic person.
I thought that I have a problem due to the weather change. One day I was full of energy, motivated, full of confidence and in a good mood, and another day I was depressed, unable to speak clearly, with hot flashes and lack of confidence, sweating like crazy. I was concern that I'm bipolar. I stopped drinking coffee, red bull and guarana in order to avoid anxiety.
When I started to work my symptoms were the same but stronger and I was getting even worse. 6 months ago I experienced first symptoms of panic attacks and every day I was anxious and had this strange feeling in my chest. Totally lack of self confidence. When somebody asked my a question I didn't know the answer (meetings) I was shocked, totally panicked. I felt like I will start to cry. I was unable to do any presentations in front of the people. Totally afraid. My heart felt like it will jump out from the chest.
I thought that I have symptoms of agoraphobia or panic disorder. I tried with herbal supplements. First I tried Valerian and I felt great but only for one week. Then I tried brahmi (bacopa monnieri) and I also felt great but my I was always to focused and I didn't feel normal and had strange feeling in my head. After few months of use brahmi made my anxiety worse. Then I tried fish oil. This was the biggest mistake. I felt terrible. Anxious like never before. Then I started with Rhodiola but similar effect like brahmi. One day I was great, another terrible, sweating and very anxious. Again, had this feeling like I will star to cry when I was speaking with somebody. Every question towards me was like somebody pointed a gun and I need to fight for my like. This is how I felt.
I was sure that I have big problems with my nerves but the I ordered Ashwagandha! First I was mixing ashwagandha with brahmi and rhodiola. Bad combination, I was only sleeping better due to asgwagandha, nothing more.
Then I decided to quit brahmi and rhodiola and continued with ashwagandha only. I used to take 250 mg of extract in the morning and 250 mg before bed. When I raised dosage to 750 mg per day my life completely changed. It is hard for me to describe this feeling, but I feel like I felt when I was in my high school, even better. I take 250 mg of extract in the morning, at 7 or 8. Then during work I take another pill (at 12:00 or at 1:00 pm) and again at 9 pm.
With this higher dosage (I take asgwagandha made by Himalaya) I'm back to normal and I feel great whole day. Every bad symptoms disappeared after I raised daily dosage from 500 mg to 750 mg and when I took ashwagandha 3 times a day (and not only one as before) and without mixing with another herbs. This is amazing. No more hot flashes, no more lack of self confidence, my speech ability improved, no more brain fog, drowsiness, sweating, headaches or sleeping problems. Nothing that I described above. Just amazing. No more anxiety or panic attacks. When somebody speaks to my I feel like I have invisible shield. No more that bad feeling like I will start to cry. In the past two weeks I never opened a window in my office. I have enough air, just like every other colleague in my office. Every day in the past two weeks I'm the same person without mood swings. This is not placebo effect because I tried all kinds of stuff and nothing helped.
Sorry for long topic, but can somebody who understand this more than me explain what happened to me. All this tells to me that I have physical and not psychical problems. From what I read, ashwagandha supports thyroid and adrenal glands. Does this mean that my thyroid or adrenal glands is not 'working' as it should? What ashwagandha really did to me to stop all the bad that I was dealing with almost 10 years? Should I go to see the doctor to check my hormonal level? Since I'm in a excellent physical condition I never thought that I have some problems with thyroid, adrenal glands or problems with high cortisol.
What could be the root of my problem considering that ashwagandha helped?
Edited by Andrey_81, 21 May 2012 - 08:21 AM.