One of Ayurveda’s most important herbs is ashwagandha which is known for its ability to relieve stress. According to Wikipedia, ashwagandha also known as Indian ginseng, is from the nightshade family – the same family that brings you potatoes, tomatoes, tobacco and petunias. It has been used for centuries for a variety of health benefits. Ashwagandha is important for highly sensitive people because it is a highly effective and non-toxic way to heal the effects of stress.

  1. In Ayurveda, it is used to treat all sorts of debilitating illnesses. Ashwaghandha is a restorative herb and adaptogen, which means it helps the body handle stress. making it very helpful for highly sensitive people.
  2. It is said to confer the strength of a horse, protecting and enhancing the energy of the body.
  3. Ashwagandha is often used as an aphrodisiac and enhancer of sexual energy but is increasingly seen as a useful herb to protect anyone from the effects of modern stressful living.
  4. According to Banyan Botanicals , ashwagandha is also useful in protecting bones and joints and therefore helps with arthritis.
  5. It supports the immune system and adrenal functioning. Adrenal fatigue is often a consequence of long term stress and can result in many other physical ailments including allergies and obesity.  Natural Herbs Guide cites a study on ashwagandha which found that this herb offered a lot of antioxidants which explains its support for the immune system, its restorative capabilities and its help with healthy aging. Ashwagandha helps minimize the effects of illness.
  6. According to Ashwagandha Benefits, some people use it to minimize the effects of chemotherapy, multiple sclerosis, systemic lupus, stress-induced ulcers and osteo- and rheumatoid arthritis.
  7. Ashwaghandha helps stabilize blood sugar and supports the liver as well as the adrenals.

Highly sensitive people suffer from chronic stress and other illnesses. Although changes to lifestyle can yield many benefits, highly sensitive people often need supplements to manage their stress levels and illnesses. Ashwagandha is an herb with few side effects that can be helpful to highly sensitive people although it is not recommended for pregnant women. Since HSPs have to struggle with the debilitating effects of stress, this beneficial herb can go a long way to supporting an HSP’s need to be strong in order to function well on a daily basis.

About Maria Hill

Maria Hill is the founder of Sensitive Evolution. She is the author of The Emerging Sensitive: A Guide For Finding Your Place In The World. In addition, she has created the immersive Emerging Sensitive Program of "sensory processing yoga" using frameworks to help sensitive people master their sensitivity and turn it into the asset it can be. She also offers the Emerging Sensitive Movie Club focused on movies and discussions about living in the world as a sensitive person and navigating the challenging cultural shifts of our times. She is a longtime meditator, reiki master, student of alternative health and Ayurveda. Maria is also an abstract painter whose portfolio can be found at Infinite Shape and also very interested in animal and human rights and the environment.


  1. ashwagandha benefits, ashwagandha on March 26, 2014 at 7:24 pm

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    • Maria on March 26, 2014 at 7:26 pm

      Thanks for letting me know – I will look into it.


  2. Joseph on September 24, 2014 at 2:00 pm

    I’m a 6’3″, 176 lb, 56 y/o caucasian malesuffering from chronic pain that I have found is exacerbated by emotional stress and anxiety and insomnia. I would really like to try ashwagandha. I have ordered the powder (months ago) but would like to know the best way to take it, how many times a day and the safest amount to start with and the increments I should use to increase dosage amount to effective level.
    Please help,
    joseph massey

    • Maria on September 24, 2014 at 2:23 pm

      Hi Joseph,

      I am not an Ayurvedic doctor or specialist however, there are numerous websites that offer information. Banyan Botanicals is a respected herbal source of Ayurvedic herbs and they have written an article about how to use the powder: 1-6 grams per day. This is the link. . I hope it helps.

      All the best,

  3. sheeja paulos on July 14, 2016 at 2:38 am

    Hi Maria, I love to read Ayurveda always. Ayurveda comes with several forms of products. It can cure not only disease but also help to make immunity and central nervous system reactive.. Maria is it has any side effect if we take in excessive amount ?