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Dr Adrian Lopresti - The Science Behind Ashwaghanda and Saffron - Symposium 2021



Dr Adrian Lopresti - The Science Behind Ashwaghanda and Saffron - Symposium 2021

Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) is a popular therapeutic herb that is receiving increasing attention in the scientific literature. In traditional medicine, it has been used to promote youthful vigour, endurance, and strength; and is believed to nurture the time elements of the body. In vitro and in vivo trials confirm that Ashwagandha has adaptogenic, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antioxidant, analgesic, endocrinological, and neuroprotective effects. The number of human clinical trials on ashwagandha are rapidly increasing, having examined its efficacy for the treatment of conditions such as stress and anxiety, sexual function and fertility, athletic performance, pain, diabetes, and cognitive performance. In this presentation, research examining the effects of ashwagandha on mental and cognitive conditions such as stress and anxiety, insomnia, cognitive performance, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and schizophrenia will be reviewed. Clinical recommendations in terms of dose, treatment duration, extract types, and safety will also be covered to help clinicians use ashwagandha safely and appropriately in their practice.

CPD information:
ACA/ANTA/ATMS/CMA/NHAA - 1 hour of learning

Presented by, Dr Adrian Lopresti

 

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