Posted by eleuthero on Jul 16, 2012 | Verified Purchase
Be careful with this one. It is standardized to 4,5% withanolides per capsule which is equal to ~10 grams of the whole herb - already over the common recommended daily dosage. It can have tranquilizing and hypnotic effect with two capsules. After quitting long-term (couple of months) use of this in recommended doses I had withdrawal symptoms similar to quitting benzodiazepines. It is a powerful herb especially when extracted so strongly. Use only when really needed (stressful times, occasional sleep aid) and not for too long periods continuously. I find half or even 1/3 of a capsule effective. It seems that consuming food/carbohydrates bring out the effects faster. I gave 1 star just to make my warning more noticeable. This is still quality supplement but has to be used with caution.
Posted by iHerb Customer on Feb 26, 2010 | Verified Purchase
Had immediate negative side effects after taking one dose including rapid heartbeat, chills, lack of coordination, insomnia, bad dreams, and panic. Overall a very bad experience and ended up throwing the unused product away. Other reviews on the internet have also indicated negative side effets, talk to your doctor before taking this product.
Posted by iHerb Customer on Sep 08, 2014 | Verified Purchase
It's not the herbs fault! But, after much research it turns out this is a very common thing with this particular herb. Be careful if you have any sensitivities whatsoever. I have never been allergic to any herbal supplement before so, it was rather scary. I was itching uncontrollably!
Posted by iHerb Customer on Jun 26, 2011 | Verified Purchase
When I took this with the Bacopa, I had difficulty breathing and almost passed out. Did not try to take it on its own.
Posted by HruChn on Oct 16, 2008 | Verified Purchase
Posted by iHerb Customer on Aug 25, 2014 | Verified Purchase
Within 45 minutes of using this product I began to itch like crazy. I had to take Benadryl to control it. I am grateful that I now use Maca from the company NOW and it works wonders.
Posted by iHerb Customer on Dec 05, 2008 | Verified Purchase
This didn't seem to help me with stress at all. I only took 2 of these, and it actually seemed to make me more stressed!
Posted by iHerb Customer on Sep 21, 2008 | Verified Purchase
After reading how this herb was beneficial for stress, low libido, decided to try it, and so far have felt no benefit in either.
Posted by iHerb Customer on Mar 11, 2011 | Verified Purchase
Was hoping that this would help with stress and anxiety levels as well as sleep, but I haven't noticed any changes or effects from taking this. Otherwise, NOW Foods is a great brand.
Posted by iHerb Customer on May 27, 2014 | Verified Purchase