Ashwagandha as a testosterone booster in men and women

Ashwagandha is an Ayurvedic medicine that has been used for more than 2500 years. It has tremendous health benefits. It has thyroid modulating, neuroprotective, anti-anxiety, antidepressant and anti-inflammatory properties and many more health benefits.

Ashwagandha as a testosterone booster
Ashwagandha as a testosterone booster

Ashwagandha is translated in Sanskrit as “smell of the horse,” possibly as a double meaning: the herb exudes the peculiar odor of a horse. It is also known for its ability to increase strength, treat infertility and promote health when taken regularly.

Ashwagandha and testosterone in men:

Stress is one of the causative factor for infertility in men. This study was conducted to understand the role of stress in male infertility, and to test the ability of Ashwagandha to combat stress and to increase male infertility.

They selected 60 men with normal sperm but infertile for the purpose. They were further categorized as 20 heavy smokers, 20 under psychological stress and of 20 men the cause was unknown for their infertility.

These three groups were given root powder of Withania Somnifera or Ashwagandha at a rate of 5g/day for 3 months. The treatment resulted of a decrease in stress, the overall semen quality improved and also improved the anti-oxidants in a significant number of individuals. This treatment resulted that 14% of patients were able to pregnant their partners.

In another study, the researchers used high-resolution Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) spectroscopy to explore the scientific basis to reveal the effects of using Ashwagandha on the seminal plasma of infertile men.

Total 180 male infertile patients were administered Ashwagandha root powder at the rate of 5g/day for a 3 months period. They used proton NMR spectroscopy to measure and appraise infertility levels in men.

They found that Ashwagandha not only rebooted enzymatic activity of metabolic pathways and energy metabolism but also invigorates the harmonic balance of seminal plasma metabolites and reproductive hormones in infertile men.

They concluded that Ashwagandha can be used as a supplement to treat infertility in men.

In 2010, in another study, the researchers investigated the impact of Ashwagandha root on the semen profile, Oxidative biomarkers, and reproductive hormone levels of infertile men.

They took 75 healthy fertile men and 75 infertile men for the study.

After treating the infertile men they found that the sperm count and motility increased in them. They also found that Ashwagandha reduced stress and improved level of diverse antioxidants.

This study tried to analyze the spermatogenic activity of Ashwagandha with patients with low sperm count and the possibility of male infertility.

Total 46 number of male participated in this study. They received either 675 mg of Ashwagandha divided into 3 doses/day for a 90 days period or placebo. They estimated the serum hormone levels and semen parameters in the end.

They found that there was a 167% increase in sperm count, a 53% increase in motility among the patients who were given a placebo, the improvements were minimal.

Ashwagandha and female sexual function:

This study in BioMed research International set out to determine the efficacy and safety of 300 mg of Ashwagandha root extract supplementation twice daily for 8 weeks to improve sexual function in 50 healthy women.

They found that women displayed significantly higher improvements, compared to placebo, in sexual function scores, specially in areas of lubrication, arousal, and orgasm.


From the above study and research we can conclude that Ashwagandha can increase testosterone level in both men and women. Ashwagandha is a supplement which can benefit your overall health.


  1. Lynee January 14, 2019
  2. Hemendra January 21, 2019

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