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What is ashitaba used for?

Ashitaba is a large herbal that grows in the central region of Japan. Its root, leaf, and stem are used to make medicine.

It is used for treating:

Women use it to increase the flow of breast milk.

How does it work?

There are not enough studies about how this herbal supplement works. Please discuss with your herbalist or doctor for more information. However, there are some studies showing that ashitaba works as antioxidants. Other chemicals might block secretions of stomach acid.

Precautions & warnings

What should I know before using ashitaba?

Consult with your doctor or pharmacist or herbalist, if:

  • You are pregnant or breastfeeding. This is because, while you are expecting or feeding a baby, you should only take medicines on the recommendation of a doctor.
  • You are taking any other medicines. This includes any medicines you are taking which are available to buy without a prescription.
  • You have allergy with any substances of ashitaba or other medications or other herbals.
  • You have any other illnesses, disorders, or medical conditions.
  • You have any other types of allergies, such as to foods, dyes, preservatives, or animals.

The regulations for an herbal supplement are less strict than the regulations for a drug. More studies are needed to determine its safety. The benefits of taking this herbal supplement must outweigh the risks before use. Consult with your herbalist or doctor for more information.

How safe is ashitaba?

Pregnancy and breastfeeding:

Not enough is known about the use of ashitaba during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

Side effects

What kind of side effects may I have from ashitaba?

If you have any concerns about side effects, please consult your herbalist or doctor.


What interactions may I have with ashitaba?

This herbal supplement may interact with your current medications or medical conditions. Consult with your herbal healer or doctor before using.


The information provided is not a substitute for medical advice. ALWAYS consult your herbalist or doctor before using this medication.

What is the usual dose for ashitaba?

The recommend dose is around 2000 mg to 3000 mg a day.

What form does ashitaba come in?

This herbal supplement may be available in the following dosage forms:

  • Raw Ashitaba Tea 50 grams

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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Review Date: April 22, 2017 | Last Modified: December 5, 2019

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