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The Health Benefits And Uses of Ashitaba

Written by Regina Victoria Boyles, MD · Pediatrics

Updated Sep 20, 2023

The Health Benefits And Uses of Ashitaba

Ashitaba (Angelica keiskei) is an herb that grown and popularly used in Japan. It is part of the same family as carrots, celery, and parsley, with the edible and medically important parts of the plant being the roots, leaves, and stems. These can help prevent thrombosis, cancer, and the progression of diabetes.


The active constituents of ashitaba include vitamin B12, chalconoids, furocoumarins, flavonoids, psoralen, bergapten, xanthotoxin, and angelicin. Studies also show that ashitaba can function as a cosmetic ingredient, anti-inflammatory, antineoplastic, and potent antioxidant.

Vitamin B12 is important in maintaining healthy blood cells and nervous system. Chalcones work to prevent thrombosis, cancer and tumor growth, as well as the progression of diabetes. Flavonoids have antioxidant and anti-aging properties.

Ashitaba is used to prevent and treat:

Precautions & Warnings

What should I know before using ashitaba?

Herbal supplements are generally safe to take in moderate amounts as directed by a health professional. However, because most herb and food supplements are not approved by the FDA for treating and preventing specific diseases, recommended daily values are not always established.

Despite being advertised as “all-natural” or “safe,” natural or food supplements must still be treated as conventional medication. Certain herbal preparations can interact with other medications you are taking, thus increasing the risk of adverse drug reactions and even toxicity.

Before using this medication, inform your doctor if you:

  • have ever had an allergic reaction to ashitaba or other supplements
  • have a history of allergy to other medications, food, or other substances
  • are taking other medications
  • have underlying health conditions.

Is it safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?

There is insufficient data regarding the use and safety of ashitaba during pregnancy. Thus, pregnant women should use it only if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk to the baby, as determined by your doctor. Similarly, breastfeeding mothers should seek doctor’s approval before taking using ashitaba.

Side Effects

All supplements have the potential to elicit side effects even with normal use. Many side effects are dose-related and will resolve when it is adjusted or at the end of therapy.

Potential side effects while using this supplement include gastrointestinal discomfort and hypoglycemia (low blood sugar). It is possible experience some, none, or other side effects. If you have any concerns about a side effect or it becomes bothersome, consult your doctor or pharmacist.


To avoid any potential drug interactions, you should keep a list of all the drugs you are using (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products) and inform your doctor and pharmacist.

If you experience an adverse drug interaction, stop taking this drug and continue taking your other medication. Inform your doctor immediately to reevaluate your treatment plan, as your dose may need to be adjusted, substituted (with another drug), or discontinued.

Does food or alcohol interact with ashitaba?

People can take ashitaba with or without food. If you experience any gastrointestinal discomfort, taking this medication with meals may prevent this symptom. It is also important to drink enough water while taking this medication.

The liquid extract preparation of ashitaba may contain alcohol. Thus, alcohol consumption should be limited to prevent intoxication, especially for children or adults who need to drive or operate machinery.

Inform your doctor or pharmacist if you have any concerns regarding food-drug interactions.

What health conditions may interact with ashitaba?

This supplement should be taken with caution if you are allergic to any of the ingredients. If you have any concerns regarding specific health conditions, inform your doctor or pharmacist.


The information provided is not a substitute for professional medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult your doctor or pharmacist before using ashitaba.

What is the dose of ashitaba for an adult?

The recommended dosage of this drug has not been established for treating any specific disease or condition. Consult with a doctor for the appropriate indication and dosage.

What is the dose of ashitaba for a child?

Health experts do not recommend ashitaba for use in children, as the recommended dose has yet to be established. Consult a doctor or pharmacist for alternatives.

How is ashitaba available?

This supplement is available in the following dosage forms:

  • Capsule
  • Leaf powder
  • Tea

What should I do in case of an emergency or overdose?

In case of an emergency or an overdose, call your local emergency services or go to your nearest emergency room.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose of this supplement, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your regular dose as scheduled. Do not take a double dose.


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

Written by

Regina Victoria Boyles, MD


Updated Sep 20, 2023

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