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Can you pay for ashwagandha with an HSA?

Are you wondering if you can pay for ashwagandha with an HSA? You may also be wondering if this item is eligible or ineligible for use with your HSA funds, or if it qualifies for reimbursement.

No, unfortunately you can't use your HSA to pay for ashwagandha. In fact, if you do pay for ashwagandha with you HSA, you may be subject to a penalty.

More details about ashwagandha

Ashwagandha, also known as withania somnifera, Indian ginseng, poison gooseberry, or winter cherry, is a supplement used in alternative medicine. It is also commonly used in traditional Indian medicine (Ayurveda).

Ashwagandha is purported to have positive effects on the immune, endocrine, and CNS systems, as well on various cancers and inflammatory conditions, but clinical evidence is limited.


Please note that it's always best to check with your HSA administrator or health insurance provider to confirm if you can pay for ashwagandha with your HSA card before making any purchases.

A good rule of thumb is that if your doctor diagnosed you with a specific medical condition or ordered a treatment, product, or prescription specifically for you, your HSA should cover it. Sometimes your HSA will even cover items that it normally wouldn't if you have a letter of medical necessity signed by your doctor. Again, you should check with your HSA administrator before any purchase if you have any questions about an item being eligible or ineligible.