Adaptogens

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 Popular Adaptogens

 

American ginseng

Amla

Ashwagandha

Asian ginseng ( Panax ginseng )

Astragalus

Cordyceps

Dang shen

Eleuthero ( Siberian ginseng )

He shou wo

Holy basil

Jiaogulan

Licorice

Lycium

Prince Seng

Rhaponticum

Rhodiola rosea

Schisandra Berry

Reishi Mushrooms

 

Disclaimer 

Information on the traditional uses and properties of herbs provided on this site is not presented by a medical practitioner and It is not evaluated by Therapeutic Goods Administration or FDA and its for educational purpose only. This information is not intended to diagnose, cure, treat or prevent any disease, nor should it be used for therapeutic purposes or as a substitute for your own health professional’s advice. 

 

Please note that herbs can interact with other medications. If you have any health issues or are pregnant or nursing, you should  check with your health care practitioner before self-administering any types of herbs. Just because herbs are natural does not mean that they are always safe and a herb that is suitable for you to use at one stage of your life may not be suitable at another.

Never stop taking prescribed medications in favour of herbs without discussing it with your medical practitioner or GP first.Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read.

What is an Adaptogen? 

There is an elite group of herbs called Adaptogens. Although they have been used for a long time, however the modern name" Adaptogens  " was coined  by Russian scientist Nikolai V. Lazarev  in the late 1940s to describe substances that increase the body's nonspecific resistance to stress.

According to Winston and Maimes (2007), the modern history of these incredible herbs began when former Soviet Union started looking for The Perfect Performance tonic  (p.32-33)”.

Much of the early research into Adaptogens in the 1950s was done by Lazarev's colleague Brekhman who studied Asian Ginseng,  the classic Chinese herb for longevity.

 

Together, they created a team of more than 1200 biologists, scientists and physicians to conduct their research.

Some of the unique plants that they researched lived through the Ice Age by adapting to and thriving in the most severe living conditions on Earth. Because of this Brekhman believed that they might possess qualities that could help our bodies adapt to the stresses of modern life. 

 

They investigated 4000 plants and identified 12 herbs as Adaptogens. The majority of the research was done on Eleuthero ( Siberian Ginseng ), Rhodiola, Rhaponticum and Schisandra Berries.

Research into Adaptogenic herbs continued by Russian till 1980 however Germany, Armenia, Cez, Scandinavia, China & India also conducted their own research most of which has not translated into English.

Modern Perspectives

According to Winston and Maimes (2007), there are many different perspectives on Adaptogens; 

Russian scientists say that Adaptogens increase the resistance within the body to a wide range of stressors and normalise functions. 

Ayurvedic practitioners consider them as Rejuvenating herbs while Traditional Chinese Medicine regards them as superior Tonic Herbs. 

Western researchers & scientists look at how Adaptogens regulate the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis & sympathoadrenal system.

Clinical herbalists use Adaptogens to " re-regulate " the neuroendocrine and immune systems to enhance healing and prevent stress-induced disease. (p.21)”.

Considering the overwhelming amount of research and data on Adaptogens they have known for their tonic benefits hence been used in multiple areas in health & wellness.

Modern Applications

Adaptogens been used traditionaly to help body adapt to stress and support normal function. There are so many books written on this subject . some of the typical applications of herbal adaptogens are Adrenal fatigue, Anxiety, Depression, Arthritis, Brain function, Respiratory, Digestion, Eyesight, Immune System, Liver, Sleep issues, Urinary system and athletic- performance.

Sports nutrition is an essential player in athletic- performance. In recent years Adaptogens have become very popular among some athletes. According to Canadian Academy of Sports Nutrition, athletes can benefit from adaptogens as they face many stressors such as intense training, time changes, fatigue, and pre-competition anxiety.

Adaptogenic Herbal Teas

We use these amazing group of herbs in our blends very frequently. Some of the popular adaptogenic blends are JOY, VITALITY, ADRENAL HERBAL SUPPORT, PRIME for HIM, PRIME for HER, IMMUNE 10, and LIFE RIVERS

References

Winston, D., & Maimes, S. (2007). Adaptogens: Herbs for Strength, Stamina and Stress Relief. Vermont, USA: Healing Arts Press.