Adaptogens are primarily herbs which increase the body’s resistance to physical, biological, emotional and environmental stressors. They are unique from other substances in their ability to balance endocrine hormones and the immune system, and they help the body to maintain optimal homeostasis.
Most of the herbal adaptogens that have been identified are used in either Ayurveda or Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), they include:.
Ayurvedic Herbs: Amla, Ashwagandha, Guduchi, Holy Basil, Licorice, Shatavari, Shilajit
Chinese Herbs: Asian Ginseng, Astragalus, Codonopsis, Cordyceps, Eleuthero, He Shou Wu, Jiaogulan, Licorice, Lycium, Prince Seng, Reishi, Schisandra
Western Herbs: American Ginseng, Rhaponticum, Rhodiola
Herbal Adaptogens Fitting into the Modern Age by Christopher Hobbs L.Ac., A.H.G.
ADAPTOGENS: Herbs for Strength, Stamina and Stress Relief by Steven Maimes and David Winston, RH (AHG)
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