Adaptogens For Stress Relief

By Tuesday December 17th, 2013Health & Wellness, Remedies

Adaptogens are herbs that enhance our ability to deal with emotional, physical, and environmental stress. They have a normalizing affect on the body, are non-toxic, and have very few side effects. They have been in use for thousands of years in China and India and are becoming a more popular subject of study since a surge in interest in 1940’s Soviet Union.

Common name Botanical Name Usage Usage
American ginseng Panax quinquefolis Plant part Used:  root
Forms & dosage: tincture, decoction, capsule
Mild CNS (Central Nervous System) stimulant and nourishing to the HPA axis
Alma Embilca officinalis Plant part Used:  fruit
Forms & dosage: tincture, decoction
Antioxidant, antihistamine, anti-inflammatory
Ashwaganda Withania somnifera Plant part Used:  root
Forms & dosage: tincture, decoction, capsule
Calming adaptogen, relieves muscle pain
Asian Ginseng Panax ginseng Plant part Used:  root
Forms & dosage:
tincture, decoction, capsule

Stimulating adaptogen for adrenal exhaustion
Astralagus Astralagus recemousus Plant part Used:  root
Forms & dosage: tincture, decoction
Immune tonic, heart tonic
Cordycepts Cordycepts pilosula Plant part Used:  mushroom, mycelium
Forms & dosage: tincture, decoction, capsule
Lung and kidney tonic, immune amphoteric
Dang shen Codonopisis pilosula Plant part Used:  root
Forms & dosage: tincture, decoction
Immune tonic, gastro protective
*Eleuthero Eleutheroccoccus senticosus Plant part Used:  root, stem bark
Forms & dosage: tincture, decoction, capsule

Immune tonic, adrenal tonic, anti-fatigue, performance enhancer
Guduchi Tinospora cordifolia Plant part Used:  root, stem
Forms & dosage: tincture, decoction
Hepato protective (protective to the liver), immune amphoteric
He shou wu Polygonum multiforum Plant part Used:  root
Forms: tincture, decoction
Supports the liver, kidney, blood, and male reproductive function
*Holy Basil Ocimum sanctum, O. gratissimum Plant part Used:  herb
Forms: tincture, tea, capsule
Supports normal cortisol levels and blood sugar levels
Jiaogulan Gynostemma pentaphyllum Plant part Used:  herb
Forms: tincture, tea, capsule
Immune stimulant, calming
Licorice Gycyrrhiza glabra Plant part Used:  root
Forms: tincture, decoction, capsule
Immune amphoteric (affects the immune system), heals stomach and bowel
Lycium Lycium chinensis Plant part Used:  fruit
Forms: tincture, decoction, as a food
Anti-oxidant, immune tonic, supports the liver, kidney, and eyes
Prince sen Psedostekkaria heterophylla Plant part Used:  root
Forms: tincture, decoction
Immune and lung tonic
Reishi Ganoderma lucidum Plant part Used:  mushroom, mycelium
Forms: tincture, decoction, capsule
Immune amphoretic, calms the shen (mind, consciousness)
Raponticum Rhaponticum carththamoides Plant part Used:  root
Forms: tincture, decoction, capsule
Immune stimulant, hearth tonic
Rhodiola Rhodiola rosea Plant part Used:  root
Forms: tincture, decoction, capsule

Immune amphoretic, cardioprotective
Schisandra Schisandra chinesis Plant part Used:  fruit, seed
Forms: tincture, decoction, capsule

Balances the nervous system, antioxidant, hepatoprotective
Shatavari Asparagus recemousus Plant part Used:  root
Forms: tincture, decoction, capsule
Female reproductive tonic, immune and lung tonic
Shilajit Asphatum bitumen Plant part Used:  pitch(plant resin)
Forms: capsule
Lowers blood sugar levels

 

* the start signifies specific adaptogens that are helpful for adrenal support
** Dosages for the individual adaptogens are as stated on the package or as directed by your health care practitioner.

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Sources:
Winston, David, Steven Maines, (2007). Adaptogens. Roachester, VT: Healing Arts Press.

Actual results may vary. The statements are not intended to imply that the results would be the same or similar for each patient. Each patient is unique and no particular result or outcome can be predicted or guaranteed. The statements in this website have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Some of these procedures may be considered experimental.

These procedures are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.