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 NameUsageUsage
American ginsengPanax quinquefolisPlant part Used:  root
Forms & dosage: tincture, decoction, capsule
Mild CNS (Central Nervous System) stimulant and nourishing to the HPA axis
AlmaEmbilca officinalisPlant part Used:  fruit
Forms & dosage: tincture, decoction
Antioxidant, antihistamine, anti-inflammatory
AshwagandaWithania somniferaPlant part Used:  root
Forms & dosage: tincture, decoction, capsule
Calming adaptogen, relieves muscle pain
Asian GinsengPanax ginsengPlant part Used:  root
Forms & dosage:
tincture, decoction, capsule

Stimulating adaptogen for adrenal exhaustion
AstralagusAstralagus recemoususPlant part Used:  root
Forms & dosage: tincture, decoction
Immune tonic, heart tonic
CordyceptsCordycepts pilosulaPlant part Used:  mushroom, mycelium
Forms & dosage: tincture, decoction, capsule
Lung and kidney tonic, immune amphoteric
Dang shenCodonopisis pilosulaPlant part Used:  root
Forms & dosage: tincture, decoction
Immune tonic, gastro protective
*EleutheroEleutheroccoccus senticosusPlant part Used:  root, stem bark
Forms & dosage: tincture, decoction, capsule

Immune tonic, adrenal tonic, anti-fatigue, performance enhancer
GuduchiTinospora cordifoliaPlant part Used:  root, stem
Forms & dosage: tincture, decoction
Hepato protective (protective to the liver), immune amphoteric
He shou wuPolygonum multiforumPlant part Used:  root
Forms: tincture, decoction
Supports the liver, kidney, blood, and male reproductive function
*Holy BasilOcimum sanctum, O. gratissimumPlant part Used:  herb
Forms: tincture, tea, capsule
Supports normal cortisol levels and blood sugar levels
JiaogulanGynostemma pentaphyllumPlant part Used:  herb
Forms: tincture, tea, capsule
Immune stimulant, calming
LicoriceGycyrrhiza glabraPlant part Used:  root
Forms: tincture, decoction, capsule
Immune amphoteric (affects the immune system), heals stomach and bowel
LyciumLycium chinensisPlant part Used:  fruit
Forms: tincture, decoction, as a food
Anti-oxidant, immune tonic, supports the liver, kidney, and eyes
Prince senPsedostekkaria heterophyllaPlant part Used:  root
Forms: tincture, decoction
Immune and lung tonic
ReishiGanoderma lucidumPlant part Used:  mushroom, mycelium
Forms: tincture, decoction, capsule
Immune amphoretic, calms the shen (mind, consciousness)
RaponticumRhaponticum carththamoidesPlant part Used:  root
Forms: tincture, decoction, capsule
Immune stimulant, hearth tonic
RhodiolaRhodiola roseaPlant part Used:  root
Forms: tincture, decoction, capsule

Immune amphoretic, cardioprotective
SchisandraSchisandra chinesisPlant part Used:  fruit, seed
Forms: tincture, decoction, capsule

Balances the nervous system, antioxidant, hepatoprotective
ShatavariAsparagus recemoususPlant part Used:  root
Forms: tincture, decoction, capsule
Female reproductive tonic, immune and lung tonic
ShilajitAsphatum bitumenPlant 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.

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