Are Adaptogens for Me?

 

Adaptogens are herbs that are used to cure the body of a variety of ailments.  Adaptogens are special because they protect the body from physical, mental, and emotional stress.  For this reason, they are widely claimed to help prevent and recover from cancer!

 

Using adaptogens to heal the body is a practice that has been performed in China for thousands of years.  They are a strong backbone of Chinese Medicine Theory.  And now, adaptogens are becoming available in the western world!  Here are a few adaptogens that you may be interested in trying:

 

  • American Ginseng (Panax quinquefolius): used to treat and prevent the common cold
  • Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera): known for reducing anxiety, stress, and cortisol
  • Asian Ginseng (Panax ginseng): also used to treat colds
  • Cordyceps (Cordyceps sinensis): used to increase libido
  • Dang Shen (Codonopsis pilosula, C. tangshen): increases appetite and energy
  • Eleuthero (Eleutherococcus senticosus): boosts brain performance
  • Green Chirayta (Andrographis paniculata): helps cure colds and respiratory infections
  • Holy Basil (Ocimum sanctum, O. gratissimum): balances the body’s systems and reduces stress
  • Jiaogulan (Gynostemma pentaphyllum): lowers cholesterol and blood pressure
  • Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra, G. uralensis): antiviral and anti-inflammatory
  • Reishi (Ganoderma ludicum): supports the immune system
  • Rhaponticum (Rhaponticum carthamoides): increase energy and stamina
  • Schisandra (Schisandra chinensis): treat infections and improve skin health
  • Siberian Ginseng (Eleutherococcus Senticosus): increases mental performance

 

If you’re interested in experimenting with adaptogens, it is always best to consult your doctor first.  Once you know you’re good to take these herbs, I recommend purchasing from a reliable vendor such as Gaia Herbs.