Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Adaptogens, Powerful Healing Herbs

What are Adaptogens?
Adaptogens have the most broad-spectrum healing properties of any herbal medicines. One of their primary values is that they specifically relieve stress. The main effects of adaptogens are an increased availability of energy during the day, a reduction of stress feelings, increased endurance, greater mental alertness, and deep and restful sleep. Adaptogens also significantly accelerate the recovery process after illness and sports activities. 

Adaptogenic herbs include eleuthero, ginseng, agaricus blazei, ashwagandha, maca and jiaogulan. Adaptogens reduce stress and boost energy, while correcting hormonal imbalances in the body.

An Adaptogen herb can improve the body's adrenal and immune function and ability to adapt to stress, trauma, anxiety and fatigue while having an overall normalizing and balancing effect. 

Adaptogens are protective and raise an individual's resistance to physical, chemical, or biological stresses. Over half a million people were given eleuthero (an adoptogen) after the Chernobyl nuclear accident in 1986, to help counteract the effects of radiation.

Knowledge about adaptogens dates back thousands of years to ancient India and China, but serious scientific study did not begin until the late 1940s. In 1947, Dr. Nikolai Lazarev defined an adaptogen as an agent that allows the body to counter adverse physical, chemical, or biological stressors by raising nonspecific resistance toward such stress, thus allowing the organism to “adapt” to the stressful circumstances. An adaptogen is nontoxic to the recipient. An adaptogen produces a nonspecific response in the body—an increase in the power of resistance against multiple stressors including physical, chemical, or biological agents. An adaptogen has a normalizing influence on physiology, irrespective of the direction of change from physiological norms caused by the stressor. 

An adaptogen energy supplement boosts recovery and has the power to normalize the physiological functioning of organisms suffering from various physical problems (homeostasis). 

In Health,
Naturally Botanicals