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Friday, January 27, 2012

Adrenal Fatigue | Herbs that Support Adrenal Function and General Health

Adrenal fatigue and exhaustion is on the minds of many and is compromising the health and functionality of many people, especially with today's busy lifestyles, and it is so often overlooked, dismissed or brushed aside by western medicine.  You may very well be one of these people and still looking for answers.  How do you naturally improve adrenal gland function and health, and restore yourself back to normal energy levels? The most popular and natural way to do this is by the use of herbs and nutrients to support adrenals.

Yesterday we spoke about Phytotherapy, the use of plants and herbs for the purposes of healing and restoring adrenal health. Many people and healers around the world have practiced the ancient art of botanical medicine and followed plant-based diets for thousands of years with great success.  Below is a list of a few of the most popular and adaptogenic herbs:

ADAPTOGENS: Along with Eleuthero, all Ginsengs (Korean, American, Siberian) are adaptogens. While all nutrients are valuable and required for sustenance, only the adaptogen will prompt the body to release its own sluggish and oft-weakened powers of self-revitalization. Adaptogens help the body remain vital and healthy even under unfavorable and stressful conditions. Adaptogens affect the energy supply of cells in your brain, muscles, liver, kidneys, glands, nerves and just about everywhere else, energizing them and allowing them to function properly even when subjected to adverse conditions. There is a most important secondary effect of this normalization of the energy supply of the cells. All body cells are continuously renewed. This most basic function depends upon a pair of nucleid proteins known as RNA and DNA. An adaptogen energizes the RNA and DNA molecules to rebuild cells.

AYURVEDA ASHWAGANDHA
: has been used for 4,000 years plus in India. Generally, Ashwagandha stimulates the immune system. It has also been shown to inhibit inflammation and improve memory. Taken together with Ginseng, these actions support the traditional reputation of Ashwagandha as a tonic or adaptogen. It counteracts the effects of stress and generally promotes wellness.

CORDYCEPS: While recently been purported for their anti-cancer properties, Cordyceps are a prized antioxidant fungus that can slow aging and take a load off the adrenals by supporting the immune system, balancing the inflammatory response and helping to stabilize blood sugar. They also help restore normal functioning of various parts of the body by stimulating the immune system, benefiting the circulatory system and promoting energy, vitality and longevity. They develop strong anti-aging power and are known as a powerful anti-oxidant.

BARBERRY ROOT: A stimulant to the adrenal gland, this herb also tends to increase secretions and excretions thus improving digestion and assimilation. This is done through the activation of the lymphatic system and ductless glands.

BLESSED THISTLE: Also a stimulant to the adrenal gland. Thistle, a known stimulator due to its bitterness, tends to increase gastric and bile secretions. It is also tonifying to the liver and digestive tract.