Monday, January 30, 2012

Great Natural Stress Reliever and Energy Booster with Adaptogenic Herbs

Looking for Natural Ways to Reduce Stress and Increase Your Energy Levels?
Then, Adaptogenic Herbs May be Your Answer...

When you’re just not feeling right, a little of your game, run down, and/or low on energy, then adaptogenic herbs may be what you need and have been looking for. 

What are adaptogens?
The word adaptogen is used by herbalists to refer to a natural herb product that increases the body's resistance to stresses such as trauma, anxiety and bodily fatigue. In the past, these “magic” herbs have been called rejuvenating herbs, qi tonics, rasayanas, or restoratives. All adaptogens contain antioxidants, but not all antioxidants are necessarily adaptogens and adaptogenic functions are probably not their primary mode of action.

History and Research
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.

What do adaptogens do?
Very simply, adaptogens are nontoxic in normal doses, produce a nonspecific defensive response to stress, and have a normalizing influence on the body. They normalize the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis (HPA axis). Some commonly used adaptogens are eleuthero, ginseng, agaricus blazei, ashwagandha, maca and jiaogulan. It is claimed that adaptogenic herbs are unique from other substances in their ability to balance endocrine hormones and the immune system, and they help the body to maintain optimal homeostasis. Adaptogens have a normalizing effect on the body and are capable of either toning down the activity of hyper-functioning systems or strengthening the activity of hypo-functioning systems. For example, an adaptogen might lower blood pressure in someone who has high blood pressure, but it might raise blood pressure in someone who has low blood pressure. 

These are amazingly powerful herbs for people looking to boost their general state of well-being and normalize their energy levels.  Often found as a single ingredient product, many healthcare professionals have found greater benefit from a combination synergistic formula, like Adaptostym.

In Health,
Naturally Botanicals