Adaptogens are a unique class of healing plants known for helping to balance, restore, and protect the body. As naturopathic physician Edward Wallace noted, adaptogens don’t have a specific action. They help us to respond to any stressor, normalize physiological functions and increase the resistance to the adverse effects of long-term stress. Moreover, adaptogens are a tonic, strengthening the immune system and increasing a general sense of well-being.
These are some of the most powerful adaptogenic herbs:
Panax Ginseng is considered to be the most powerful type of the 11 different varieties and it offers numerous benefits such as:
- Supporting heart health
- Lower the risk of stroke
- Treating erectile dysfunction
- Increase alertness and improve thinking
- Reducing the instance of colds
Frequently referred to as Indian ginseng, ashwagandha it’s known to relieve anxiety and help regulate the immune system.
These are some of the ashwagandha’s benefits:
- Improving one’s mood
- Preventing and treating cancer
- Supporting brain health
- Increasing sex drive
- Menopausal support
- Boosting memory
Holy basil offers soothing properties that have been used for centuries to promote better health. Now it grows in many tropical climates across the globe, though it’s native to tropical Asia. It can be especially effective for treating fatigue and contains many anti-stress compounds. However, it doesn’t stimulate like ginseng.
Holy basil offers a number of other benefits such as:
- Treating acne
- Cancer protection
- Managing blood sugar
- Reducing cortisol levels
This adaptogen is also called a golden root. It offers calming effects and is a standout when it comes to dissolving excess cortisol in the blood. Rhodiola has been used by athletes, military personnel, and even Russian cosmonauts. What makes it so effective is a phytochemical called salidroside which relieves anxiety and combats premature aging. It can protect the liver and heart, improve memory, protect against exposure to toxins, and even extend longevity.
Eleuthero is a shrub that grows in China and Russia. Also called Siberian ginseng which is not a true ginseng but it does possess adaptogenic properties. Moreover, it can support your brain health, boost your energy and immune system.
Well-known as the “mushroom of immortality” and a tonic that can promote longevity. It’s extremely anti-inflammatory, it can help treat fatigue, cancer, heart disease, respiratory issues, and liver ailments. Recent studies have revealed that reishi can reduce inflammation and increase the release of natural killer cells. This makes it ideal for naturally treating cancer and preventing heart disease.
This balancing herb contains all five flavors (spicy, salty, bitter, sweet, and sour). Schisandra berries are a powerful adaptogen providing a stabilizing effect on the entire body.
These are its benefits:
- Boosting liver function
- Aiding adrenal function to help prevent adrenal fatigue
- Improving physical and mental endurance
- Detoxing the liver
- Healing illness and disease