Adaptogens are a special category of herbs that help the body adapt to the effects of the stress response.
The ‘fight or flight’ response is triggered by the release of hormones, intended to prepare us to deal with threatening or dangerous situations, or run for safety, but the body reacts in the same way in response to stress. Stressful situations activate the nervous system to release hormones that stimulate the adrenal glands to produce cortisol hormone (also known as stress hormones), which increase blood sugar (glucose) levels, quicken breathing, increase heart rate and blood pressure, tense up muscles and cause sweating. Elevated levels of cortisol over long periods can affect the thyroid and adrenal glands, and the wellbeing of the entire body.
Adaptogens help to mitigate the body’s stress response, helping to balance hormones and reduce the risk of adrenal fatigue, which can occur when the body experiences continuous, or chronic stress. Adaptogens are a great ally to the body when dealing with persistent stress, helping to keep reactions to stress at an appropriate level. Well respected in Traditional Chinese Medicine, adaptogenic herbs have many other health benefits that support energy, stamina, libido, immunity, balanced mood and mental focus.
Eleuthero also known as Siberian Ginseng is traditionally used to support the whole body during times of emotional stress. In Traditional Chinese Medicine it is used to boost energy and vitality, and is beneficial when recovering from mental exhaustion, strenuous exercise and stress induced fatigue.
Research reveals Schisandra has antioxidant properties and is often used in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Schisandra is a general tonic, to combat fatigue, and promote vitality, endurance and longevity.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine Astragalus was used to protect against physical and mental stress and to combat fatigue. A natural source of antioxidants and flavonoids this adaptogenic herb is also thought to support the immune system.
These highly-prized mushrooms have traditionally been used to promote ‘longevity and protection’. Known as ‘Mushroom of Immortality’ in ancient Chinese medicine they support the immune system, and are said to relax and calm mind and body, relieving day to day stress.