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Adaptogens Reduce Physical and Mental Stress

Adaptogens are plant based compounds that help you adapt to stress in your environment and reduce damage from that stress. They are found in a variety of plants. Among those found effective in animal and human trials are:

Rhodiola rosea photo

Rhodiola rosea photo by peganum

  • Rhodiola rosea
  • Panax Ginseng
  • Holy Basil
  • Ashwagandha (Indian ginseng) (Withania somnifera)
  • Eleuthero (Eleutherococcus senticosus or Siberian ginseng)
  • Schisandra (Schisandra chinesis)
  • Astragalus root
  • Licorice root
  • Rhodiola (Rhodiola rosea)
  • Cordycep mushrooms
  • Rubus coreanus (Korean black raspberry)
  • Pseudosasa japonica (Arrow Bamboo)
  • Anoectochilus formosanus (genus of orchid)
  • Camellia sinensis (evergreen shrub)
  • Allium sativum (species of onion)

Your body’s reaction and adaptation to stress typically goes through three stages:

  1. The alarm reaction when stress is detected
  2. Adaptation / Resistance as the body takes measures to counter the stress
  3. Exhaustion when the body can no longer cope adequately

Plant adaptogens can increase the ability of the body to cope with and adapt to various environmental sources of stress without experiencing exhaustion. The role of the adaptogen is to moderate the response so the coping with stress can go on for longer periods of time.

The following timeline shows typical coping scenarios. Without adaptogens the stress response is higher, using more resources, and eventually become exhausted. The response with adaptogens shows a milder response that lasts longer and can continue to cope with the stress. Continue reading