Our current lifestyles produce multiple scenarios where stress can develop. Even if you don’t think you are uptight, your body may be reacting making you tired, irritable, and lowering your immune response. In order for an herb to be considered an adaptogen it must be non-toxic to the body, increase the body’s resistance to all kinds of stressors including chemical, emotional and physical, and it would provide a normalizing effect without side-effects.
Adaptogenic herbs must also be capable of re-regulating the pituitary and adrenal systems which control our flight or fight response. When these glands recognize a ‘threat’ they release hormones such as cortisol or adrenaline. When the stress becomes chronic these hormones become pervasive. Adaptogens help to balance adrenal function by supporting the adrenals, thus counteracting the effects of the stressor.
Ashwagandha is a well-know adaptogen that contains withanolides that boosts resistance to fatigue and stress. Another herb, Rhodiola rosea includes salidrosides and the compounds rosavin, rosin and rosarin that are responsible for the stress-reducing effects and like ashwagandha moderates cortisol levels. Deer antler velvet is considered to be a natural adaptogen, restoring homeostasis to an unbalanced body by helping where it is needed. In addition to helping reduce stress and support normal cortisol levels, deer velvet works to support the body processes that help reduce pain and inflammation in joints and has been used for 2000 years in Asia as a treatment for menopausal symptoms. Holy Basil is also an herb that has cortisol-mitigating action and is used frequently for adrenal fatigue although long-term use is not recommended for people on blood thinning drugs or who are being treated for blood sugar issues such as diabetics. Link to Velvet Antler Click Here
Link to Rhodiola Click Here