Stress And Adaptagenic Herbs

Two herbs which have adaptogenic properties are:

is considered a chi tonic–more specifically a tonic for the yang chi–in traditional Chinese medicine. This ginseng is usually given to people who display yang deficiency–weakness in muscles, voice and constitution, for example–and is generally best avoided by those who are well muscled and large with a tendency to bursts of anger. Numerous studies support Asian ginseng’s effectiveness at improving a person’s ability to withstand stress, improve work performance and quality, and enhance mental function. (2) It has also been shown to increase the release of adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH), which stimulates an increase in adrenal hormone secretion. It also can counteract the shrinkage of the adrenal gland caused by corticosteroid drugs.(3)

A classic adaptogen, Asian ginseng has been shown to increase RNA and protein content in the muscle and liver tissue of laboratory animals. (4)

That same process may be the biochemical mechanism that makes ginseng such a highly regarded tonic. Asian ginseng is said to tonify the chi and the lungs while strengthening the spleen and stomach and calming the spirit. Studies show this ginseng to be antidepressant, antidiabetic and antihypertensive. (5-6)

Evaluating the effect of Asian ginseng in various forms–cooked, dried and fresh root–in 1,987 cancer cases, researchers found that the risk of developing certain cancers in a population that used ginseng for at least one year was less than the risk for the general population. The risk continued to decrease with use up to 20 years. In the study, ginseng was found to protect against cancers of the mouth, esophagus, stomach, colorectum, liver, lung, pancreas and ovaries. Thus, the authors conclude that ginseng has a protective effect in most cases of cancer. (7)

Our Ginseng is positively superb, and accompanied with cordyceps mushroom and green tea

Ashwaganda (Withania somnifera) is often called Indian ginseng, seemingly to group it with the ginsengs because of its similar actions. Though unrelated to other ginsengs, it appears to share their many properties and actions. Considered a tonic, an alterative, an astringent, a nervine and a sedative, (8) ashwaganda has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for more than 2,500 years. Recent studies show ashwaganda to be immuno-modulating and to aid in cases of anxiety and other psychological complaints. (9-10)

Ashwaganda is found in our stress relief product


1. Selye, H. Stress in Health and Disease (Butterworths, 1976)

2. Murray, M. & Pizzorno, J. Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine: 499. Rocklin, Calif.: Prima Publishing, 1990

3. Shibata, S., et al. “Chemistry and pharmacology of panax,” Econ Med Plant Res, 1: 217-84, 1985

4. Wichtl, M. Herbal Drugs and Phytopharmaceuticals: A Handbook for Practice on a Scientific Basis: 237. Bisset, N. Ed. Stuttgart, Germany: Medpharm Scientific Publishers, 1995

6. Farnsworth, N.R. Tile and Till, 59: 30-32, 1973

6. Bensky, D., et al. Chinese Herbal Medicine: Materia Medica: 451. Seattle, Wash.: Eastland Press, 1986

7. Yun, T.K. & Choi, S.Y. “Preventative effect of ginseng intake against various human cancers: A case-control study on 1,987 pairs,” Cancer Epid, Biomarkers and Prev, 24(3): 221-29, June 1995

8. Upadhaya, L., et al. “Role of an indigenous drug Geriforte on blood levels of biogenic amines and its significance in the treatment of anxiety neurosis,” Acta Nerv Super, 32(1): 1-5, 1990

9. Ghosal, S., et al. “Immunomodulatory and CNS effects of sitoindosides IX and X, two new glycowithanolides from Withania somnifera,” Phytother Res, 3(5): 201-6, 1989

10. Bhattacharya, S.K., et al. “Anti-stress activity of sitoindosides VII and VIII, new acylsterylglycosides from Withania somnifera,” Phytother Res, 1(1): 32-37, 1987

above sourced from a former healthe news newsletter

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One Response to Stress And Adaptagenic Herbs

  1. Anaemia says:

    Its an interesting site.

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