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What is an adaptogen? If you’ve seen or heard the term just recently, you may think adaptogens are a trendy, new, fleeting health craze. Not true. These natural plants have been used for centuries in Ayurvedic and Chinese healing practices.
Adaptogen is a term used in herbal medicine to describe a plant or natural substance that helps the body adapt to stress and exerts a normalizing effect upon bodily processes. Although the plant substances have ancient healing traditions, the term was coined in 1947 to describe plants that protect the body against physical, mental, and emotional stress by strengthening the immune system.
The term adaptogen doesn’t describe a single family of plants, but instead a collection of qualities a plant may have that strengthen the body and stimulate a healthier stress response. These plants can work in different ways and are purported to “adapt” to what the body or mind may need at that moment in time.
While these herbs have a long-standing record in traditional Eastern medicine, the overwhelming demands of modern society have people in the West looking to adaptogens as a solution to normalize and elevate mood, increase energy levels, improve sleep and reduce stress and anxiety levels. They help you deal with the stress and anxiety of work, family and our modern day pace.
Ashwagandha is our personal favorite, but other common adaptogens include Asian ginseng, holy basil, maca root, and rhodiola rosea. It is always a good idea to consult with your physician before introducing anything new to your diet to ensure you have no negative effects.
Often considered adaptogen royalty, ashwagandha is a traditional ayurvedic herb that has been used for thousands of years to help us better adapt to the stressors of life. Before the advent of modern medicine, our ancestors turned to nature’s bounty to support their health and wellness. The root of the Withania somnifera plant, commonly known as ashwagandha, has found special use in Ayurvedic, Indian, African and Unani (Grecco-Arab) medicine. For over 6,000 years it has been used to promote a balanced youthful state of physical and mental health.*
Many who use ashwagandha describe it as strengthening and soothing at the same time. It is no wonder this plant is growing so popular in our modern stress-filled lives. Ashwagandha is like a massage for your mind ⏤ stimulating and soothing at the same time.
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