7 Herb And Root Adaptogens to Help You Relieve Stress
Both Chinese medicine and Indian Ayurveda recommend the use of a number of adaptogens. Most of these are very easy to find and fit right into your daily diet. The following are some that you should try.
Stress, whether it’s direct or indirect, is the bane of most of our lives. It could be because of a job deadline, a family event or, of course, the current pandemic, but all types of stress can make your heart race, disturb sleep and give you headaches, nausea, diarrhoea, constipation, muscle pain, chest pain, etc.
What are adaptogens?
It’s because we know the far-reaching effects of stress that looking for solutions or methods to reduce it becomes a necessity. For example, did you know that including adaptogenic herbs in your diet can help you overcome stress naturally? Adaptogens, as per a study in Chinese Medicine (2018), are natural substances that “enhance the resistance of the human body under a wide range of external stress conditions” especially by affecting the immune-neuro-endocrine system and the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis.
The term adaptogen was first used by Nicolay Lazarev, a Russian toxicologist, in 1940 to describe Schisandra Chinensis and other medicinal herbs. As the name suggests, adaptogens have the ability to adjust to every single body’s needs by focusing on areas of hormonal, neural and immune deficiencies to bring an individual back into balance or homeostasis.