15 Best Adaptogen Herbs and Their Benefits
Adaptogen Herbs Benefits – During old ages instead of going for allopathic treatments, people believed in plants and trees for a cure for their ailment. This was the time when science was not that popular as it is today. However, with the changing times, the trust towards plants disappeared. We need things that will be hassle-free, will take less time to react, more effective, and will suit the changing demands of society.
The covid wave that struck this world made people realize that only those who are there attached to their roots and have not forgotten the wonders of Mother nature can survive the worst. As a result, more and more people started shifting towards the Desi way to keep themselves strong. I won’t say allopathic medicines are harmful because they contain these herbs but along with that, to make them more effective they also contain other things. That’s the reason why it is suggested it’s better to remain attached to the roots.
All this herbal talk and natural stuff reminded me of my last article. My last article was about What are Adaptogens? However, if you are a regular reader of our blog you will know that I mentioned that there is much more to this article and hence will be covered in my second article. So here I am to complete my article. The topic of today’s article is TYPES OF ADAPTOGENS AND THEIR BENEFITS.
Ps- I would like to recommend that before reading this article you should read my earlier article about the same. So, that the picture gets clear about Adaptogens.
The reason why I asked you to read the previous article first. It’s because then it will be easier for you to understand adaptogens in detail. After all, over here I’ll be mentioning a little bit about it and not the whole story. “Adaptogens are essentially a class of herbs (found in many herbal supplements) that are intended to boost your resistance to and tolerance of stress-emotional and physical.” As the name suggests, adaptogens tend to adapt to meet your needs. For example, if you are tired they will provide you the much-needed energy or if you are restless they will help you in relaxing down.
Apart from stress, restlessness they also deal with the issues like headaches, dry eye, high blood pressure, and even cancer. So this was a sneak peek as to what is there in the previous article and without any delay let’s dive further into today’s topic. Adaptogen herbs benefits.
⚫TYPES OF ADAPTOGEN HERBS AND THEIR BENEFITS
Below is the list of adaptogens and also adaptogen herbs benefits
1 AMLA/ AMALIKA / INDIAN GOOSEBERRY
People who belong to typical Indian households like me, amla are a very common element in our house. My grandmother makes me eat these and would not stop narrating its benefits. She is like they are good for your inner health, your hair, they are rich in vitamin C and other antioxidants. When I grew up and started researching about the same, I found out she is true. Moreover, apart from these, studies have shown amla is effective against diabetes and high cholesterol.
As a child, I used to watch innumerable ads on the TV. The tea advertisements were all about the ingredients that the tea has. One of them used to be ashwagandha. Again this is something my granny taught me about. Ashwagandha is very good for your throat, keeps you healthy from the inside. Now what she meant was Ashwagandha is a powerful antioxidant that is beneficial to the cardiovascular, nervous, endocrine, and immune systems. Apart from these studies have shown that ashwagandha is effective against depression and is used by people in the Himalayas to tackle the less oxygen issue.
Astragalus is a type of adaptogen that has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties because of which they can be used for wound care too. This adaptogen has been used in Chinese medicine and is very well known for strengthening the immune system. It might also have antiviral properties.
This adaptogen can also be named Brahmi and is considered effective in regulating stress. According to studies Bacopa regulates the levels of cortisol during the time of stress and further helps the person in reacting normally and enhances their cognitive performance. It is very much beneficial for the ones with chronic stress.
The most important thing these days is a healthy immune system. Therefore, the adaptogens that help in strengthening the immune system. Cordyceps is an adaptogen which is a medicinal mushroom that has been used for centuries to enhance immune function.
This adaptogen is a type of fruit in which both the leaves and the fruit are used. The berries are high in antioxidants and can be used for urinary tract problems, respiratory, reproductive, and endocrine systems. These can also be used for eye problems.
7. DANG SHEN
Adaptogens are very effective in dealing with stress. So it is automatically understood that along with their benefits regulating stress is common amongst all. Now, this herb dang shen is again a herb that regulates stress, anxiety, trauma, and fatigue. Also, they are known as a reducer of colon inflammation and hence used in Chinese medicines for a long time.
Again this is an adaptation about which I have heard a lot about through commercials and my elders. Moreover, the benefits of these herbs are something that I have been hearing since childhood. It can be anti-cancer, anti-fatigue, anti-inflammatory, and helpful in both cancer and diabetes treatments.
Guduchi is an adaptogen that has been used for thousands of years in Ayurveda in India due to its detoxifying, rejuvenating, immune-boosting properties. Other than these, this herb has many other important benefits too. Such as it helps with cold and flu, supports the immune system. Fights skin disorders, arthritis, liver disorders, gout, and even help in mitigating the negative effects of chemotherapy.
10. HOLY BASIL/ TULSI
Again tulsi is an herb that we Indians are in love with. We have been using this herb for ages. This is one of the mildest adaptogens and has been trusted for 3000 years to treat issues in circulatory, immune, and nervous systems. Studies have shown that it has also been used for cancer treatments, memory, and concentration.
11. LICORICE ROOT
Licorice root is an adaptogen that should be used under a doctor’s supervision. This is so because it can affect blood pressure and has proven to increase energy and endurance in addition to boosting the immune system. Further according to studies Licorice root protects the thymus gland from being damaged due to the overproduction of cortisol.
So people here come the queen of herbs. Yes! It is known as the queen of herbs. This herb is termed in such high notes because it helps in increasing fertility. It is mostly used in tonic form by women.
Some of these herbs are easily available at Organica India
This adaptogen reishi is a mushroom or you can say medicinal mushroom. It is the most well-known for its medicinal purposes. It gives benefits like, helps in the treatment of fatigue, respiratory complaints, cancer, heart disease, and liver ailments. Moreover, they are also termed general immunity boosters.
This herb is also known as the immortality herb. It is termed an immortality herb because of its uncommon ability to help the body regulate itself in response to all kinds of stressors. Like other adaptogens, it also works in strengthening the immune system. In specific it lowers LDL cholesterol, stabilizes blood sugar, and improves immunity.
Elderberry is an adaptogen that is high in antioxidants and vitamin C. According to studies, this adaptogen is known for reducing stress and supporting the immune system.
Other adaptogens are ELEUTHERO, HE SHOU WU, GOJI BERRY, MACA, SUMA, SCHISANDRA, RHODIOLA. Now in this list, I have mentioned the detailed description of around fifteen adaptogens and adaptogen herbs benefits. As I always say, the rest is left for you to search. I can only lead you to the path, destination is something that you have to find on your own. The more you read, the more interesting facts apart from the above mentioned will come your way. Until my next article stay happy, stay strong.