The term adaptogens refers to a unique group of herbs which show restorative powers that go well beyond the specific.
Adaptogens can offer noticeably improved functioning of the entire body including the brain and other key organs, the digestive system, the immune system and the reproductive system.
Properly grown, harvested, and formulated—adaptogens are believed by Eastern medical practitioners to promote significant improvement in overall health and to restore optimal endocrine system balance (homeostasis) for better physical and mental functioning and increased longevity.
Think of them as the broadest spectrum of traditional natural remedies.
And from this limited group of adaptogen herbs reishi, cordyceps, ginseng and rhodiola rosea attract particular attention as herbs which have extensive, recognized histories in Eastern medicine along with ready market availability.
Reishi (ganoderma lucidum) is derived from mushrooms and is a known immune modulator—an herb which naturally regulates and fine-tunes the immune system. It is primarily composed of complex carbohydrates such as water-soluble polysaccharides, triterpeniods, proteins and amino acids. Researchers have identified that water-soluble polysaccharides are the most active elements in Reishi associated with anti-tumor, immune modulating and blood pressure lowering effects. It is also used to treat anxiety, hepatitis, bronchitis, insomnia and asthma—and to increase oxygen utilization and improve liver function.
Cordyceps is a powerful grassy fungus offering notable immunological restorative properties. It can assist athletic performance and recovery, enhance the libido and improve fertility. By promoting vascular elasticity it also maximizes the body’s oxygen intake and can improve heart muscle strength. Cordyceps is also a noted detoxifier.
Ginseng’s name derives from the Greek “panax,” which gave us the word “panacea” or cure-all. This popular root builds vitality and mental focus, enhances strength and promotes relaxation. It primarily finds use as a preventative against sickness, weakness, and fatigue.
Rhodiola rosea is believed to significantly increase energy and muscular performance as well as mental stamina.