Many herbs can help the body not only manage different stressors but actually drive adaptation within the body because they are adaptogens. Adaptogens enable the body to avoid reaching a point of collapse or over-stress because it can adapt ‘around’ the problem. Source
are considered to be the (most protective) of all herbs and plants. They help the body adapt to stress of many kinds; whether environ(mental) or physical. Exerting a normalizing effect on the entire body, thus regulating stress in a way. Taking one from any extreme back to a balanced state.
Last but certainly not least, they adapt both to the stressor
, and also to the person
taking them. Source
In order to be considered an adaptogen, an herb must meet the following qualifying qualities:
- Nontoxic to the recipient
- Produces a nonspecific response in the body—an increase in the power of resistance against multiple stressors including physical, chemical, or biological agents.
- Has a normalizing influence on physiology, irrespective of the direction of change from physiological norms caused by the stressor. (Source)
Adaptogenic herbs are useful in managing stress and naturally lowering cortisol levels to sidestep negative symptoms and stop accelerated aging. They also promote homeostasis and blunt our sensitivity to stress.
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