The Healing Power of Adaptogens

Adaptogens—edible herbs that can help your body adapt to a variety of stressors. Adaptogens are nontoxic in normal therapeutic doses. They produce a non-specific state of resistance in the body to physical, emotional, or environmental stress. So they reduce the effects of stress, whether the source is psychological, physiological, noise, temperature, etc.

Adaptogens have unique properties: Some are stimulating, some calming, some warming, some cooling, some moistening, and some drying. Because different species of plants have different chemical makeups, some may also have additional specific uses. For example, ashwagandha—the only adaptogen rich in iron—is useful for treating anemia.

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