Adaptogenic herbs and mushrooms help the body to adapt (hence the name) to both psychological and environmental stresses. They have the ability to support and nourish every part of the body from the endocrine system to the nervous system as well as helping our immune system.
For centuries Ayurvedic practitioners have combined adaptogenic herbs like ashwagandha, holy basil and turmeric. Combining adaptogens often creates synergistic blends that can reduce fatigue, stress, over exertion or to reinforce the immune system by providing antioxidants. Combining adaptogens can even support the bodies ability to regulate blood pressure, promote weight loss, restore the adrenal glands and support our moods.
Since adaptogens are generally recognized as safe, the average population can combine these herbs safely and with great benefit. Adaptogenic herbs are non-stimulating, non addictive and when ingested can help bring our body back into balance.
However, there are some people who should exercise caution with some adaptogenic herbs in general. For instance, ashwagandha is an immunosuppressant, so people with auto-immune disease should be monitored by a practitioner if used. Especially for those dealing with conditions such as multiple sclerosis, lupus and arthritis. Adaptogens can also affect the way other medications are absorbed by the body, so it’s best to talk to your physician before taking any adaptogens.
Ancient herbalists and practitioners have a long history of safely combining adaptogenic herbs to help aid in our optimal health and well being. Some of these herbs have even been called “life brighteners” because of their ability to support our mood and help us live healthier lives. For this reason alone, you should aim to incorporate adaptogenic blends into your daily routine for optimum health benefits.