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Adaptogens, a unique class of herbs

Adaptogens, a unique class of herbs. What are adaptogens and why are they so important? Adaptogens help our bodies manage stress and maintain balance, or homeostasis to external stressors. They work by regulating a balance between the HPA axis (hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis) –  the system that is in charge of regulating your body’s hormonal response to stress.

Adaptogens have been used in Chinese and Indian Ayurvedic medicine for centuries traditionally referred to as rejuvenators. The term adaptogen was first coined by Dr. Nikolai Lazarev in 1947 to describe a plant that helps you adapt to stressful circumstances. Later, the definition of an adaptogen came to be a plant that meets the following criteria:

  • Nourishing – bring nutritive strength.
  • Normalising – raise what is low and lower what is high.
  • Non-specific – act on multiple parts of the body at the same time.
  • Non-toxic – be completely safe when used over extended periods of time.

Adaptogen herbs with strong supporting evidence include:

Rhodiola: Can help fight fatigue, improve mood, increases physical endurance and mental performance.

Schisandra: Improves concentration, endurance and improves physical performance. Schisandra also contains liver-protective properties.

Ashwaganda: Improves energy, reduces stress and strengthen the immune system after illness.

Panax Ginseng: Supports physical endurance, increases mental clarity and improves memory.

Tulsi – Support the body in times of stress and contains antioxidant and antibacterial and antiviral properties.

Sounds too good to be true!? Well, according to research they are actually as good as they sound. Read more from Pub Med

So which adaptogen should you use?

Adaptogens are not a replacement for a healthy lifestyle, they are however a great supplement during times of low energy, stress and anxiety. Always consults with your naturopath on the right formula for your individual requirements. Adaptogens should be utilised during times of peak stress, and not as an ongoing aid.

Try some B inspired Adrenal support organic herbal tea rich in adaptogenic herbs.

For more information on “Adaptogens, a unique class of herbs” or to book a naturopathic consultation contact B inspired healthy lifestyle.


Balch, P.A. (2010). Prescription for Nutritional Healing. Camberwell (Australia): Penguin Group.

Thomsen M, & Gennat Hanni (2009 4th edition). Phytotherpay desk reference: Global Natural Medicine PTY LTD.

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