ADAPTOGENS: Herbs for Strength, Stamina, and Stress Relief
• Reveals how adaptogens increase the body’s resistance to adverse influences
• Provides a history of the use of these herbal remedies and the actions, properties, preparation, and dosage for each herb
We all deal with stress every day, and every day our bodies strive to adapt and stay balanced and healthy.
In Adaptogens, authors David Winston and Steven Maimes provide a comprehensive look into adaptogens, non-toxic herbs such as ginseng, eleuthero, and licorice, that produce a defensive response to stress in our bodies. Formerly known as rejuvenating herbs or tonics, adaptogens help the body to “adapt” to the many influences it encounters. They increase stamina and counter the normal effects of aging and thus are becoming important tools in sports medicine and in the prevention and treatment of chronic fatigue and other stress-related disorders.
Winston and Maimes present the historical uses of these herbal remedies in India, Russia, China, and the Americas and explain how they work and why they are so effective at combating stress-induced illness. Monographs for each adaptogen also present the latest scientific research and include the origin, traditional use, actions, properties, preparation, and dosage for each herb.
James A. Duke, author of The Green Pharmacy
David Hoffmann, author of Medical Herbalism and The Holistic Herbal
Christopher Hobbs, author of Handmade Herbal Medicines and Medicinal Mushrooms
Rosemary Gladstar, founder of United Plant Savers and author of Herbal Healing for Women
Mark Blumenthal, founder and executive director of the American Botanical Council
- Review by Karen Vaughan, Herbalist
Most herbal adaptogens that have been identified are used in either Ayurveda or Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Adaptogens from these traditions and the Western tradition include:
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