Herbal Support for Stress and Trauma: Part 2, Adaptogens

Ancestral Apothecary

Adaptogens are some of our best herbal allies to help ourselves cope with chronic stress.  Adaptogens are herbs that help increase the body’s ability to adapt to all kinds of stressors: physical, emotional, environmental, social, and biological.

Adaptogens help build the body’s resistance and reliance to stress by supporting the nervous, immune and endocrine systems. They help to increase the body’s strength, stamina, vitality and immunity.

Many adaptogens have been considered supreme herbal tonics in the cultural systems from which they come.  For example, reishi mushroom was considered in ancient China to be the “herb of immortality”and Holy Basil is considered a panacea in India and in Ayurvedic medicine.

Dosing for adaptogens:  The more we need the adaptogen, the more we need to increase the amount and frequency of dosage.  For lower stress levels, stick to the lower recommended doses.  For higher and acute stress, higher doses more frequently are…

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