The concept of healing herbs is not new. Herbs have been used for thousands of years in Traditional Chinese Medicine as well as Ayurveda (the traditional medicine of India).
The term adaptogen was first introduced in 1947 by Russian scientist N.V. Lazarev to describe an agent that allows the body to counter stressors by raising nonspecific resistance toward such stress. Thus, they allow an organism to “adapt” to stressful circumstances.
In 1968 Israel I. Brekhman, PhD and I.V. Dardymov defined an adaptogen as nontoxic in normal doses, producing a general defensive response against stress and having a normalizing influence on the body.
Today, the term adaptogen is used by herbalists to refer to the small group of natural herbs and mushrooms that increases the body’s resistance to stress, trauma, anxiety and fatigue. These plants have properties that exert a normalizing influence on the body, neither over-stimulating nor inhibiting normal body function. Adaptogenic herbs treat any problem the body is having as connected to a balance issue within the body.
Adaptogens can help people handle stress by providing:
Adaptogens regulate the body functions during stress and enable the body’s energy to be used more efficiently when there is an energy shortage in the body.