The definitive guide to adaptogenic herbs, formerly known as “rejuvenating herbs,” that counters the effects of stress on the body, supports normal metabolic processes and restores balance.
• Includes a detailed overview of adaptogens with history, actions and monographs. Scientific research includes efficacy, safety, phytochemistry and biomedical stress theory. The chapter on health benefits of adaptogens discusses leading applications for 23 different indications including aging, athletic performance, cancer, cardiovascular function, immune system support, sex hormone regulation, sleep problems and stress.
They also present the latest scientific research and include the origin, actions, properties, preparation, and dosage for each herb. Because 18 of the 21 adaptogens have been used as medicines in either ayurvedic practice or traditional Chinese medicine, these traditions are discussed in more detail. In addition, there are chapters on adaptogens as food and adaptogens for animals.
About the Authors of Adaptogens
David Winston, RH (AHG), is an herbalist and ethnobotanist who has practiced Cherokee, Chinese, and Western herbal medicine since 1969. He is the president of Herbalist and Alchemist, Inc., a company that manufactures over 300 herbal products, author of Herbal Therapeutics and Saw Palmetto for Men & Women, and coauthor of Herbal Therapy and Supplements. He lives in Washington, New Jersey.
Praise for Adaptogens
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
Most herbal adaptogens that have been identified are used in either Ayurveda, traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), or western traditions, they include:
TONICS include Rasajanas, superior herbs, ADAPTOGENS, and other tonics. How do we define primary and secondary adaptogens? They are either defined by herbalists through human observational studies or they are defined by scientists through animal studies. There are different perspectives. Personally, I prefer that herbalists decide. Herbalists can look at science, but science is not the ultimate authority. ~Steven Maimes
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