Science can split an atom, create nuclear fusion and clone Dolly the sheep, but it can't copy the chemical compounds in adaptogenic herb teas.
How is that possible? Stress relief herbs contain such a complex number of chemicals that modern pharmacology has yet to be able to reproduce what nature can make.
Whole plant/herb remedies are very different than single compounds which is what Western medicine primarily uses. Discovering how the chemical compounds in these now very expensive herbs, also known as adaptogens, work inside our bodies is yet to be unraveled. Adaptogenic herbs adapt to what our body needs. They can calm us if we need calm and the same herb stimulates us, if we need a stimulant. They help the body to adapt to physiological and psychological stress.
Need some of this around holiday time? Yes, it is really possible that plants can do this.
Where did the term adaptogenic come from? It started with a Soviet doctor who first coined the term in 1947. Nikolai Lazarev, was examining psychotropic drugs, specifically stimulants such as amphetamines and cocaine which were used in the military. Lazarev saw the powerful short-term gain along with the long term side-effects from these drugs. He recognized these drugs lead to addiction and was looking for a better solution. He needed something that worked both in the short term and long term. In other words, he needed adaptogenic herbal compounds. He found the answer in plants such as American ginseng, Asian ginseng, Schisandra, Astragalus, Cordyceps, Eleuthero, Licorice, GoJi berries, Dang Shen and Reishi mushroom and coined this term.
Ultimately, what he found were herbal remedies that can boost the body's resistance to stress, whether the stress is from physical exertion, infection or emotional and environmental stressors. (The relatives coming over may fall into that last category.)
Adaptogens stimulate the immune system positively creating a healthy environment. These plants such as Ginseng, Cordyceps, GoJi berries and Reishi all have two things in common, they have been used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries and they are rich in polysaccharides. Polysaccharides are complex carbohydrates that act as energy stores and boost the immune system. These natural stress relief remedies increase vital energy and are also known as Chinese herbal qi tonics.
These herbal remedies are all much more than the sum of their individual parts. Which is exactly why modern science has not been able to copy them. They continue to become more popular as the Western world discovers the benefits of these incredible, edible, Chinese herbs.
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