Guest Author - Rebecca Lee Graf
There are so many stresses that are bodies encounter daily. Stress comes in all shapes and styles. It causes our bodies to be vulnerable. Herbal adaptogens are being sought after by many to help the human body adapt to the stresses of everyday life.
The body can reach a point where it collapses and can go no further. When herbal adaptogens are used, the body is given added defenses to fight off everything that can invade when the body is weak. To some, tonics were used as adaptogens in years past.
Digestion can be disrupted as stress is imposed on the body. Infections can set in. Strength can disappear. Natureís herbal adaptogens have been found to help the body continue on and fight against stress.
A most popular herbal adaptogen is the ginseng. For thousands of years the Chinese and other Asian countries have been using ginseng for many purposes including fighting the effects of stress. Many researchers say that ginseng has many strong adaptogen purposes.
As stress attacks the body, the circulatory system can feel the effects. The heart can begin to race with stress. Blood pressure can rise and fall. Heart attacks and strokes can be attributed to severe stress though stress does not always cause such severe reactions. Hawthorn, garlic, lime blossom, as well as ginseng have been said to work great as circulatory adaptogens.
The respiratory system can become weak and susceptible to pneumonia and bronchitis. The body can give into colds that can progress into more dangerous illnesses. Ground ivy as well as lobelia can be taken as respiratory adaptogens.
Diarrhea, constipation, nausea, and acid reflux can be direct results of stress on the body. Herbs that are used as digestive adaptogens are mainly those found in the bitter category: Angelica, chamomile, dandelion, garlic mustards, goldenseal, horehound, milk thistle, mints, rue, wormwood, yarrow.
The nervous system is greatly affected by stress. Many times stress hits the nervous first. Nerves are connected to every organ, muscle, and portion of the body. As stress hits the nerves, every other system of the body is affected. Nervous system adaptogens can be found in oats, St. Johnís wort, vervain, and lavender.
Taking time to give the body the defenses it needs will make a huge difference. Exercise, rest, eating right, and herbal adaptogens could be what you need to help your body adapt against lifeís stresses and survive against everything attacking it. Never underestimate the impact of stress. Be prepared.
Note: Always check with your physician, pharmacist, or herbalist before taking any herb. Safety is very important when taking any herb, natureís drug.