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Herbs for Stress Support

We think it’s safe to say that just about everyone has been feeling stressed lately—and that’s in addition to the low-level stress many people experience even under what now seem like “normal” circumstances.

While we think of stress as a modern phenomenon it’s really not, especially if you consider that extreme temperatures, fatigue and other physical stressors have been with us for thousands of years. This helps explain why Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), India’s Ayurveda and other time-honored healing systems have long relied on adaptogens, plant-based substances that help the body cope with physical and mental stress.

The faith traditional healers have put in adaptogens is now backed by the results of studies, including the identification of each herb’s main active components. This has led to the availability of herbs in standardized form, which helps ensure consistency and potency.


What It Is

What It Does

American Ginseng

Panax quinquefolius, in the same plant family as the better-known Asian ginseng; native to eastern North America

Long history of usage in Native American medicine; used in TCM as a cooling tonic for low-grade fever and general weakness; has reduced cancer-related fatigue and improved cognitive function in controlled studies


Withania somnifera, native to India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, as well as parts of Africa; also known as winter cherry or Indian ginseng

Used by Ayurvedic practitioners to promote stamina, longevity and mental acuity; Western usages include easing stress, fatigue and anxiety; has shown detox capacities in studies

Asian Ginseng

Panax ginseng, native to northern China and Korea; also known as Korean ginseng

Has been regarded by TCM for 5,000 years as a “kingly” herb capable of prolonging life; used today to restore vitality, normalize immune function, enhance exercise effectiveness and improve circulation


Astragalus membranaceus, native to China; also known as milk vetch

Used in TCM for sores, poor appetite and symptoms associated with upper respiratory problems; modern usages include immunity support and kidney protection


Eleutherococcus senticosus, found in Siberia, northern China, Korea and Japan

Used as a folk remedy before Soviet scientists started employing it to combat physical and emotional stress, and as a training aid for athletes; also used to help bolster immunity, reduce cold and flu occurrence, and fight fatigue

Holy Basil

Ocimum sanctum, a close relative of the common kitchen herb; also known as tulsi

Seen as a holy herb in its native India, where it is used to promote longevity; also used to support circulation and help ease depression; has shown antioxidant properties


Lepidium meyenii, a root vegetable native to the Peruvian Andes

Used in Peruvian cooking and as a folk remedy to improve energy and stamina; modern usages include promoting healthy sexual function and improved mood during menopause


Rhodiola rosea, native to cold mountainous regions of the Northern Hemisphere

Long history of use in Scandinavia, Siberia and Tibet to promote greater energy and protect against respiratory disorders; also used today to improve immunity, enhance exercise performance and protect the heart against stress


Schisandra chinensis, native to eastern Russia and northern China; also known as five flavor berry

Valued in TCM and other eastern medicine traditions as an energy tonic; modern usages include immune regulation and liver protection, and for recovery from heavy physical exertion; has shown antioxidant properties

Tongkat Ali

Eurycoma longifolia Jack, a tree native to Malaysia; also known as long jack

Traditionally used in Malaysia for a wide variety of purposes; best known today for promoting healthy sexual function in men; has shown an ability to promote male fertility in studies


Tribulus terrestris, found in parts of Africa, eastern Europe and India; also known as cat’s head, devil’s thorn and puncture vine

Has been used traditionally as an aphrodisiac and fertility treatment; used today to promote healthy testosterone levels, improve mood and support healthy cholesterol levels; has eased symptoms linked to the prostate in studies

NOTE: Always consult with your healthcare practitioner for help in designing a supplementation program, especially if you have a pre-existing condition. Each of the conditions and symptoms described in this publication may be indicative of serious health problems, and therefore should be brought to the attention of a qualified healthcare practitioner.

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