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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.

 

Herb

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; studies suggest use for support of cognitive function

Ashwagandha

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 support in cases of stress, fatigue and anxiety*

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; modern research provides evidence of health benefits

Astragalus

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*

Eleuthero

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 support immunity*

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; has shown antioxidant properties

Maca

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 support for healthy sexual function*

Rhodiola

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; modern research supports use for immunity support

Schisandra

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; studies support usage in immune regulation

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; studies support use in promoting healthy sexual function in men

Tribulus

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 support healthy testosterone levels*

 

NOTE: Always consult with your healthcare practitioner for help in designing a supplementation program, especially if you have a pre-existing condition. 

†The information provided is not an endorsement of any product, and is intended for educational purposes only. NaturesPlus does not provide medical advice and does not offer diagnosis of any conditions. Current research on this topic is not conclusive and further research may be needed in order to prove the benefits described.

The conditions and symptoms described may be indicative of serious health problems, and therefore should be brought to the attention of a qualified healthcare practitioner.

 

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