Adaptogens are plants or mushrooms that help the body manage stress, anxiety and fatigue, and maintain balance.
A group of scientists and physicians named the herbs ‘adaptogens’ because of their ability to help the human body “adapt” to external stressors of daily living.
To be qualified as an adaptogen, the herb must have three main qualities: non-toxic and safe to take long term, provide a state of non- specific resistance to stress, and have a balancing effect on the body.
Ashwagandha, schisandra, eleuthero, holy basil, rhodiola and reishi are a few of the many adaptogenic herbs.
Some adaptogens have calming anti-inflammatory effects, while others have energizing, stimulatory effects. Supplement companies have put together many different formulations using these herbs, but taking the wrong formulation can make symptoms worse. At Magnolia Pharmacy, we can help you choose the right formulation!