Why You Need To Consider Taking Adaptogenic Herbs


Top 5 Adaptogens For Stress Reduction

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8 Adaptogen Herbs to Heal Adrenals and Reduce Stress

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Adaptogenic Herbs For Hormone Balance Pt. 1 | Adaptogens for Stress and Weight Loss

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What is Ashwagandha? Adaptogenic Herb for Stress and Adrenal Function

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My Experiences with Adaptogenic Herbs

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What is an Adaptogen?

Video taken from the channel: Dr. Eric Berg DC


Kafina Brings Adaptogenic Herbs to the Energy Shot Category

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Compared to the length of time herbs have been documented for medicinal use, adaptogens are the new kids on the block. A Russian scientist coined the term in 1947, after noticing certain herbs and substances had a beneficial effect in animal studies related to stress tolerance. Since then, adaptogens have been linked to benefits ranging from mental alertness and less fatigue to better mood and higher immunity. Adaptogens are non-toxic plants that are marketed as helping the body resist stressors of all kinds, whether physical, chemical or biological.

These herbs and roots have been used for centuries in. Adaptogens are herbal pharmaceuticals. They work to counteract the effects of stress in the body.

Stress causes very real physical changes in the body, including harming the neurologica. Adaptogens are found in herbs and roots that come from plants; they are said to help the body’s resilience in dealing with that can lead to serious health conditions. Adaptogens are also said to play a huge role in the aging process, so many adaptogens are considered to. Meet adaptogens: the new hero herbs making their way into our kitchens, cuppas and day-to-day meals.

Adaptogens are Eastern medicine’s answer to alleviating stress and boosting wellbeing. In the most basic sense, adaptogens are naturopathic herbs (and mushrooms in some cases) that work to calm the nervous system and maintain wellbeing. Adaptogens can help your body adapt to life’s doozies. These herbs aid our bodies in reacting to or recovering from both shortand long-term physical or.

Adaptogens are natural substances that work with a person’s body and help them adapt; most notably, to stress. Adaptogens are a natural ally in dealing with persistent stress and fatigue because they work with regulating important hormones. Adaptogens offer several other health benefits, including A boost for the immune system [ 1]. Adaptogens—healing herbs that are said to help ease anxiety and stress—may also be beneficial for your skin. Here, the adaptogen ingredients you may want to consider using in your beauty routine.

Adaptogens are a class of herbs so named for their ability to help the body adapt to stress by regulating cortisol levels. Cortisol is our body’s “stress” hormone—it essentially puts us into survival mode when we encounter a “fight or flight” situation. Ginseng is one of the most well-known adaptogenic herbs. It is said to increase energy, improve cognitive function, act as an anti-inflammatory, help with erectile dysfunction, prevent flu and lower blood sugar.

Another well-known adaptogen, Rhodiola Rosea, is said to.

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Combinations of herbs are used by these herbalists because they believe that illness is attributed to an imbalance in the total person (including emotional and spiritual elements) and that an environment inhospitable to disease can be established by combining herbs with specific properties.

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from Remington: The Science and Practice of Pharmacy
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They therefore require more powerful herbs, which can have possible harmful side effects.

“The Natural Remedy Bible” by John B. Lust, Michael Tierra
from The Natural Remedy Bible
by John B. Lust, Michael Tierra
Pocket Books, 2003

They are a valuable source of information about herbs.

“Alchemy of Herbs: Transform Everyday Ingredients into Foods and Remedies That Heal” by Rosalee de la Forêt
from Alchemy of Herbs: Transform Everyday Ingredients into Foods and Remedies That Heal
by Rosalee de la Forêt
Hay House, 2017

On balance, the evidence is that these herbs are safe and effective when used in the short term (see Chapter 2).

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by Kerry Bone, Simon Mills
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2013

These other herbs are useful because they support the adrenals where they are, so if you have underactive adrenals, the herbs keep them from dropping even lower.

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from Medical Medium Life-Changing Foods: Save Yourself and the Ones You Love with the Hidden Healing Powers of Fruits & Vegetables
by Anthony William
Hay House, 2016

Because adrenal health is so important during menopause, I have found herbs with adaptogenic qualities to be effective when suffering from low adrenal function.

“The Estrogen Alternative: A Guide to Natural Hormonal Balance” by Raquel Martin, Judi Gerstung
from The Estrogen Alternative: A Guide to Natural Hormonal Balance
by Raquel Martin, Judi Gerstung
Inner Traditions/Bear, 2004

Herbalists use whole extracts of herbs rather than isolated single constituents, not only because they believe that this provides most benefit and protects against unwanted side effects, but also because this is the basis of the way that they understand the action of the herbs which are their tools of trade.

“Clinical Naturopathic Medicine” by Leah Hechtman
from Clinical Naturopathic Medicine
by Leah Hechtman
Elsevier Health Sciences APAC, 2018

Since the actions of these herbs are harsh, they are used only for Excessive syndromes and for people with a strong constitution.

“Chinese Herbal Medicines: Comparisons and Characteristics E-Book” by Yifan Yang
from Chinese Herbal Medicines: Comparisons and Characteristics E-Book
by Yifan Yang
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2009

Since they are strong, effective and active, it is not necessary to use extra herbs to regulate the Qi.

“Chinese Herbal Formulas: Treatment Principles and Composition Strategies E-Book” by Yifan Yang
from Chinese Herbal Formulas: Treatment Principles and Composition Strategies E-Book
by Yifan Yang
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2010

Because herbs are not sold as drugs, no proof of efficacy or warnings about side effects are required.

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Elsevier Health Sciences, 2012

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  • Thanks for watching! What are your go-to herbs or other tips for managing stress? Have you tried adaptogens and if so, what’s your experience with them? I’d love to hear your feedback below!

  • I don’t know if he reads the comments, but I was reading the description box and it says ashwagandha is good for ADHA, lol I believe it should read ADHD.

  • Today stress is created by ourselves. I realized that I actually wanted to be stressed or allowed it as I had my life goals as I unconsciously was prioritieseing this before my happiness. When you say that happiness comes first you start making different choices. Also Ive started with a strong blend of reishi, Siberian ginseng and ashwaganda which really speeds up the process of recovering from years and years of stress and anxiety.. all problems have a solution so make sure that you actually know what you want and then implement the changes.

  • Oops sorry I cut you off too soon you added Ashwagondwa sorry��
    Also you are very encouraging to eat well and pursue a healthy body thank you

  • I had a bad experience with Ashwagandha. made me feel terrible. Don’t know if it was the brand or just my body chemistry is different. I like Maca though. Works great

  • Can you please give suggestions for brands each herb. That I can buy in powder form I like to make my own capsules to save me money

  • Dr. Axe, thank you so much for the great information!!! Very helpful and educative!! What’s the difference between Adrenal Fatigue and Chronic Fatigue? What about getting rid of toxins with citrus perctusis and biosil and taking all these supplements you talk about?

  • Can’t find all these in Nigeria where I come from. Watched a video where it was mentioned that Moringa Oleifera is an adaptogen. Can you do a video on Moringa plant please. It is readily available here.

  • TCM using herbs and foods based on patient’s Yin and Yang, hot or cold. Although same disease, TCM practitioners might give different herbs.

  • Following result for me
    Ginseng/ashwagangha caused insomnia, saint John’s Wort insomnia & weared thought, gotu kola/bacopa slight dizziness. Gingko biloba reduced brain fog….. only ginkgo worked me so far & boost in mood

  • I was a 911 operator for 7 years. Adrenal fatigue and high cortisol from constant stress. Dont feel like my body ever recovered. Just ordered both Moringa and Ashwagandha. ��

  • Hi dr. Berg, I need help.
    I’m on keto and IF for couple months, I’ve tried everything, watched all of your videos about plateau, and nothing is working. I’m dietary coach who seem to help people already, no matter the health circumstances, and it looks like to me like I don’t do anything wrong since everyone I already helped have results, yet here I am, someone who says that knows it all and still can’t lose the last 10 pounds. I feel like impastor because of that and I doubt everything I know, because how can I tell anyone what to do if I don’t have perfect results myself? I know you have alot of things to do, but if you ever see this comment, please help me. I have complicated health history and I know this may be the cause but I feel helpless and I really, really, tried everything already.

  • You know what, I like Jordan and Joshua for all the helpful videos and faith based enterprise sadly unsubscribing because I have no income to try anything they suggest. I know you help people who have the opportunities to help themselves. Keep up the good work. God bless your ministry.

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5JeKxwZLP_I&feature=youtu.be Hello Dr. Axe, I came across this video that states the exact opposite to what you are promoting. This video states that Ashwanaganda doesn’t raise Cortosol!!! So I’m very confused as to what to believe.

  • Sir please do research & provide a cure for Corona Virus. The aids medicines have shown good results on this. So things like these 4 herbs may also be good for this as aids have all to do with the immune system. Humanity needs a genius you.

  • Rhodiola rosea is a great anti-inflammatory, & goes well with Ginseng, it can help you concentrate better too. Thanks for sharing this important information with us all, & take care of yourself too. ❤️����

  • Dr. Berg I have been taking Ashwaganda and noticed a difference in my anxiety, sleep, and mental thoughts/clarity!!! I LOVE it. I agree with most of what you teach and do except im plant-based vegan for about 3 years now and haven’t looked back! can you do some videos on plant-based veganism? ALSO if im plant-based I should be taking b-12 i do most of the time is there a way for me to pay for supplements like ashwaganda and b-12 through my insurance???

  • I’m an Olympic weightlifter, I’m taking ZMA capsules for faster recovery. After seeing the benefits I want to start Ashwagandha supplement, can I take both? How do i manage it.?

  • Dr Berg, I’m not getting my notifications….Dr Pamela Popper…keeps popping up in my feed. Everybody wants to be heard and I can get so distracted from all the talk over the airwaves…I wonder why I no longer get my notifications?

  • Hey Doc, can you do a video on ashwaganda like when and how to take it, night time, empty stomach, stuff like that, thanks for your content.

  • Doctor i stop it to drink lemon water because my stomach burn and cause pain and i quit drink lemon water for a while but this week i try it again but the pain come back. I love lemon water before the fasting. What can I do? I have to stop drinking? Im scared please say something. Thanks a lot

  • Astragalus, Schisandra Berry and Chaga mushroom are my top favorite herbs ❤️ Thank you dr Axe for sharing this valuable information ��

  • you’re a perfectly healthy young man, so a lot of these herbs will have no effect on a healthy body. It’s only when something is out of homeostasis, then you will feel the benefit of a lot of these herbs.

  • Clue…dont listen to an uninformed person. For example the one that you took for 2 weeks and didnt notice a difference. Well it takes 27 days to replace skin. Think moon cycle. >: /

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  • rhodiola really improved my mood and energy and gave me vivid dreams but 300mg was too much for me and gave me the jitters.i cut it to 100mg and seems alot better.just got schizandra and started at 500mg.My shizandra is a deep orange red colour.I think rhodiola is less well marketed than st johns wort for mood boosting but for me is more effective.

  • I’m making a lot of chicken soup with carrots, celery, pepper, garlic, bay leaves, etc. Always helped me with flu when I was a kid.

  • Great video, saved my ass! Thanks!
    UPDATE: regarding Swanson formula (Rhodiola+Ashwaganda+G…), my friend tested it and it was awesome, seems like the problems I described were caused by my health problems Candida die-off and thus heavy Adrenal Fatigue, I will do another update when I fully recover but 2nd time I took it, it was much better. I noticed that stimulant adaptogens do not work when adrenals are low (same as many other drugs, stimulants).
    Ashwaganda caused me a lot of problems, I took it in Swanson formula (Rhodiola+Ashwaganda+Ginseng complex which contains like 10 herbs), after 2 weeks of taking it it made me feel crazy, I couldn’t meditate at all, lot of overthinking, sudden attacks of bad mood + crying, a little sleep problems but Rhodiola made me sleep well so I didn’t have insomnia. I knew it from beginning that taking so many adaptogens at once could be a problem so I finally took my pendulum and check it one by one to find out Ashwaganda was a downer.
    Rhodiola and Fenugreek alone worked great for me, same effects like in this video.

  • Super interesting, I really want to try three of those! Can they be taken, mixed and combined at the same time, or is that not recommnded?

  • Dr.Berg can you please inform on what adaptogen to take if ur adrenals are dead and nose totaly congested from years of chronic use of dexamethasone nasal spray? Having huge problems trying to fix cushing syndrome,when stoping dexamethasone spray feels like am dying from congestion, fatigue and have nervous system problems, is there a way and any herbs to help damaged adrenals start producing normal levels of cortisol and get healthy again? Also how can drug induced rhinitis congestion be fixed? Life is a nightmare because of that dexamethasone substance, started getting osteopenia from it and am just 31 help please.

  • Thanks so much for this video. I love Adaptagens personally and for my patients. They have made a significant difference in many. Great info. The quality of the herb is crucial. What brand of Ashwaghanda did you take?

  • i was a chronic heavy alcoholic….lately i have stopped..drinking….whixh has resulted in extreme dopaminergic depression….low mood motivation… nil sex drive and high mental fog….after extensive research….i came to know about Rhodiola….what a herb my god??it not only helped in my depression but olso in my joint pains???

  • Hi Dr Berg, I’m getting conflicting info on long term vs short term use of ashwagandha. I’ve been taking it for a couple of years now and recently heard that adaptogens only work for about 6 weeks then you have to switch to another. Is there any truth to this?

  • I use Asgwagandha daily. It helps me regulate stress, moods, emotions.
    In addition I get a very good sleep. Its not addictive and it wakes me up refreshed.
    I take a 500 mg tablet before sleeping. Changed my life.

  • Have you heard about Thulasi plant. It has really good benefits. Its a common plant in India. Heals your throat or flu and heard its good for lice removal. There are two types. When you showed Holy Basil i thought it was Thulasi plant

  • Hi Dr. Axe, Please let us know how to use these medicines. Thanks. You have helped me tremendously with my leaky gut so far. I don’t know how to thank you!

  • Loved the video! just a quick question, I’m taking gotu kola and I took one 475mg capsule and I felt super dizzy and drowsiness, is this just my body adjusting? Did you have a similar reaction?

  • I have tried Maca, ashwaganda, holy basil and reishi daily for 3 weeks but they only work properly if and only if I have my 8 hours of sleep. Whenever I sleep less than 8 hours, I feel their efficiency only at 40% less

  • How are you taking these herbs? Herbs are best taken in the form of infusion, decoction, tincture or chewed. Schisandra can be ordered in berry form from a quality herb company, Starwest Botanicals. You chew 5 berries per day and you get a very real boost, do not take in the eve. Astragalus must be simmered for about 2 hours, it is a woody root, it really increases stamina. I have noticed that people are mostly attracted to herbs that they most need. Never take an herb in capsule form. Not an effective form. Herbs I know to work are plaintain, draw out infection (tooth abcess); Garlic, boosts immune system; Astragalus, boosts immune system and strength; Nettle, increase iron levels; Yarrow, fresh used to stop excessive bleeding, infusion helps women hormone probs; Osha, boosts immune system in tincture form; Black cumin seed oil, excema and psoriasis; there’s more, I love herbs and think they work better than pharmeceuticals w/o the harmful side effects. When you are older and have more issues you will see the remarkable difference herbs can make but also they MUST be prepared properly!

  • I boo boo a worm to all haters
    Great Video we all need to learn to remedy ourselves because the foods we eat today are loaded with unhealthy ingredients which are NOT HEALTHY TO EAT. PERIOD!!!!

  • Where are these being sourced? The last time I checked on ginger it was banned as an import because of the incredible amount of highly toxic pesticides. Imported produce may enter the country not fit for human consumption

  • Hi Dr axe could you advise me what would be the best adopgten to take for adrenal fatigue if I have ibs and histamine intolerance/autoimmune problems?I trird ashwaganda a while ago 2 versions and it made my ibs worse:(I also tried holy basil but think I might have low stomach acid as my heartburn is worse on holy basil,but its a shame as was seeming to help with my adrenal fatigue��so wanting to no which one would be best for me without affecting my digestive problems would appreciate your advice?or anyone else’s advide ��thanks,,,

  • Thank you Dr. Jash Axe this will helping I’m going to experience the Holy Basid I’m going to run �� to get this holy Basid I have been praying for help with the everyday day stress God bless you.

  • I took ashwagandha ksm66 and had a dream about India and an Angel told me I’d passed a test and am on the right path to healing. It does mess with my sleep though.

  • Great Video. Ashwaganda is fantastic I can see why it would make somebody apathetic though. Like weed, maybe a little too relaxing for those already relaxed. Nobody mentions Reishi mushrooms, the king of adaptogens clears the mind and great for the lungs.

  • Adaptogen is a all around body and mind maintenance like Siberian ginseng are ASHWAGANDA for example and their are many others to choose from

  • Reishi mushroom is the most powerful adaptogen I’ve ever tried, I took double the dose the first day and my stress levels where flat line the whole day it was impossible to stress even though I wanted to. Highly recommended

  • “Ashwagandha is the king of adaptogens”…yeah… it only saved my life! It is the cure for sleep maintenance insomnia. It brings your cortisol levels down… this allows you to continue sleeping after waking up with only 5 hours of sleep. Ashwagandha is a life saver!

  • Can licorice root raise your blood sugar level? I drank licorice root tea and it raised it. I wonder if taking the licorice root extract would do the same. Maybe I should look up the glycemic index for licorice root and Schisandra fruit.

  • Very similar experiences. Fenugreek made me mildly aroused most of the time. I took it years ago and can blame it for 3 flings I had in a month or so. I’d have previously felt either too self conscious or just not motivated enough to pursue those girls but with FG it just happened. I’m not saying they weren’t attractive, just that the herb made me find them irresistible, almost compelled to flirt. I found St John’s worth ok for very short term usage but I became unfocused & indifferent after more than a week. I only use Bacopa, Rhodiola & Ginseng now. I combine with theanine and a good quality liquid multivitamin.

  • Ashwangandha is the best for me so far. However brands are very important to consider. I’ve tried two different brands and I noticed a huge different.

  • Could you make an instructional video contrasting and comparing Ashwagsnda to Rhodiola safety and efficacy pros and cons when dealing with depression, high levels of stress, and mood swings with the 16 -23 year old population?

  • Ashwagandha forces pineal gland to detox, as simple as that, it is a magnificent herb but you have to be prepared, actually all adaptogens shouldn’t be taken without enough knowledge:)

    Insomnia is caused by pineal gland decalcifying thus not producing enough of melatonine, suplement it or get pineal glandular and use it before bed, lots of other herbs can help too.
    Fenugreek also helps with detoxing the head and is great for removal of toxic mucus from the gut.

  • It’s pouring down raining here in my region….lightening and thunderstorms….scary….�� Got my cup of Matcha tea, now let’s see what Dr Berg is talking about.

  • 1 750 cap of akuwama seed,wait 25 minutes then take 100 mill L theinine. Good night �� nice after a stressful work day. Buy a jar of L theinine from nootropics depot 125 grams Is a good deal.

  • WTF, I don’t get this video at all…the topic is on reducing stress and yet there’s an annoying clock tensely counting down the seconds ready to detonate all the way down to an equally annoying beeping sound…talk about stress or some cruel joke…THUMBS WAY DOWN!!!

  • I noticed a pattern in your evaluations of all these herbs you’re not give them enough time. Looking at research, it’s clear that best affects aren’t normally seen until 60-90 day mark. For example, any time I’ve changed my diet, I may notice a small change in the following days or weeks (probably placebo), but the real differences don’t come to realization until month 2-4. I hear you say “days” and “weeks” a lot but not months. These herbs aren’t like ginger, where it can alleviate an achy stomach within minutes; these substances take time.

  • Mucuna Pruriens are better for men compared to Maca. It benefits male fertility, hormone production of course, helps with nervous disorders, and is an aphrodisiac.

  • when I take a capsule of rhodiola, after 30 minutes I want to go to sleep.
    After I wake up in a sleepy state and I need two coffee to wake up… is it normal? it’s too powerful for me?

  • @Dr.JoshAxe, this is a great video. I really appreciate you bringing attention to Adaptogenic herbs. I have been using them myself, particularly Ashwaganda, Ginseng and Tumeric. In fact I was so impressed with the benefits I attained with Adaptogenic & Ayurvedic herbs that I have got into the herbal nutrition business myself. The have helped me loose weight, de-stress and have a lot more energy. If you’d like to know more about my herbal business. Check out Metta Herbs on Goggle. You’ll see our range of herbal nutrition keenly priced. And in the spirit of Thanksgiving We can offer you and your audience 30% off in our store. Just use “MettaThanks30” in the shopping cart to apply that discount. Thanks again for highlighting the benefits of Adaptogenic Herbs.

  • I like to use local herbs which I collect myself and I love nettle, it is also pretty good adaptogen which you can collect almost anywhere near water in nature and for free. ^^

  • Thank you so much for this invaluable info! You are very knowledgeable about a topic that we women struggle with constantly..hormone imbalance. Grateful for the advice!

  • Hey doctor Jockers it would be good to get a video from you on the benefits to eating carbs at night compared to in the morning. I have eaten a keto / carb back load diet for about 8 years now and i find that whenever i eat carbs in the AM (even as small as half a banana) it really throws me off both physically and mentally!
    Here’s a quick list of things I notice when i consume carbs in the AM…..

    Energy ups and downs (unstable blood sugar??)
    My Depression and Anxiety is increased (VERY noticeable difference)
    Decreased workout capacity
    INTENSE thirst at night which doesn’t seen to pass regardless of the amount of water I consume
    Waking up in the night peeing (multiple times)
    Social anxiety is MUCH worse
    Decreased sleep quality
    My body composition takes a turn for the worse causing fat gain, muscle loss. (Notice within a day)

    I would like to get a better understanding as to why these symptoms accur even with very little carbs in the AM!?

    Thank you Doctor!

  • I just bough Ashwaganda & I’m wondering if I can take Astragalus, Reishi, Holy basil, Ginseng and Rodiola all at the same time….or is it too much to take them all?!

  • Thank you doc are they safe long term? No toxicity or side effects? I use a suplememt contain ( 500mg Rhodiola,800 passiflore per serving ) thanks in advance