Adaptogens are non-toxic plants and foods that are used to help the body resist stressors of all kinds, whether physical, chemical or biological. These herbs and roots have been used for centuries in Chinese and Ayurvedic healing traditions, but they’re having a resurgence today. Some, like holy basil, can be eaten as part of a meal, and some are consumed as supplements or brewed into teas. Adaptogens are designed to increase your body’s ability to deal with stress. In other words, adaptogens help your body “adapt” to external stressors that can impact your health.


Although Adaptogens are meant to help our bodies build resilience to stress and mitigate its further affects on the body, they are not a cure. They may not work in extreme or immediate cases of anxiety or depression. Adaptogens work best in addition to a balanced diet and adequate hydration.


Adaptogens help the body’s internal systems build resilience for long-term wellness rather than providing a quick fix. For example, you might react to feelings of tiredness or fatigue by reaching for sugar, coffee or other stimulants. While these might help in the short term, they may actually deplete your energy over time. On the other hand, Rhodiola and ginseng can help slowly build up your body’s ability to ward off fatigue.


Here’s a list of useful adaptogens for the following health concerns:


  • Ashwagandha for Stress: Ashwagandha has calming properties instead of a stimulating effect. Some proponents claim ashwagandha can help regulate cortisol levels, thus controlling stress.
  • Maca Root for Anxiety: Maca contains flavonoids, which are thought to improve mood and reduce anxiety. Maca may reduce feelings of anxiety and depression.
  • Astragalus for Immune health: The root of this plant may boost your immune system, while increasing stamina and strength
  • Ginger for Joint Health: Ginger has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and anticancer properties. For people with arthritis and joint pain, its anti-inflammatory properties are of particular benefit!


As always, you should talk to your Medical Provider before adding adaptogens to your diet or routine. Call or text us to schedule your next appointment today! (541) 210-5687