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To qualify as an adaptogen, an herb must be completely safe and non-toxic, it must have broad uses for health, and it must specifically reduce stress, both mental and physical. To put it simply: Adaptogens help you adapt. The following herbs (in alphabetical order) demonstrate significant adaptogenic activity:
Ashwagandha: Of all the medicinal plants used in India’s several millennia old tradition of Ayurveda, Ashwagandha, Withania somnifera, is the most highly prized.
Eleuthero: Employed in Traditional Chinese Medicine to invigorate sexual function, boost vital energy and normalize overall body functions, Eleuthero is classified as an adaptogen, enhancing immunity and vitality overall.
Holy Basil: Holy Basil functions as an adaptogen, enhancing the body's natural response to physical and emotional stress. Adaptogenic herbs do not alter mood, but rather, they help the body function optimally during times of stress.
Maca: Maca has been dubbed “Peruvian ginseng,” though it bears no relation to ginseng. But like ginseng, the root increases strength, energy, stamina, libido and sexual function.
Panax Ginseng: Ginseng is a tonic herb used for rejuvenate and invigorate. It is considered an adaptogen, providing non-specific protection against various mental, physical and environmental forms of stress.
Rhodiola Rosea: A well studied adaptogen, Rhodiola defends the body overall, and protects general health and well-being. Its anti-stress and fatigue-fighting properties make it one of the most popular botanicals in all of Siberia.
Schisandra: Schisandra is a potent general tonic, decreasing fatigue, enhancing physical performance, and promoting endurance. The berry counters stress by reducing the levels of stress hormones in the blood.
Adaptogens greatly improve your body's ability to adapt to stress, whether it's a hectic schedule, heat or cold, noise, high altitudes or any number of other stressors. This elite class of herbs impart strength, energy, stamina, endurance, and they improve mental clarity. In many parts of the non-Western world adaptogens are used extensively in high-risk, fast-reflex occupations, from athletes to miners to deep sea divers. With the scientific data to back these natural wonders already available and more research under way, it is only a matter of time before adaptogens begin making their mark in the United States.
I am Bipolar and OCD and I have been on traditional medications for 5 years. They have been minimally effective. I am going to a new counselor and she suggested natural remedies. Things such as Ayurveda, Native American drugs, and chinese herbs.
Can anyone please give me some suggestions to look into or any information??
I'm grateful for the help!
Having bipolar and OCD is tough to say the least. I struggled for years with both of these conditions and was finally able to overcome them. There are quite a few supplements that help. The best that I've found work for me are the following:
Pharmaceutical Grade Fish Oil
GABA (really helps slow the racing thoughts)
NAC (takes a while for the effect but is great for bipolar)
DMAE (puts you in a better mood)
Stabilium (this is a weird one from Europe but it works amazingly well for relieving stress and anxiety)
As for herbs I've found rhodiola and eleuthero to work well.
I hope that helps.
Please write any vitamins, supplements, that can boost your social ability(-the ability to get along with others, the conversation hub of the brain,) As many as you can would be nice.
If you mean that you are shy and a little awkward around groups, that is one thing. But if you have a an actual problem called Social Anxiety, the only things that will help with that is therapy and anti-anxiety medication, so be sure to figure out if you have that.
If you have a bit of nervousness around people then there are vitamins and minerals to try to cope with your social habits.
Here is a list to go by:
This natural sedative quickly works to target the central nervous system. Clinical evidence suggests that Valerian supports the availability and the production of a key neurotransmitter called GABA. Users that take Valerian root on a regular basis report feeling less tense, less stressed out and more in control of nervous responses that may be associated with anxiety. Valerian root may also help to improve sleep quality, a lack of which could be an important factor in anxiety and stress related symptoms.
Passiflora Incarnata, or passion flower, is a well known anxiolytic and mild sedative. Similar to Valerian, it targets the central nervous system to help temporarily relieve some of the symptoms associated with anxiety. In clinical study, Passion Flower is usually combined with complementary herbs like Valerian or Kava Kava, helping to improve mood and assisting in relieving some of the withdrawal symptoms the occur as a result of discontinuing the use of prescription drugs like Oxazepam.
Rhodiola Rosea, also known by its common name Golden Root, has been used in Europe and the United States for helping to improve emotional wellness and reduce mental fatigue. Clinical studies suggest that rosavins, the active constituents in Rhodiola Rosea, effect the central nervous system by increasing the ability to concentrate, improving mental performance and reducing physical fatigue. As an adaptogen, Rhodiola rosea may help the body to increase resistance to a variety of chemical, biological and physical stressors.
Kava Kava is one of the most well know natural sedatives in the world. It has been used for centuries in the Polynesian islands of the Pacific and made its way to the America in the last century. Users of the root, in both, supplemental and liquid extract form, report intense feelings of relaxation and calmness as a result of taking Kava on a daily basis. Clinical studies using the Hamilton Anxiety Ratings Scale as a measurement confirm Kava's superiority to placebo, demonstrating that Kava can help to significantly reduce mild anxiety, stress and restlessness
Winter Cherry, also known as Ashwagandha root, is one of the most prominent herbal medicines used in the Indian holistic system of medicine known as Ayurveda. Along with its immunomodulatory effects, winter cherry's traditional effects have been confirmed in laboratory settings. The herb has virtually no toxicity and has been shown to possess both, anxiolytic and anti-depressant activity.
Chamomile is a popular calming agent often used by adults, teens and children for helping to calm nerves, relieve stress and support positive mood. It is generally consumed as a tea or herbal supplement.
B vitamins play an essential role in the chemical processes throughout the body. In relation to emotional wellbeing, B vitamins help to support important neurotransmitter functions that are partially responsible for the production of serotonin, norepinephrine and dopamine. In various clinical studies involving different B vitamins like B5, B6 and B9, patients supplementing their diets on a regular basis reported improved overall emotional stability.