significant contributors to many chronic illnesses including autoimmune disorders. The good news is that herbs are your best allies to help you manage stress, anxiety, depression, and other emotions. These herbs are known as nervines and adaptogens.
Nervine herbs are nutritious and directly benefit the nervous system. Moreover, herbal nervine therapy increases our ability to cope with the stress of daily life. You may take nervines herbs as you need them. There are 3 types of nervine herbs:
On the other hand, we have Adaptogen herbs, these are amazing herbs, they are a select group of plants (and some mushrooms) that support the body’s natural ability to deal with stress and they also counteract the effects of stress on the body. They are called adaptogens because of their unique ability to adapt their function according to the specific needs of the body These may be physical, chemical, or biological needs. Their function is often compared to that of a thermostat, moderating the body’s stress response like a thermostat controls temperature.
Adaptogens have special compounds that can possess opposing qualities, such as being relaxing or stimulating. The correct response is triggered according to what your body needs at the time. Ginseng is one of the most well-known adaptogenic herbs. Researchers have found they have several effects on the body: they are neuroprotective elements, anti-fatigue properties, anti-depressive effects, regulate the nervous system, anti-tumor, anti-cancer, immune support, and many more. Other adaptogen herbs include Ashwagandha, Schizandra, Holi Basil, Astragalus, Reshi, Foti, and many others.
Most of us will benefit from the daily use of nervines and adaptogens due to demanding, fast-paced life and obligations. With regular use, the nervous system often adapts to require less amount of these herbs to calm itself. This could take anywhere from a few months to a few years of use.
However, the goal should be for the herbs to help us become more resilient in times of stress, not to become reliant on them for the rest of our life. Acute stress will always occur, but becoming more resilient is what’s important.
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Dr. Toni is a Best-selling author, Holistic Health Practitioner (HHP) & Registered Herbalist in San Diego, California. She holds a PhD in psychology, and a Clinical Herbalist Certificate, an HHP certificate and is a Certified Trainer in the Success Principles. In private practice as a HHP she has been influenced by a variety of clinical modalities and orientations, and by the diverse life experiences of her clients. Toni’s approach to healing is holistic & transpersonal. In her work, she integrates the principles of Eastern and Western nutrition, herbololgy, energy medicine, Buddhist mindfulness and personal counseling to assist others in working through their physical or emotional blocks to attain optimal health.