Some of the most well-known Chinese herbs are considered adaptogen herbs that support our bodies response to stress and have a normalizing effect on our systems, including our hormones. Sounds like just the support we need for our busy lives, packed schedules, especially during the holidays. But there are some down-sides to these infamous herbs.
Known in Chinese medicine as herbs that are strong to tonify qi, meaning they support our overall energy and organ function. Because of this adaptogen herbs must be used cautiously by anyone who experiences pre-hypertension or hypertension, headaches, especially migraine headaches, insomnia, hyperactivity or anyone who is easily stimulated. The exception to this is Reishi mushroom, which is generally well tolerated.
These herbs can be taken as a tablet, capsule or tincture and are best taken early in the day so as not to disrupt your sleep. If you want to incorporate an adaptongenic herb into your health regimen, start with a low dose to test for sensitivity, or consult with a trained herbalist to ensure you begin taking a product that is most suitable for you.
Common Adaptogen Herbs
American Ginseng (White)
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