Adaptogens are a class of herbs used in both Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) to help the body adapt to stress and maintain balance.
In Ayurveda, adaptogens such as ashwagandha, holy basil, and shatavari are used to support the body's ability to resist stress and increase vitality.
In TCM, adaptogens such as ginseng, astragalus, and reishi mushroom are used to enhance the body's qi (life force) and support overall health and wellbeing.
Adaptogens are believed to work by modulating the body's stress response system and regulating the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis, which plays a key role in stress management.
The use of adaptogens in Ayurveda and TCM has a long history and is based on traditional knowledge and experience, as well as modern research that supports their efficacy and safety.