These days, anyone with an ache has plenty of over-the-counter options. The idea of taking a holistic approach to treatment is an ancient one, and part of that philosophy involves special herbs that apothecaries would customize to address individual bodies and ailments. Adaptogens are a cornerstone of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Ayurveda. More than 2,500 years later, many people are again seeking these Asian philosophies to naturally improve their health.


1. What Are Adaptogens?

Adaptogens are plants that may help the body use its internal resources to get back into balance. Dr. Nikolai Lazarev coined the term in the 1940s. The Russian scientist researched natural means for athletes and soldiers to improve overall performance. He believed that certain nontoxic herbs could help the body adapt to a variety of circumstances, including fatigue and stress, without compromising other necessary functions.

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