Stress is something we all experience in our lives. Life is stress. It is becoming more and more common in our society today and it is having a huge impact on our health. Stress can lead to ulcerations in the stomach, shrinking of lymphoid tissue, and enlargement of the Adrenal Glands. Persistent stress may lead to more severe conditions such as heart attacks, kidney disease, and arthritis to name a few.
Lets take a look at some statistics on stress reported in 2016. These are the highest rated causes of stressors reported in the US.
|Job Pressure||Co-Worker Tension, Bosses, Work Overload|
|Money||Loss of Job, Reduced Retirement, Medical Expenses|
|Health||Health Crisis, Terminal or Chronic Illness|
|Relationships||Divorce, Death of Spouse, Arguments with Friends, Loneliness|
|Poor Nutrition||Inadequate Nutrition, Caffeine, Processed Foods, Refined Sugars|
|Media Overload||Television, Radio, Internet, E-Mail, Social Networking|
|Sleep Deprivation||Inability to release adrenaline and other stress hormones|
|Percent of people who regularly experience physical symptoms caused by stress||77 %|
|Regularly experience psychological symptoms caused by stress||73 %|
|Feel they are living with extreme stress||33 %|
|Feel their stress has increased over the past five years||48 %|
|Cited money and work as the leading cause of their stress||76 %|
|Reported lying awake at night due to stress||48 %|
|Upset stomach||34 %|
|Muscle tension||30 %|
|Change in appetite||23 %|
|Teeth grinding||17 %|
|Change in sex drive||15 %|
|Feeling dizzy||13 %|
As you can see many Americans report stress and symptoms from their everyday life with fatigue being one of the highest. No need to stress about stress!
There are many ways that we can cope with stress in our lives such as meditation, deep breathing, Tai Chi and Qigong but there is also the healing power of Adaptogenic Herbs. The Adrenal Glands produce the stress hormones which affect many other functions in the body. There is a classification of herbs called “Adaptogens” that support the functioning of the Adrenal Glands and help bring the body back into balance. The following herbs have been studied and used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for hundreds of years. Lets take a look at a few.
Eleuthero (Eleutherococcus senticosus) is one of the primary adaptogenic herbs used around the world. It is widely known as Siberian Ginseng, although it is not directly related to Panax Ginseng, which also grows in northern Asia. Eleuthero is a potent energy tonic. Eleuthero helps to build blood and improves the ability of the body to absorb and efficiently use oxygen. People may feel the effects right away but most of the benefits are cumulative over a period of time.
Eleuthero aids in the recovery from hard exercise. Eleuthero contains chemical constituents, saponins, that are very similar to those in Ginseng and Gynostemma, known as eleutherosides. These active constituents provide the basis of Eleuthero’s adaptogenic actions and performance enhancing actions
Next, is Schizandra Berry.
Schizandra is the only herb that contains all five flavors. The very name of Schizandra in Chinese, Wu Wei Zi, means “Five Flavors Fruit.” Schizandra has earned a reputation as the “quintessential tonic herb” because it can benefit all five primary organs and nurtures all five Elemental Energies of the human body in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM): Wood (Liver), Fire (Heart), Earth (Spleen), Metal (Lungs) and Water (Kidneys).
Schizandra is famous in the Far East for promoting beauty, intelligence, sexual vitality, wisdom, endurance and powerful lungs. Schizandra is one of the safest and most effective cleansing herbs in the world, and is especially protective of the liver, skin and brain.
Lastly, we have Ginseng Root.
Like Panax Ginseng, American Ginseng is an adaptogen. It thus provides energy, adaptability and heightened alertness, but it is NOT a stimulant. American Ginseng is also extremely popular among people who live in warmer climates. Since it is a cooling herb which replenishes fluids, it is especially beneficial during hot weather.
In China American” Ginseng is highly regarded for its ability to promote the healthy secretion of body fluids. American Ginseng is useful for people who are hot but wish to take Ginseng. In other words, people who tend to have lots of energy, high metabolisms, are aggressive, have ruddy complexions, etc. can take American Ginseng without overheating.
Life itself is stress and due to the nature of our lifestyle, food, and environment we are under more persistent stress that is causing our health to fail. Luckily, we have the healing power of natures to help support us in our daily lives, enabling us to cope with stress better in the moment.
If you are interested in taking these herbs come by our store and check out our premium Adaptogenic Herbs from Dragon Herbs. We carry only the highest quality herbal tinctures on the market.
Talk with one of our herbal specialists and find out which herb is best for you to start taking! Take a deep breath, take your herbs, and put stress to rest!