Adaptogenic Herbs

How Adaptogens BALANCE Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) Function

Adaptogenic herbs are natural substances considered to help the body adapt to stress and to exert a normalizing effect upon bodily processes. Well known examples of adaptogenic herbs include American Ginseng and Suma Root.

As defined by current research, an adaptogenic herb must exhibit the following three properties:

1. The adaptogenic effect is non-specific, in that the adaptogenic herb increases resistance to a very broad spectrum of harmful factorsof different physical, chemical and biological natures (stressors).

2. An adaptogenic herb has a normalizing effect, it counteracts or prevents disturbances brought about by various stressors.

3. An adaptogenic herb must be innocuous to have a broad range of therapeutic effects without causing any disturbance to the normal functioning of the organism.


Adaptogenic herbs constitute a class of metabolic regulators (of a natural origin) which have been shown to increase the ability of the organism to adapt to environmental factors and to avoid damage from such factors (1).

1) Panossian, A.; Wikman, G.; Wagner, H. (October 1999). "Plant adaptogens. III. Earlier and more recent aspects and concepts on their mode of action". Phytomedicine 6 (4): 287–300.