What is an Adaptogen?
A Simple Definition
As can be surmised from the word itself, an 'adaptogen' is a substance that helps the body to "adapt" to particular stresses put upon it.
The word 'adaptogen' was first coined by the Russian scientist Dr. N.V. Lazarev in 1947. He reported on several indigenous plants that helped increase the body's natural resistance to environmental stresses and later coined the term "adaptogens".
However, these rare natural plants, now called adaptogens, have been used for centuries by Chinese herbalists and in Viking and Russian folk medicine.
One in 4,000 Plants
To be considered a true adaptogen, a plant must conform to the following criteria:
· The plant must be nontoxic and totally harmless to the body. It must allow the continuing normal physiological of the individual.
· The action it exerts must be nonspecific and should maintain normal body functions despite a wide range of onslaughts to the body (i.e. stress).
· It should normalize body functions irrespective of existing pathological conditions.
Unlike allopathic drugs which carry with them the possibility of side effects, adaptogens must benefit the body without disturbing it or doing it harm. Not many plants possess adaptogenic properties. In fact it is estimated that only one in 4,000 plants is classified as an adaptogen.
Jiaogulan is one of the more powerful adaptogenic herbs known fulfilling all the above criteria. Jiaogulan's effect on the body is two-fold. First, it directly nourishes the internal organs by increasing the blood supply through enhanced cardiac output. Second, it normalizes the nervous and hormonal systems in the body when they are adversely affected by stress.
Jiaogulan is Unique
Aside from jiaogulan, there are other adaptogenic herbs. Although adaptogens generally function in the same way, and have a great many health-giving properties, they are not all the same. What makes jiaogulan unique is the wide variety of therapeutic effects that scientists have demonstrated through their research; i.e., anti-oxidant protection, enhancing cardio-vascular function, blood pressure
and cholesterol regulation, positive influence on blood elements, strengthening immunity, etc. In other words, getting these benefits by taking jiaogulan could eliminate the need for using an array of other supplements.
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