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…part because of its effects on chronic inflammation and chronic degenerative conditions. Some of our most well-known adaptogen/tonic herbs include: the ginsengs (Asian, American), maca, ashwagandha, rhodiola, eleuthero, reishi and other mushrooms, schisandra berry, holy basil, fo-ti, bacopa, and licorice (though there are many others!). These can either directly support our own hormone production or provide hormone-like effects in the body,…

…an herb which helps our body to better withstand stress - any kind of stress, be it physical, emotional, mental, or environmental. Other examples of adaptogens include the Ginsengs (Asian, American), Eleuthero, Maca, Reishi (mushroom), and Rhodiola, to name a few.For energizing rejuvenation, protection against the effects of stress, and immune support including protection from immune-mediated joint inflammation, consider Una de Gato (Cat’s…

Many mushrooms contain powerful compounds that boost immunity, such as shiitake, maitake, reishi, cordyceps, turkey tail and many others. Records of the medicinal use of turkey tail (Trametes versicolor) date back to at least the 15th century, and a recent clinical study has shown that it can augment conventional therapies for breast cancer by increasing immune-fighting white blood cells. Turkey tail is an abundant mushroom found growing on dead…

…hydrated and maintaining adequate sleep, apply. You can also directly strengthen your immune system, though, with adaptogens such as Astragalus, Rhodiola, Eleuthero, Ashwagandha and many other herbs, as well as medicinal mushrooms such as Reishi. Minimizing (ideally, avoiding) refined sugar is also very important, as sugar has been shown to compromise the infection-fighting white blood cells in your immune system by up to 50% for several hours.

…for foraging animals as they prepare for winter's leaner times ahead. Perhaps mushrooms also help strengthen their immune systems, much like they do for humans. Many medicinal mushrooms, including Shiitake, Maitake, Reishi, Cordyceps and Turkey Tail, contain powerful compounds that boost immunity. Records of the medicinal use of Turkey Tail (Trametes versicolor) date back to at least the 15th century. A recent clinical study has shown that…

…of how conventional, mainstream medicine approaches disease - by targeting a specific organ or function, often at the expense of others. Examples of some of my favorite adaptogens include Ashwagandha, Eleuthero, Licorice, Maca, Schizandra berry, Gotu Kola, Rhodiola, Fo-ti (He Shou Wu), Holy Basil (Tulsi) and, as a group, medicinal mushrooms including Cordyceps, Reishi, Maitake, and Shiitake, amongst many others.What are your favorite adaptogens?

…onions. Might be hard to get a therapeutic amount of quercitin by relying on onions, though. ;)Herbs? Yes! Adaptogens including Astragalus, Ginseng, Ashwagandha, and Licorice, and medicinal mushrooms such as Cordyceps and Reishi, are excellent tonics for strengthening the body as a whole, and the immune and endocrine (hormone) systems, in particular. I recommend Natural Wellbeing's "Aller-Gold" for allergies and giving hay fever the boot! Click…

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