Many people have heard of ginseng, an herb that’s said to promote overall health. But did you know that ginseng is just one of a class of herbal remedies called adaptogens? These herbs include eleuthero, rhodiola, reishi mushrooms, ashwagandha and schisandra. All of these herbs are taken as tonics that help promote general health and protect the body from the physical effects of stress. Here’s an introduction to these gentle healing herbs, with more information about the specific effects and uses of each.