6 Top Herbal Adaptogens

Did you know that ginseng is just one of a class of herbal remedies called adaptogens? Here’s an introduction to adaptogens, with more information about the specific effects and uses of each.

Adaptogen Ginseng
Ginseng’s Latin name, Panex, comes from the same Greek root as the word “pancea,” meaning all-healing — and that’s not much of an exaggeration.
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Rhodiola plant
Rhodiola Part used: Root Dose: Five to 10 drops of tincture two to three times a day, 15 to 30 minutes before eating, for 10 to 20 days; or 200 to 450 milligrams per day of extract
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Reishi Mushroom
Reishi Mushroom Part used: Mushroom (powdered) Dose: 1 1/2 to 9 grams of dried mushroom per day; in tincture 1 milliliter per day
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Ginseng Part used: Root Dose: 1 to 2 grams per day of root (equal to 20 to 30 milligrams of ginsenosides)
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Eleuthero Part used: Root Dose: 400 milligrams per day
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Ashwagandha Part used: Root Dose: 1 to 6 grams per day (up to 1 1/4 teaspoons) in capsules or tea.
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Schisandra Part used: Dried berries Dose: 1 1/2 to 6 grams of dried berries per day; or 500 milligrams to 2 grams per day of extract
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