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Hey, guys, Dr. Josh Axe here. Welcome to Ancient Medicine Today. Today I’m going to be talking about eight
adaptogen herbs to help you heal your adrenal glands and reduce stress. And listen, the number of people today that
are struggling with adrenal fatigue is mind boggling. In fact, I’ve seen recent evidence that shows
over 80% of people struggle with fatigue, being overly tired on a regular basis. And you might be that person watching to where
you get tired, maybe 2:00 in the afternoon, you hit that 2:00 coma, you just lack energy,
lack motivation is another warning sign. Maybe feel overwhelmed and frazzled or brain
fog sometimes. All of those are warning signs that you can
have adrenal issues. So today I want to specifically talk about
the eight herbs, these are called adaptogens, that can most help your adrenals, and also
really help any of you that are feeling stressed out. And I absolutely believe this is a message
that everybody needs to know about. So hey, help me spread this message right
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by teaching people how to use food as medicine. And I’ll tell you, the thing I love about
adaptogens, remember this, adaptogens help your body better deal with stress. When you get emotionally stressed, what happens
is your cortisol levels raise. When cortisol stays up high for a long period
of time that’s your adrenals. Your adrenals are working to reduce adrenaline
and cortisol, and a lot of these hormones. And when they are too high for too long, and
eventually can burn out your adrenals, sometimes, then your cortisol can get too low and stay
too low because your body has just shut down. And so what we really want to do on this episode
is I want to teach you the best herbs to really start to support and rejuvenate those adrenal
glands that maybe [inaudible 00:01:51] that you have. And so the first one here I’m going to talk
about is rhodiola rosea. This is an incredible adaptogenic herb. Listen to this, there was a study done recently
on mice, and they found that mice that supplemented with rhodiola rosea, actually had a major
increase, I believe about a 30 to 40% increase in endurance while swimming. So listen, if you’re an athlete, especially,
maybe you’re a swimmer or just in general, you need more endurance, and let me give an
example of endurance. You wake up in the morning, you feel okay. By afternoon, every afternoon, you are just
wiped out, you’re tired. That’s an example of you not having enough
endurance or stamina or same thing, you get in a workout and you can’t keep going. Rhodiola rosea is the type of adaptogen that’s
been shown to improve endurance by the body. And so again, an incredible adaptogen here
in rhodiola rosea, very famous in Ayurvedic medicine in India, one of the absolute best
for fighting adrenal fatigue. Let me share with you. We’re going to jump into schisandra here. But some of the biggest warning signs you
may have adrenal issues are overstressed. Here are some examples, if you have dark colored
circles under your eyes or any sort of eye issues, that’s a big warning sign that your
adrenals are being affected. If you are a person who has major sugar cravings,
that’s a big warning sign. If you’re a person who gets a good night’s
sleep and you wake up the next morning and you are still tired and feel like you need
to keep sleeping in, that’s a big warning sign, you have adrenal fatigue. If you just get rattled easily, if you sort
of have outbursts and that type of thing, that can mean you have adrenal fatigue. And again, that 2:00 coma. After lunch you’re tired almost every day,
that’s a big warning sign. And a lot of times also if you have thyroid
problems, oftentimes thyroid and adrenal issues are absolutely interconnected. Those are some warning signs you may have
adrenal issues, are over stressed as well. And another one is lack of motivation. If you just really are not motivated in life,
it can be because your adrenals and some of these organs are just absolutely overwhelmed. Now, schisandra, one of my favorite. Actually, it’s schisandra berry. One of my favorite Chinese medicine supplements. Now schisandra is really unique, in that it
not only supports the adrenals and the kidneys, it also supports the liver. And I really believe if you are under a high
amount of stress and your adrenals are fatigued, this might be my favorite adrenal supplement. Again, it’s called schisandra, sometimes it’s
actually spelled with a Z there, sometimes an S there, but schisandra is a fantastic
supplement to use. It’s part of Chinese medicine and you can
look at adrenal formula. Some adrenal formulas, if it’s a really good
one, will oftentimes have schisandra in there as well. Again, a fantastic adaptogen. Now, another adaptogen I love is holy basil. Now, this isn’t like regular basil. Oftentimes you’ll see with holy basil, it’ll
actually have a purple to it, sometimes it’s all purple, sometimes it’s green, but a lot
of times it has just a little bit of a purple mix to it. But holy basil is an herb, another one that’s
famous in Ayurvedic medicine and it’s also known as tulsi, and this can oftentimes be
taken as a tea. Also, it’s oftentimes used as an essential
oil. So you get a holy basil, really powerful adaptogen
that is used quite frequently in Ayurvedic medicine. The thing I love about the holy basil as well
is its good not just for adrenals, it’s good for your hormones of your entire body. If you have PCOS or PMS or going through menopause
or any of those issues, holy basil is a great herb to do for your adrenals, but also for
your entire body naturally balancing out hormone production. So again, you can do it as a tea, you can
do several drops on your neck as an essential oil or take a straight holy basil supplement
or sometimes, holy basil is found in blends, different adrenal or thyroid support of blends
there as well. Another one of my favorite, so we’ve talked
about Ayurvedic medicine, Chinese medicine. We have another famed adaptogen in Chinese
medicine here. And it’s called reishi mushroom. Now reishi is a fungi, it’s not necessarily
an herb, but it is absolutely an adaptogen. And reishi is known as the mushroom of immortality,
it extends life, support anti-aging, and helps balance out those cortisol levels. Also, reishi is a cancer fighter, it’s one
of the most powerful anti-cancer mushrooms, probably the most powerful anti-cancer mushroom
that’s available today. So again, reishi, you can do it as a tea,
you can do it as a supplement. I want to mention this with your body’s fight
or flight response. When you get emotionally worked up, here’s
what happens, or really stressed out. This would happen in the past, let’s say a
bear was chasing you. Put your body in something called fight or
flight response. Either you’re going to fight or you’re going
to fly from the response. But in a fight or flight response, your sympathetic
nervous system gets high and your cortisol level is raised. Now, a lot of us, we don’t have bears or lions
or tigers chasing us, but what we do have is stress at work, stress at home, stress,
stress, stress. We have visual stimulus of computers and cell
phones and all of these things that keep our cortisol and our sympathetics really high. And remember, it supposed to be an ebb and
flow and a balance in your life. For a lot of us, we live in that state so
much we never get brought down to balance. So it wears out our body over time. You want to increase your parasympathetic
nerve system and response. Adaptogenic herbs help increase that parasympathetic
nerve system. Now, the king Ayurvedic medicine for the thyroid. Now, this is good for adrenals as well, but
it’s ashwagandha. And I’ll say this, if you have a thyroid problem,
ashwaganda is the number one herb you should be taking on a regular basis or a blend of
both ashwaganda and other adaptogenic herbs. Ashwaganda is amazing for both the thyroid
and the adrenals together. So thyroid adrenal issues, especially if you
have both, ashwaganda is one of the most powerful. I mean, the studies on ashwaganda as well
for anti-aging of your joints, for fighting autoimmune disease, a number of conditions. Ashwaganda is powerful, and endurance, and
stamina, it is the king of adaptogens in my book. Number six here is licorice root extract. Now, licorice root specifically supports the
stomach indigestion. Actually, it’s been shown to, if you have
ulcers which are due to stress, right? So if you get mostly stressed and you get
an ulcer from all the stress, licorice root is the number one herb to help with ulcers. But in general, it helps as an adaptogen for
lowering stress but also supports your upper GI system, your stomach and your small intestine
area. Licorice root, an incredible herb used in
Chinese medicine. Number seven here is ginseng. Ginseng is probably known as the first and
most well-known of all the adaptogenic herbs. And this is the biggest one. If you need an energy boost, ginseng is probably
the best for noticing improvement in your energy immediately. So this is great to do like pre workout, you
want to really get energized before workout, ginseng is great. But specifically, if you struggle with low
energy all day, ginseng is the most powerful adaptogenic herb. And last but not least is astragalus. Astragalus is for those who get too damp in
the body. If you have a loose stool, if you have candida
issues, white coating on your tongue and you just really feel, I’m going to use the word
sluggish, if you feel sluggish and lethargic, and have any of those issues like candida,
astragalus helps nourish the spleen and works as an adaptogenic herb. It works as a natural immune booster but also
helps dry up that excess mucus and fluid and candida and those types of things in the body
as well. So astragalus, powerful herb used in Chinese
medicine to reduce dampness and reduce stress on the body, especially with the digestive
system. Now, I want to mention this guys, I want to
encourage you. Get some of these powerful adaptogenic herbs
in your diet and listen, I also want to recommend reducing stress, that’s another big one. So listen, you can’t just take adaptogens,
and if you’ve got this really stressed life, all of a sudden everything gets better. You really want to practice spending more
time outdoors, working out, doing lunch, really scheduling in things you love to do and you
love to reduce stress, schedule those in. Schedule a healing bath and some Epsom salts
and some lavender oil. Just start incorporating things to reduce
stress. And then in addition to that, start consuming
some of these adaptogenic herbs, you’re going to notice a big difference. And I want to mention this finally. There are so many people today who are over
stressed. Think about the most overstressed people in
your life, whether it’s a parent or a spouse or a friend or relative, somebody that’s just
really high strung. Share this message with them, take this video,
email to somebody, share it with them on their phone, send them a text, but more people need
to know this information on how to overcome adrenal fatigue and stress by using adaptogenic
herbs. Hey, guys, it’s been me, Dr. Josh Axe, talking
about how to overcome adrenal fatigue. I’ll be back tomorrow at 10:30 a.m., Central
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100 thoughts on “8 Adaptogen Herbs to Heal Adrenals and Reduce Stress

  1. Dr. Eric Berg goes to the root cause. And Dr. Axe focuses more on herbs and specific foods. Both are my favorite doctors.

  2. PLEASE! NO MORE TIMED CLOCK (on lower right corner). I found it very stressful and my heart started racing. Otherwise, I really enjoy your informative videos.

  3. Dr Josh thanks for the video and many of your other videos, very helpful. Question – do we have to take these herbs continuously for it to be effective or we can take those only when we are under stress? Also if we were to take continuously, do we need to recycle(i.e. So we need to stop after a period of time)? Thanks. Calvin

  4. You know what, I like Jordan and Joshua for all the helpful videos and faith based enterprise sadly unsubscribing because I have no income to try anything they suggest. I know you help people who have the opportunities to help themselves. Keep up the good work. God bless your ministry.

  5. Have you heard about Thulasi plant. It has really good benefits. Its a common plant in India. Heals your throat or flu and heard its good for lice removal. There are two types. When you showed Holy Basil i thought it was Thulasi plant

  6. Can licorice root raise your blood sugar level? I drank licorice root tea and it raised it. I wonder if taking the licorice root extract would do the same. Maybe I should look up the glycemic index for licorice root and Schisandra fruit.

  7. Dr. Axe, thank you so much for the great information!!! Very helpful and educative!! What's the difference between Adrenal Fatigue and Chronic Fatigue? What about getting rid of toxins with citrus perctusis and biosil and taking all these supplements you talk about?

  8. Hi Dr. Axe.
    Do you see any contraindication in making a tea with all adaptogens for daily intake?
    So far Ashwagandha and Rhodiola already made, proved, miracles in my life. Some of the others I just take them because I can not because I need for any particular reason.

  9. i was a chronic heavy alcoholic….lately i have stopped..drinking….whixh has resulted in extreme dopaminergic depression….low mood motivation… nil sex drive and high mental fog….after extensive research ….i came to know about Rhodiola….what a herb my god??~it not only helped in my depression but olso in my joint pains???~

  10. Astragalus, Schisandra Berry and Chaga mushroom are my top favorite herbs ❤️ Thank you dr Axe for sharing this valuable information 😊

  11. WTF, I don't get this video at all…the topic is on reducing stress and yet there's an annoying clock tensely counting down the seconds ready to detonate all the way down to an equally annoying beeping sound…talk about stress or some cruel joke…THUMBS WAY DOWN!!!

  12. Would a Swanson ginseng supplement be sufficient or would you look for a high quality brand when it comes to ginseng??

  13. Ive been taking ashwghanda and it makes a huge difference. I just started holy basil and have ordered ginseng🐣

  14. ive came pretty far without a body at 100% imagine what we could do if we realized the ultimate diet for every type of person

  15. I just bough Ashwaganda & I'm wondering if I can take Astragalus, Reishi, Holy basil, Ginseng and Rodiola all at the same time….or is it too much to take them all?!

  16. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5JeKxwZLP_I&feature=youtu.be Hello Dr. Axe, I came across this video that states the exact opposite to what you are promoting. This video states that Ashwanaganda doesn't raise Cortosol !!! So I'm very confused as to what to believe.

  17. Reishi mushroom is the most powerful adaptogen I've ever tried, I took double the dose the first day and my stress levels where flat line the whole day it was impossible to stress even though I wanted to. Highly recommended

  18. Dr. Axe is amazing…. Dr. Morse is as well…. I recommend checking out Dr. Morse's YouTube Channel as well. 🙂

  19. Could you make an instructional video contrasting and comparing Ashwagsnda to Rhodiola safety and efficacy pros and cons when dealing with depression, high levels of stress, and mood swings with the 16 -23 year old population?

  20. Side effects of Aswgandha is it increases chances of premature ejaculation during sex. Or even without sex during urination. Never take it. It may be good for those who dont want sex life further. It increases heat at our testis which is male heat exchanger machine..so premature ejaculation becomes fast..

  21. Oops sorry I cut you off too soon you added Ashwagondwa sorry😊
    Also you are very encouraging to eat well and pursue a healthy body thank you

  22. Thank you Dr. Jash Axe this will helping I'm going to experience the Holy Basid I'm going to run 🏃 to get this holy Basid I have been praying for help with the everyday day stress God bless you.

  23. @Dr.JoshAxe, this is a great video. I really appreciate you bringing attention to Adaptogenic herbs. I have been using them myself, particularly Ashwaganda, Ginseng and Tumeric. In fact I was so impressed with the benefits I attained with Adaptogenic & Ayurvedic herbs that I have got into the herbal nutrition business myself. The have helped me loose weight, de-stress and have a lot more energy. If you'd like to know more about my herbal business. Check out Metta Herbs on Goggle. You'll see our range of herbal nutrition keenly priced. And in the spirit of Thanksgiving We can offer you and your audience 30% off in our store. Just use "MettaThanks30" in the shopping cart to apply that discount. Thanks again for highlighting the benefits of Adaptogenic Herbs.

  24. "Ashwagandha is the king of adaptogens" …yeah… it only saved my life! It is the cure for sleep maintenance insomnia. It brings your cortisol levels down… this allows you to continue sleeping after waking up with only 5 hours of sleep. Ashwagandha is a life saver!

  25. I also have a son with severe autism and brain damage is there any oil or herb that would have calm the brain

  26. List of adaptogens

    1. Rhodiola
    2. Schisandra
    3. Holy Basil
    4. Reishi
    5. Ashwaganda
    6. Licorice Root
    7. Ginseng
    8. Astragalus

  27. Hi Dr. Axe, Please let us know how to use these medicines. Thanks. You have helped me tremendously with my leaky gut so far. I don’t know how to thank you !

  28. Can you please give suggestions for brands each herb. That I can buy in powder form I like to make my own capsules to save me money

  29. TCM using herbs and foods based on patient's Yin and Yang, hot or cold. Although same disease, TCM practitioners might give different herbs.

  30. I have tried Maca, ashwaganda , holy basil and reishi daily for 3 weeks but they only work properly if and only if I have my 8 hours of sleep. Whenever I sleep less than 8 hours, I feel their efficiency only at 40% less

  31. people with advanced adrenal issue's need to really careful taking Adaptogens. which you say is least stimulating?

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