What are tonic or adaptogen herbs?
Herbal adaptogens are some of the finest herbal substances in the world!
I've been using tonic herbs in my own life for several years and I am better off for it.
They literally help the body 'adapt' to the stress of life by balancing and energizing. Also called tonic herbs, they are herbs that seem to have a non-specific nature, yet can help build your health in some pretty amazing ways. Adaptogen and tonic herbs are the foundation of one of my earlier formula's at LifeBuild Health called Ultimate Invigorator.
They have been prized throughout history for over 5000 years and were usually used only by those that could afford them such as royalty in ancient China.
They are now very accessible and very affordable, and are used by world-class athletes and laypeople alike to increase performance both physically and mentally and for longevity.
For those that are new to herbs, they are the perfect way to get started with herbal remedies because of their broad health producing nature. Almost everyone who uses tonic herbs regularly find they have more energy and focus and just 'feel better.'
They not only help to increase energy and improve performance, but also help in many other ways as well. They can stimulate the immune system, slow down aging and are antioxidants. They can help you recover faster from overwork, exercise or illness, and in general simply help you to perform your daily tasks more efficiently.
And unlike energy drinks that seem to be everywhere, you won't have the dreaded energy crash. Apart from the fact that they are banned in some countries, energy drinks over the long term will NOT help you build and revitalize a tired body like the tonic and adaptogen herbs can. In fact, they may end up doing just the opposite. Instead, look to what nature provides.
Tonic herbs are so good at what they do that they are now routinely used by Olympic athletes as their 'secret' to increasing performance without having to resort to banned damaging steroids.
While they have been used for thousands of years, in the past several decades, they have been the subject of scientific study which has validated the effectiveness.
Each herbal adaptogen possesses slightly different properties from the rest, and when they are combined in the right way, they become the ultimate health promoting substances.
Herbs such as cordyceps, ginseng, reishi, astragalus, atractylodes and codonopsis are among the finest tonic and adaptogenic herbs that nature has gratefully provided for us. These are found in Traditional Chinese Medicine that predates our own medicine by a few thousand years and they have a long history of safe and effective use.
Another favorite adaptogen is Ashwagandha that comes from the Ayurvedic system of medicine in India that even predates Traditional Chinese Medicine.
While all of
the tonic herbs can be used on their own effectively, when they
are combined together they obtain a synergistic effect where they become
even more effective. Synergy is the concept whereby 'the whole is
greater than the sum of the parts,' and is found everywhere in nature,
but also used effectively in skillfully prepared herbal combinations.
So if you want increased energy as well as improved physical and mental performance, do it by way of nature and forget the energy drinks. Look to the tonic and adaptogen herbs to help rebuild a tired body. They are safe and effective and have thousands of years of use as proof.