WHAT ARE ADAPTOGENS?
Dr. Brekhman and his followers define adaptogens as:
(1) plants which are entirely safe;
(2) plants which increase the body’s nonspecific resistance; that is, they provide valuable support to the human body in coping with the pressures placed on a wide range of its functions by both the internal and external environments; and, z
(3) plants which normalize the functions of the bodily systems.
As such, adaptogens are a vital component to human health. Adaptogens are special plants, which have unique properties. These natural biologically active substances or "organic chemicals" protect the body from stress.
Adaptogens were classified by the ancient Chinese as the most effective plants to increase physical and mental capacity, reduce fatigue, improve resistance to diseases, and extend lifespan. People discovered that using adaptogens is vital during times of challenges. In China, adaptogens were used by soldiers right before battle. In Siberia, the same plants were used by hunters before long, dangerous journeys. The Tibetan monks were able to get by without food and warm clothes, living high in the mountains for many days using these plants. Despite many legends and thousands of years of utilization of these herbs by many generations of people in China, Russia, Japan, Korea and finally in Europe, the effectiveness of these herbs from a scientific standpoint was not confirmed until 45 years ago. It was done by the Russian physician and scientist Dr. Israel Brekhman. He, and his mentor Prof. Lazarv, named them "Adaptogens."
The reason for naming these herbs "Adaptogens" resulted from the scientific discovery, which proved their effectiveness in helping the human body to "adapt" or to "adjust" to strains and changes of daily living. By adapting to changes in the environment, mankind has survived. Scientific studies have shown that both humans and other organisms that are able to adapt best survive longer. In fact, these herbs have managed to survive harsh environments for centuries due to their unique composition of biologically active substances.
Clinical Studies and Research
Stress – Protective Action
Research shows that adaptogens, allow the body to more ably cope with stress, whether it is daily, extreme, acute or chronic.
The Immune System
Adaptogens exert a strong immunomudulatory influence in healthy test subjects and can be considered non-specific immunostimulants.
Physical Work Capacity
Research institutions have discovered that adaptogens are vital for enhancing a person’s capacity for physical workloads.
Mental Work Capacity
Researchers have demonstrated that addptogens also have the ability to increase a person’s mental work capacity
Performance, Endurance and Rehabilitation
Adaptogens provide the basis through which people can build up an energy reserve to be tapped when the body needs it most – under extreme physical tension and during recovery from fatigue.
Adaptogens have an important normalizing effect on all bodily functions.
Adaptogens increase the body’s resistance to the harmful factors, such as cooling, overheating, enhanced motor activity, increased or decreased barometric pressure, and ultraviolet or ionizing radiation.
Adaptogenic extracts have a favorable influence on the cardiovascular and respiratory systems.
Antioxidant, Anti-Aging Action
Adaptogens cause a reliable decrease in total cholesterol and b-lipoproteids, and increase the level of hydrophilic and liquid antioxidants in the blood.
Eyesight, Color Perception, Hearing and Vestibular Functions
Adaptogenic plants have been shown through extensive laboratory study and clinical trials to support and improve the function of the sensory organs.
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