When looking to reduce anxiety and stress, you may think that your only options are taking an anti-anxiety medication (something like Valium, or a similar addictive benzodiazepine or an anti-depressant, some of which exacerbate anxiety) or simply suffering.
Smile – there are other options:
Adaptogen herbs are herbs that have been shown to help the body’s response to stress, and to help prevent or reduce the exhaustion phase of the physiological and psychological stress response. A huge number of clinical research studies show that adaptogenic herbs have a wide range of positive effects on your body, all pointed to protecting the body from damage by stress.
For example, Eleutherococcus senticosus (AKA Siberian Ginseng) stimulates your immune response so you are less likely to get sick as a result of stress, boosts your mood so you are less likely to get depressed, and it improves functioning of the liver, heart and blood pressure among other things. Rhodiola rosea is another adaptogenic herb known for improving clarity of the mind and alertness, relieving fatigue even during stress, improving memory, and boosting endocrine system functioning. Ashwaganda (Withania somnifera) also reduces fatigue, anxiety, cloudy thinking and nervous exhaustion.
A number of different adaptogens are available to help you better manage the effects of stress on your body, but you should always seek the advice of your doctor before taking any herbs or medication. When looking for adaptogens be sure to choose a quality preparation. There are many adaptogens available that are not prepared for maximum potency. This is true particularly when it comes to the judicious use of herbal medicines.