Stress management is something we do both actively and passively. We gain skills to use in the face of stress and we develop ways to relieve stress when no stressors are present. Some of us use pharmaceuticals to calm down like Xannax or Valium. Others prefer to use natural remedies such as Rhodiola or ginseng. In this article we will discuss natural medicines to use as a stress reducer.
Rhodiola is though to be the master adaptogen. An adaptogen is an herb that is said to increase resistance to stress, anxiety, fatigue, and trauma. One method of action they are thought to use is balancing endocrine hormones and the immune system. If you are in excess or deficient in these the herb will lower or rise the hormones to balance their levels. It is also said that Rhodiola functions at the allostasis level which is a far more dynamic way of dealing with long term stress. In addition to this studies have shown that it improves mood and can alleviate depression. It has also shown to improve physical and mental performances.
Ginseng comes in many genus, the most common being: Siberian, Panax, American, and Red. Ginseng has traditionally been used as an adaptogen, aphrodisiac, stimulant, type II diabetes, and for the reduction of stress. One study shows that is promising when used to increase overall quality of life.
Holy Basil is becoming popular for use as a stress reducer and for mood support. In Ayurvedic medicine it is said to be an adaptogen and is helpful is relieving stress. It is a highly respected plant as is referred to as “the elixir of life”. Tulsi Tea which can be bought at many health food stores has holy basil in all of its blends. Many people I have talked to regard it as the best supplement they have taken for emotional well being and as a stress reducer. I feel the same way, for me it works great and helps my stress management to be easy and thoughtful.
Although studies aren’t extensive for these medicines many have shown these and other herbs to be effective in relieving stress. They are definitely worth a try and although we all react to medicines differently we should be able to find ones that work for us. Stress management can certainly be improved with the use of medicines and it definitely is worth the time to find what works for you.