Adaptogens: Herbs for Strength, Stamina and Stress Relief – 2nd ed.


In our modern world we live incredibly busy and stress filled lives. Chronic stress, impaired sleep and the resultant elevation of stress hormones such as cortisol have been shown to be an initiator and cofactor for much of our chronic degenerative disease. In addition to stress reduction techniques, healthy relationships, a good diet and adequate sleep, another essential method for reducing stress and enhancing well-being is the use of adaptogenic herbs. For most people adaptogens are a “one size fits all” idea, take any one, they are all good for you. This is absolutely not true!

While adaptogens are generally safe, some are stimulating, some calming, some nourishing, others cooling or heating, moistening or drying. To get the greatest benefit from these herbs you need to understand their energetics and qualities to match the appropriate herb or herbs to the person taking it. This book gives you the detailed knowledge to understand the different adaptogens and their companion herbs, nervines, nootropics and restorative tonics, so they can help you to live a better, healthier and more relaxed life.

The new edition of this book includes a decade of new research, new case histories, additional herbs such as Rhaponticum, Maca and Shatavari, color photographs of the herbs, almost 100 pages of additional information, and the book has been updated throughout by the primary author David Winston, RH(AHG).

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David Winston is a living national treasure in herbal medicine, and his knowledge of herbs from each of the major herbal traditions is unexcelled. He combines a practitioner’s experience with an understanding of how to get the optimal benefit from several hundred worldwide herbs. Most importantly he has come up with a way of bridging the different energetic systems of Chinese Medicine, Ayurveda, traditional and European herbal traditions so that herbs from each can be intelligently combined in a single formula. I know of no other herbal program that deals with this extensive a worldwide materia medica in such depth.

Karen Vaughan, MSTOM, RH (AHG) | Class of 2008