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

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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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I was thrilled when I was accepted into David Winston’s two year  Herbalist Training.  For most of my adult life I attempted to be have a healthy lifestyle and read related articles and books whenever possible.  However, I wanted a stronger foundation.  I wanted to be able to understand the whys and hows…not just the results.  The two year program gave me what I was seeking – knowledge of herbal therapeutics, knowledge and history of the variety of approaches to herbal medicine and the ability to intelligently research. I moved onto the Graduate Program because I wanted to understand the ways to use and combine the herbs to form treatments.

Although I did not take the courses to become a registered herbalist, I am now and will always be a student promoting the positive impacts of alternative(original!) medicine practices. Family and friends have received the benefit of my knowledge and training. I have found the avocation that I was seeking.  And, who knows, maybe one day, with continued training, I will hang out that shingle!

Sally Handlon | Class of 2008