Non-Adaptogens

WHAT IS NOT AN ADAPTOGEN PLANT?

What is exactly an adaptogen plant? Many products on the market declare to contain adaptogenic properties, but most of the time it turns out to be a marketing gimmick.

Adaptogen plants have always been known and used in Chinese herbalism and in Ayurveda, but valid scientific studies have only began in the late 1940th. These studies started with Soviet scientists, the first ones to analyse adaptogens properties and benefits in fighting stress, strengthen the body and cure illness. Since then, adaptogens have experienced an increasing popularity, especially in the Western World, becoming the first ally against stress. Stress is a hot topic, especially in the most developed region of the World. So many people suffer from stress, anxiety, depression, insomnia and as many brands have appeared in the market taking advantage of this topic. Adaptogens are a hot topic too, and nowadays many products on the market declare that they contain adaptogens in their components. The downside to this trend is that few of these products actually contain enough of the herb to have any real health benefit, and some of them don’t contain adaptogens at all!

In this section you will find a guide to understand what really is an adaptogen, and the list of the herbs usually mistaken with adaptogen plants!

Let’s start from the definition of adaptogen plants. According to David Winston and Steven Maimes adaptogens are a combination of three fundamental concepts:

WHAT IS AN ADAPTOGEN

  • An Adaptogen is non-toxic to the recipient. An adaptogen cannot be harmful and should cause minimal side effects both on mental and physical health.
  • An adaptogen produces a nonspecific response in the body. Adaptogen plants acts in many nonspecific ways on the body, implying the power of resistance and adaptation depending on the stressor or on the harmful event.
  • An adaptogen has a normalizing influence on physiology. This concept implies an intrinsic intelligence in adaptogens; indeed, these plants have a bidirectional effect on the physiology that is capable to bring the organism to its balance, regardless of the nature of the stressor. This means that they are capable of turning off the activity of hyperfunctioning systems, or strengthening the activity of hypofunctioning systems.

According to this definition we are capable to affirm what is not an adaptogen plant.
The following list is a collection of the main herbs usually confused with adaptogens.

adaptogen plant chamomile

chamomile

Adaptogen Property
An Adaptogen is non-toxic to the recipient.
An adaptogen produces a nonspecific response in the body.
An adaptogen has a normalizing influence on physiology.
adaptogen plant lemon balm

lemon balm

Adaptogen Property
An Adaptogen is non-toxic to the recipient.
An adaptogen produces a nonspecific response in the body.
An adaptogen has a normalizing influence on physiology.
adaptogen plant milky oat

milky oat

Adaptogen Property
An Adaptogen is non-toxic to the recipient.
An adaptogen produces a nonspecific response in the body.
An adaptogen has a normalizing influence on physiology.
adaptogen plant passionflower

passionflower

Adaptogen Property
An Adaptogen is non-toxic to the recipient.
An adaptogen produces a nonspecific response in the body.
An adaptogen has a normalizing influence on physiology.
adaptogen plant rosemary

rosemary

Adaptogen Property
An Adaptogen is non-toxic to the recipient.
An adaptogen produces a nonspecific response in the body.
An adaptogen has a normalizing influence on physiology.
adaptogen plant lavander

lavander

Adaptogen Property
An Adaptogen is non-toxic to the recipient.
An adaptogen produces a nonspecific response in the body.
An adaptogen has a normalizing influence on physiology.
adaptogen plant ginkgo

ginkgo

Adaptogen Property
An Adaptogen is non-toxic to the recipient.
An adaptogen produces a nonspecific response in the body.
An adaptogen has a normalizing influence on physiology.
adaptogen plant cannabis

cannabis

Adaptogen Property
An Adaptogen is non-toxic to the recipient.
An adaptogen produces a nonspecific response in the body.
An adaptogen has a normalizing influence on physiology.