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: