Adaptogenic herbs can be described as health supplements designed by nature to lay off pressure from some of the environmental stressors we confront every day. These herbs are very famous as a part of Indian Ayurvedic medicine, owing to their tonic qualities. Many adaptogenic herb adherents claim that these herbs are wonder workers promoting the health of the adrenal glands, which consequently has a healthful impact on the immune system and its responses, on emotions and on the body’s reactions to stressors.

These adaptogenic herbs have not been scrutinized by the DA, however due to their notorious health claims they have been studied and some scientific support has been gathered in regards to their benefits in line with the adrenal glands. However, it is a wise choice to consult a physician before you start taking any of the following adaptogenic herbs.

Asian Ginseng

Asian Ginseng has been in use for a long time and dates far back into history for its benefits as a general health tonic. The more commonly known benefits of ginseng include an increase in sexual health, vitality and a contribution towards a slower process of ageing. According to a 2000 article published in the journal Fitoterapia, ginseng has been associated with an increase in corticotropin and corticosteroids plasma levels, but these findings have not been validated as such by scientific research. This adaptogenic herb is also known for its antioxidant properties and is also believed to play an important part in improving the response of the human body to flu vaccines.


Withania is another adaptogenic herb with its own set of health boosting characteristics and properties. The National Cancer Institute considers withania rather effective in curbing cancer by preventing the invasion of tumor cells in healthy ones.


This adaptogenic herb, despite being discovered after Chinese ginseng, has gained a better reputation in terms of health invigorating properties than the former. Along with its healthful impacts on the body’s immune system, jiaogulan may also have a moderating effect on cholesterol levels owing to the high levels of saponins it contains. Saponins are nutrients which aid in absorption of nutrients and the process of digestion, enhancing the two.


AVM is considered to be ayurvedic formula based on a proprietary mixture of several herbs put together. In a study conducted in 2006, scientists tested this adaptogenic herb on animal subjects. The results concluded that this herb has similar effects as a pharmaceutical drug diazepam as an anti stress agent on rats. However, the research was preliminary and so it is not advisable to switch onto this herb from a prescription medicine without consulting a physician first.