Stress is an unavoidable fact of life. We should be glad for its presence, because without it we should surely die of boredom. When doctors speak of stress, however they’re referring to the body’snonspecific response to any demand- emotional, psychological, mental or physical. Extreme grief and extreme joy both bring stress, and both trigger the same physical response to it.
On the other hand, people in general often complain about being stressed. Usually they’re talking about the fact that their lives are over scheduled and they have little time to relax. Oddly, many people say I’m so stressed out with a paradoxical mix of exasperation and pride as if stressed were a modern day badge of courage, and people who are not stressed don’t lead important lives.
Living in a constant harried state saps energy. You may feel exhausted and nervous, your immune system may sputter and falter, your sleep may go through insomnia or disrupted, and your mood swings into irritability and depression.
Herbal remedies for stress
- Stress buster tea:
This tea combines anadaptogen with several calming herbs. It’s sweetened with orange peel and stevia, so you won’t even need to add sugar.
- 1 tablespoon Siberian ginseng root
- 1 tablespoon linden flowers
- 2 tablespoonoatstraw
- 1 teaspoon kava kava root
- 1 teaspoon orange peel
- ¼ teaspoon stevia herb or to taste
- 680 milliliters water.
Simmer all ingredient in a covered saucepan for 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and steep an additional 15 minutes. Strain and drink as needed up to 5 cups per day.
- Siberian Ginseng ( Eleutherococcussenticosus)
Also known as eleuthero, this herb help to maintain the health of the adrenal glands and bolsters the body’s resistance to stress –related illness. Studies confirm that Siberian Ginseng stimulates the immune system along with athletic performance and also helps in sharpens mental alertness. In one large study, people exposed to increased workload, exercise, heat and noise improves athletic performance and sharpens mental alertness and physical performance by taking Siberian ginseng.
Typical dosages: 20 drops of tincture up to three times per day; or up to 4000 to 5000 milligram capsules per day.
- Ginseng(panax ginseng, p.quinquefoilus)
This true ginseng enhances mental alertness and concentration, facilities motor coordination and improves the ability to cope with both mental and physical stress. In a study of nurses who switched from day to night shifts, those taking ginseng adapted better in terms of mood and mental and physical performance.
Typical dosages: up to 500 to 600 milligram capsules per day; many practitioner recommended taking ginseng for two or three weeks, followed by a one to two week break.
- Schisandra (Schisandrachinensis)
These berries are valued by practitioners of traditional Chinese medicines for their properties as a general tonic and for their ability to counter stress and fatigue. Although weaker than Siberian and true ginsengs, schisandra is both safer and tastier. Studies says that improve work capacity along with mental efficiency, tones the nervous system and increases endurances. It’s also a strong antioxidant and protect the liver from toxic exposure.
Typical dosages: up to 580-milligram capsules per day; or 2 cups per day or 15 to 25 drops in water two times per day.
- Reishi (Ganodermalucidum)
This herb is also known as medicinal mushroom which is widely used in calming anxiety. It also ease insomnia and tone the immune system.
Typical dosages: up to 420 milligram three times per day or up to 1000, milligram tablets up to three times per day or up to 2 teaspoon of tincture 2 or 3 times per day; or 1 teaspoon of syrup per day.
- Gotu kola (centellaasiatica)
Another traditional remedy, this one from the Ayurvedic medicine of India, gotu kola is considered studies suggest that this herb improves mental function such as memory, improves the ability to cope with stress and fatigue, gentle relieves anxiety and might even increase longevity.
Typical dosages: 2 to 3 cups tea per day or 20 to 40 drops of tincture two times per day or up to 800-600 milligram per day.
- Ashwagandha (withaniasomnifera)
Also called Indian ginseng, this herb has been used in Ayurvedic medicines for board for more than 2,500 years. Studies show that it reduces anxiety, bolster the immune system, and relieves the pain and swelling associated with inflammation. Like the ginseng, it seems to enhance the body’s ability to cope with stress and generally to enhance mental acuity, reaction time and physical performances.
Typical dosages: there’s no consensus on a therapeutic dose.
Prepared : by Dr. Shivani Amola