Adaptogenic Herbs:
An Herbal Remedy Index


This categorized list of adaptogenic herbs are among those herbal medicinal plants most recognized around the world as adaptogens.

This class of herbs is frequently used as a unique and natural alternative medicine and herbal remedy for treating the many forms of stress we encounter in our daily living and the widespread stress-related complications we fall victim to.


Chinese Herbal Medicines

Adaptogenic Herbs Known As
Qi Tonic Herbs, Superior or Kingly Herbs:


Asian ginseng (Panax ginseng), Korean or Chinese ginseng – Ren shen --stimulates the central nervous system, adrenal exhaustion

*Astragalus (Astragalus membranaceus), Milk vetch – Huang qi
--helps support the immune system, cardiac function

Cordyceps (Cordyceps sinensis), Chinese caterpillar fungus – Dong chong xia cao
--lung and kidney tonic, normalizes immunity responses, treats fatigue

Dang shen (Codonopsis pilosula), Codonopsis, Asian bellflower – Dang shen
-- immune tonic, aids the digestive tract, builds red blood cells treating anemia and tiredness

Eleuthero (Eleutherococcus senticolsis), Siberian ginseng – Ci wu jia
-- adrenal and immunity tonic, improves stamina, aids recovery and helps fatigue

*He shou wu (Polygonum multiflorum), Fo-ti – He shou wu
-- tonic for the liver, kidney, and blood, calms nervousness

Jiaogulan (Gynostemma pentaphyllum) - Jiao gu lan
-- enhances immune system and cardiac function, a calming nervine for anxiety/stress headaches and insomnia, agitation

Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra, G. uralensis) – Gan cao / Yashtimadhu
-- small amounts regulate autoimmune systems and HPA axis function, soothes gastro-intestinal tract

*Lycium (Lycium chinensis, L. barbarum), Goji, wolfberry – Gou qu zi
-- nutritive antioxident, fortifies immune system, lowers blood sugar levels

*Prince seng (Pseudostellaria heterophylla), Pseudostellaria – Tai zi shen
-- supports and boosts immunity

Reishi Mushroom (Ganoderma laucidum) – Ling zhi
-- regulates the immunological responses, calms the mind and soothes nerves

Schisandra (Schisandra chinensis), Chinese Magnolia vine – Wu wei zi
-- balances the nervous, immune, and endocrine systems; relieves anxiety, stress-induced palpitations/asthma; promotes the production of glutathione, an essential liver antioxident and healthy liver function


Ayurveda Herbal Medicine

Adaptogenic Herbs Known As
Rasayanas or Rejuvenating Herbs:


*Amla (Emblica officianalis), Indian gooseberry – Yu gan zi / Amalaki
-- antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, strengthens circulatory system

Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), Indian ginseng, Winter cherry – Ashwagandha
-- a calming nervine for stress-induced insomnia, anxiety, relieves muscle spasm, regulates the adrenal gland

*Gotu Kola (Centella asiatica) – Fo ti tieng / Kula kud
-- an herb for anxiety, mental fatigue, irritability, also to enhance memory and concentration

Guduchi (Tinospora cordifolia), Indian tinospora – Kuan jin teng / Guduchi
-- normalizes immune function, supports liver function

Holy Basil (Ocimum sanctum, O. gratissimum), Sacred basil – Luo le / Tulsi
-- calms the nervous system, helps adjust cortisol hormone levels and blood sugar

Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra, G. uralensis) – Gan cao / Yashtimadhu
-- supports a healthy immune response, HPA axis system, aids inflammation of stomach and bowel

*Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus), Indian asparagus – Shatavari / Tian men dong
-- a nutritive tonic for chronic fatigue, immune system

Shilajit (Asphaltum bitumen) – Shilajit / Mumie
-- helps lower blood sugar and total cholesterol levels


Western Herbal Medicine

Adaptogenic Herbs Known as
Adaptogens:


American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius), Sang, seng – Xi yang shen
-- helps correct HPA axis imbalances, gently energizes the central nervous system, relieves fatigue, boosts immune system, enhance stamina

*Chaga Mushroom (Inonotus obliquus)
-- supports immune function, anti-inflammatory properties

Eleuthero (Eleutherococcus senticosus), Siberian ginseng – Ci wu jia
-- anti-stress, strengthens immune health, increase physical endurance, aids in recovery and fatigue

*Hawthorn (Crataegus oxyacantha)
-- antioxidant, helps support the heart and palpitations, maintain healthy blood pressure, protects arteries and blood vessels, anxiety, insomnia, irritability

Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra, G. uralensis), - Gan cao / Yashtimadhu
-- regulates immune and HPA axis function, soothes gastro-intestinal tract, supports healthy digestive system

*Maca (Lepidium meyenii), Peruvian ginseng
-- a nutritive, increases energy and stamina, balances body systems

*Manchurian Thorn Tree (Aralia manshurica)
-- stimulates the central nervous system, improves immune health, increase stamina and performance

Rhaponticum (Rhaponticum carthamoides), Maral root
-- stimulates immune system, stabilize blood sugar levels, heart tonic, aids in performance, endurance and recovery of physical stress, helps recuperation after illness, prevents stress-related sleep problems, weight loss, depression and fatigue

Rhodiola (Rhodiola rosea), Golden root – Hong jing tian
-- broad reaching effects regulate immune function, mild nervous system tonic balances stress-related cortisol hormone levels, reduce fatigue, protects the heart, enhance brain function, antioxidant, antidepressant

*Suma (Pfaffia paniculata), Brazilian ginseng - Para todo (Indian tribes of South America)
-- balance blood sugar levels, enhance the immune system, strengthen the muscular system, and as a general restorative tonic after illness.

*Non-confirmed adaptogens, but showing possible evidence as adaptogenic herbs (lacking the same level of scientific research)



Of all the herbs studied and used throughout the world, adaptogenic herbs are the most effective in reducing stress and preventing many of its harmful consequences.

Adaptogen herbs are non-toxic and essentially have few if any side effects on either physical or mental health.



DISCLAIMER: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. This information is not a substitute for consulting with your physician or other health care provider.



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