What is Ayurveda?
Ayurveda is an ancient Indian medical system that relies on natural and holistic approaches to healing the body, mind, and spirit. It is considered to be the oldest form of medicine and modern science is just starting to pay attention. Where once Western medicine placated and patronized Ayurveda (or any healing outside its own dogma), the overwhelming evidence of its effectiveness is hard to ignore.
In Ayurveda, you are seen as a whole person, born with certain constitutions or dosha’s that make up who you are. We are seen as either balanced within these constitutions or out of balance. When we are out of balance, we work to bring ourselves back to homeostasis through food, herbs, meditation, lifestyle changes, and specific exercises. Ayurveda is complex and yet very simple at the same time.
However, one thing always holds true. In Ayurveda, we aim to work on the entire person as a whole, not on the symptoms or issues we/they are having. This is much the same way adaptogenic herbs work.
Adaptogens and How They Work
Adaptogenic herbs do not work on “fixing” or “curing” our symptoms. Adaptogenic herbs work on balancing our body and helping us to increase our resistance to stresses while nourishing us simultaneously with antioxidants, minerals, and terpenes.
First, to be considered an adaptogen, these herbs must be non-toxic in therapeutic doses, produce a non-specific state of resistance within the body to physical, emotional, or environmental stress and have a normalizing effect on the body.
When you eat or drink these amazing herbs, they work inside your body like internal cruise control. They pick you up as needed or gently bring you back into balance. This makes adaptogenic herbs safe and supportive while being profoundly effective.
Adaptogenic herbs have been used in Ayurvedic formulations for thousands of years safely and effectively. In particular, Ashwagandha, Tulsi, Brahmi (or Bacopa), Shatavari etc, have been used with success by ayurvedic practitioners to help bring their patients' good health.
Research is starting to show what Ayurvedic practitioners have always known. That adaptogens can help combat fatigue, can help enhance mental performance, make it easier to cope with depression and anxiety and to just generally make you feel better.
How to Incorporate Adaptogens Into Your Life
There are many ways to easily and effortlessly incorporate adaptogens into your everyday life. These herbs can be added to smoothies, drunk as a tea or in coffee, sprinkled or baked into food, and even taken as supplements.
It is important to note that adaptogens take time to work, so try not to expect a quick “fix” to your problems. It has been suggested that taking these herbs at the same time each day can be beneficial. Whatever way you choose to take adaptogenic herbs, just know that you are supporting and nourishing your body every time you do.
There is a lot in common between Ayurveda and adaptogens. Both strive to create a balanced constitution, are healing both aim to reduce pain and suffering. Both were created for you to thrive, heal, and succeed because you are worth it.
Written by: Amber Allen, Co-Founder & Head of Sales @ AdaptDaily