Many women are so constantly stressed and fatigued that they find it hard to make it through the day. The culprit is often their adrenal glands, which have been overworked to the point of exhaustion. When adrenal health isn’t optimal, other systems in the body may be thrown off, as well. Here are three herbs that can be used to address balance and energy in the body.
Rhodiola rosea. Rhodiola is a highly esteemed adaptogen, a substance which literally helps the body adapt to stress. It has a long history of use for helping to fight fatigue and enhance physical and mental performance. There are more than 200 species of Rhodiola, but Rhodiola rosea is considered the preferred form because it contains beneficial compounds known as rosavins.
Siberian Ginseng. Research has demonstrated that Siberian ginseng, also known as eleuthero root, is associated with a mellow energy boost without the kick of caffeine. It’s important to note that people with uncontrolled high blood pressure or taking the drug digoxin should not take Siberian ginseng.
Reishi. Nicknamed “the mushroom of immortality” by the Chinese, Reishi (lingzhi) mushrooms were believed to enhance memory and support happiness, good health and longevity. But extensive research confirms that Reishi also contains compounds that may offer health benefits. They are commonly eaten in stir-fry dishes and soups, but also available in supplement form.
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Laurie Steelsmith, ND, LAc, is a naturopathic physician and licensed acupuncturist who specializes in women’s health. She is the co-author of Great Sex, Naturally: Every Woman’s Guide to Enhancing Her Sexuality Through the Secrets of Natural Medicineand co-author of Natural Choices for Women’s Health: How the Secrets of Natural and Chinese Medicine Can Create a Lifetime of Wellness.