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Adaptogens

The term "adaptogen" was coined by A. V. Lazarev in 1947, a Russian pharmacologist. It refers to any substance that allows the subject to counteract stressors — of any type — through non-specific resistance, i.e., adaptation to the stress, be it chemical, metallic, electromagnetic, or organic, such as bacterial, viral, parasitic, or fungal infections. The stress could also be personal, such as due to overwork, overconsumption, or athletic exertion; and the stress could be emotional, such as due to grief, fear, loss, and other factors. To be an adaptogen, the herb or supplement must have as close to zero side effects as possible, i.e., it cannot interfere with normal physiological functions. Of the Ayurvedic herbs, it is generally conceded that ashwagandha and tulsi (holy basil) are the two best adaptogens, but all rasayanas have some adaptogenic properites.

 

Amla Extract made from wildcrafted Indian gooseberries.

Amla Extract, 2 oz.

Amla is a tropical gooseberry and one of the most important herbs in Ayurvedic medicine. It is the main ingredient in many formulas including the two best-selling formulations in history: the rejuvenative jam Chyawanprash and the cleansing formula Triphala. Amla is a superb antioxidant. It is also radioprotective, antitumoral, and analgesic. It is cardioprotective, hepatoprotective, and immune enhancing. Our amalaki is extracted from wildcrafted plants.

For pdf on Amla, click here.

Alcohol: 24-26%

Contents: organically grown Emblica officinalis fruit extract, 1:4, in Distilled Water, Organic Alcohol, and Vegetable Glycerin.

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Ashwagandha Extract, 2 oz.

Ashwagandha holds a premier place in the Ayurvedic pharmacopeia. It is both a rasayana herb, meaning one that aids the quality of life and longevity, as well as an adaptogen, an herb that improves our ability to cope with stress. This herb has a multitude of uses but to understand how research of prized Indian herbs is conducted, it is useful to consider how well an herb protects the patient from damaging changes when exposed to chemical, metallic, or radioactive hazards and how successfully the herb protects against free radicals. Ashwagandha is very high on the list of such valuable herbs, but it is most often used to improve male potency and endurance.

For pdf on Ashwagandha, click here.

Alcohol: 49-51%

Contents: 1:2 extract of organic Withania somnifera in Distilled Water, Organic Alcohol, and Vegetable Glycerin.

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Codonopsis Extract, 2 oz.

Codonopsis is sometimes referred to as the poor man's ginseng. It is rich in saponins and has a capacity to penetrate and cleanse tissues. It is considered particularly beneficial to the lungs, spleen, and stomach. Research shows that it reduces blood pressure and increases immunity and hemoglobin. It is an adaptogen and supports the adrenals. There is significant research suggesting that use of codonopsis during and after radiation treatment can be very helpful.

Alcohol: 24-26%

Contents: Codonopsis Tangshen root in distilled water, organic alcohol, and vegetable glycerin.

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Extract of Eleuthero Root, formerly called Siberian Ginseng

Eleuthero Root Extract, 2 oz.

Eleutherococcus senticosus is an adaptogen but not a true ginseng. It is sometimes called pseudo or Siberian ginseng but it is not actually a ginseng. It has blood sugar lowering effects and has been shown to bind estrogen receptors and stimulate T-lymphocyte activity and natural killer cell production. It is normally taken to increase coping margins and stamina, but it sometimes stimulates in a manner that makes it necessary to observe patients with hypertension carefully before using higher than recommended dosages. In China, this herb is taken by those suffering from bone marrow suppression following chemotherapy and radiation.

Alcohol: 40%

Contents: Eleutherococcus senticosus in distilled water, organic grain alcohol, and pure vegetable glycerin.

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Ginseng Extract, 2 oz.

Ginseng is one of the most famous adaptogenic herbs and has been used for thousands of years in Oriental medicine as a tonic, performance enhancer, and more recently for its usefulness in managing blood sugar levels in type II diabetes as well as lowering the risk of cancer. It is an antioxidant and, though warming, has anti-inflammatory properties. It is sometimes used alone or in combination with herbs such as Ginkgo biloba to improve memory and support energy during periods of intense study, such as during exam season.

Alcohol: 29-31%

Contents: Red Kirin Panax ginseng root in distilled water and organic alcohol.

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Holy Basil Extract, 2 oz. - Stress Reduction

Holy Basil Extract, 2 oz.

"Tulsi" means "the incomparable one" and holy basil is one of the most revered herbs in India. It is a rasayana herb, often used to calm, but it has the same high eugenol content of famous analgesics. Tulsi may therefore be a COX-2 inhibitor. It has also been found to lower blood sugar and cholesterol.

Alcohol: 59-61%

Contents: 1:4 extract of organically grown Ocimum sanctum leaf & flower in Distilled Water, Organic Alcohol, and Vegetable Glycerin.

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Maca Extract, 2 oz.

Maca is a cruciferous vegetable that is consumed mainly for its roots which are something like turnips or radishes. The roots are a staple of the Incan diet and regarded as a super food. Maca is renowned for its quick acting stamina boosting power. Herbalists consider the root to be a superb adaptogen. Maca grows in extremely high elevations and is cultivated without chemicals. It contains at least 55 phytonutrients, including hormonal precursors. It works predominantly on the adrenals and secondarily on the reproductive system. Many people use it to power up before long drives or enhance performance. It is non-addictive and helps to normalize pathogenic states. It is considered to be a nutrient for the entire endocrine system and has a high mineral count. Maca is contraindicated for individuals that have a history of estrogen positive cancer.

Alcohol: 40%

Contents: Lepidium meyenii root in Distilled Water, Organic Alcohol, and Vegetable Gycerin.

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Rhodiola Extract, 2 oz.

Rhodiola is an Arctic plant that is famed for its ability to promote endurance. It is an adaptogen, meaning it protects the user from harmful consequences of exertion and/or exposure to pollutants and toxins. It is cardioprotective and nourishing to the brain and memory.

Alcohol: 25%

Contents: 1:5 extract of organically grown Rhodiola rosea root in distilled water, organic alcohol, and vegetable glycerin.

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Sattva Elixir, 4 oz.

The sattvic state of mind is the yogic ideal. It is tranquil and harmonious. This formula has been developed for those who yearn for a peaceful and calm mind. It is a gently nourishing tonic, made in honey, and provides support for those who tend to become nervous when under stress. It relies heavily on rasayana herbs, all of which are regarded as longevity herbs in Ayurvedic medicine. Rasayana herbs are also antioxidants and most are adaptogens as well.

Alcohol: 19-21%

Contents: Proprietary blend of Asparagus racemosus root OG, Centella asiatica aerial parts OG, Glycyrrhiza glabra root, Convolvulus pluricaulis aerial parts, Ocimum sanctum leaf & flower OG, Bacopa monnieri aerial parts, Shilajit WC and honey in distilled water, organic alcohol, and vegetable glycerin.

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Schisandra Extract, 2 oz.

Schisandra is one of the truly famous adaptogenic herbs. These herbs "normalize" stress reactions so that regardless of the starting point, i.e., hyper or hypo, the energies are brought into more balance. The berries are particularly prized for their liver benefits, and like many liver herbs, they are support beautiful skin. They are considered to aid both mental and sexual function . . . well, this is truly an adaptogen. Studies suggest that schisandra buffers the stress of a wide variety of insults to the body, everything from frostbite to heavy metal exposure.

Alcohol: 24-26%

Contents: Schisandra chinesis berry, in distilled water, organic alcohol, and vegetable glycerin.

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Shatavari Extract, 2 oz.

Shatavari is a galactagogue and rasayana herb, used mainly but not exclusively by women. It is a hormonal regulator and useful at changes of life. It increases the libibo of both men and women. Like ashwagandha, it is also an adaptogen. Laboratory studies suggest that shatavari protects the brain and nervous system from damage from excitotoxins .

For pdf on Shatavari, click here.

Alcohol: 40%

Contents: 1:4 extract of organically grown Asparagus racemosus root in Distilled Water, Organic Alcohol, and Vegetable Glycerin.

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Suma Extract, 2 oz.

Traditionally, suma has been used somewhat like maca to increase stamina, including male libido, but it was introduced to North America for its gynecological benefits, hailed as an adaptogen, i.e., an herb that improves coping margins when dealing with stress. The roots are very high in amino acids, trace minerals, and vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, and E.

Alcohol: 40%

Contents: 1.5 extract of Pfaffia paniculata root in distilled water, 39-41% organic cane alcohol, and vegetable glycerin.

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Yang Elixir, 4 oz.

This formula includes some of the world's most important adaptogenic, antioxidant, and longevity herbs. It is intended for use by people who live a high stress life in which they are exposed to the ravages of electromagnetic, radioactive, metallic, and chemical pollutants. It can be used in small doses on practically a life-long basis or as protective agent when risks and stressors are greatest. Though it might be somewhat more suitable for men than for women, it is also safe for women to use.

Alcohol:

Contents: Proprietary blend of Withania somnifera root OG, Eleutherococcus senticosus root, Panax ginseng root, Schisandra chinesis berry, Salvia miltiorrhiza root OG, Shilajit WC and honey in distilled water, organic alcohol, and vegetable glycerin.

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Yin Elixir, 4 oz.

This formula combines some of the world"s most famous female tonic herbs with adaptogens as well as rasayana herbs. It can be used by women during both puberty and menopause as well as by anyone coming off hormone replacement therapy. It offers the additional benefits of having some gentle detoxifying and immune enhancing properties along with support for the brain and neurological system. Anyone who has been exposed to excitotoxins, venom, infections of the brain and nervous system can consider this tonic for long-term use.

Alcohol: 17-19%

Contents: Proprietary blend of Asparagus racemosus root OG, Rhodiola rosea root OG, Cimicifuga racemosa root OG, Dioscorea villosa, fresh root WC, Pfaffia paniculata root WC, Hemidesmus indicus root OG, Curcuma zedoaria rhizome OG, Glycyrrhiza glabra root, and honey in distilled water, organic alcohol, and vegetable glycerin.

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