Unlike the modern medicine which focuses on fixing only what’s broken, ancient traditions of Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine focus on the long-term healing and support of the whole body, and often on prevention rather than quick fixes. Considering that most of us live highly busy, fast-paced lifestyles, we could all use some support and stress-alleviation.
For this reason, tonics made from Chinese and Ayurvedic herbs could be the best thing you do for your health. If consumed regularly, these simple herbal tonics will help you increase your energy levels and alleviate effects of stress by supporting your endocrine and nervous system, thyroid, and digestive health.
Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera)
Ashwagandha is an ancient but still popular and commonly used herb in Ayurvedic medicine. It’s an adaptogen herb, meaning it adapts to your own body chemistry and gently balances things that are out-of-sync. Ashwagandha is mostly used to calm the mind, ease the symptoms of anxiety and depression and enhance cognitive abilities. At the same time, it’s used to increase energy levels and stamina and strengthen the immune system.
Ashwagandha is also highly anti-inflammatory, thanks to withanolides, which are naturally occurring chemical compounds with adaptogenic qualities.
Usage: Generally, it’s recommended a person starts with 500 mg to 1 g of dried Ashwagandha root powder a day. If dried root powder is not your preference, you can try the liquid extract. In that case, the recommended dosage is ½ teaspoon two to three times a day. Or, you can make yourself an Ashwagandha tea daily.
Panax ginseng (Panax ginseng)
In Asia, ginseng has been used for thousands of years. Today, its popularity is growing worldwide, and for a good reason: this herb has great medicinal properties and can treat a wide array of health problems, including depression, chronic fatigue, diabetes, inflammations and others. There are two species of ginseng that can be used as remedies: Panax ginseng and Panax quinquefolius. The first species grows in China and is highly recommended for usage, while the latter species is an American ginseng, and should be used only if it’s harvested in the wild.
Whatever type of ginseng you choose to use, know that in general, ginseng can help lower the levels of stress hormones, boost the health of the immune system and improve mental and cognitive capabilities. This is especially useful for people who lead the typical modern, stressful lives.
Usage: Generally, it’s recommended one starts with no more than 3 g of ginseng powdered root daily. If you prefer liquid extract, that’s ¼ to ½ teaspoon a day. Alternatively, you can also make and drink ginseng tea daily.