Adaptogens or Rasayanas
Adaptogens, according to various viewpoints, are certain compounds, plants, part of plants or occurrences, use of which results with stabilisation of physiological processes at the cellular level and stimulating of homeostasis, such as decreased cell sensitivity to stress.
It is believed that these substances promote and improve physical and mental health, increase resistance to stress, maintain defence system of the organism and extend life span. Contemporary science calls these substances adaptogens.
Protection in human body should function impeccably. Adrenal gland is responsible for injecting adrenalin and cortisol into our system.
Supporters of herbal medicine claim that nature provides a handful of herbal solutions that regulate and increase cell resistance to stress, most probably through a positive impact on adrenal gland.
According to them, and numerous clinical trials have also confirmed, that adaptogens are not stimulants. On the contrary, they support the state of calmness and balance.
According to numerous scientist, adaptogens in Ayurveda are called rasayanas. Rasayanas in Ayurveda are herbs/plants and herbal remedies which are believed to support physical and mental health, improve immune system and extend a life span. From the ayurvedic stance, these herbs/plants are not toxic even in the large doses.
Which plants are adaptogens?
Garlic – Allium sativum
Plantago – Plantago