Here’s some health news about three popular herbs used in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). Panax ginseng, “Rhodiola rosea” and schisandra all pack a pretty powerful punch when it comes to not only boosting your health, but protecting you from all sorts of diseases, too.
Researchers from the Department of Applied Biology and Chemical Technology at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University analyzed the results of a number of clinical trials to determine the pharmacological effects — if any — of the three herbs. Here’s what they found.
For Panax ginseng, studies show that it could:
–Exert anti-inflammatory activity
–Boost pulmonary function
–Help with erectile dysfunction
–Improve cognition in patients with Alzheimer’s disease
–Promote sexual health in menopausal women
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For “Rhodiola rosea,” studies show that it could:
–Be effective for alleviating depression
— Reduce fatigue
For schisandra, studies show that:
— It has strong anti-cancer properties
How can these three herbs have such an impressive list of beneficial health effects? The researchers say that it has to do with the fact that ginseng, “R. rosea,” and schisandra are all adaptogens. Adaptogenic herbs are plants with properties that exert a normalizing influence on your body
— meaning they don’t overstimulate or inhibit the way your
body usually functions. Rather, these herbs adapt to you and boost your ability to fight off disease and cope with mental stress. Adaptogens are great at recharging your adrenal glands, which is your body’s mechanism for responding to stress and emotional changes. Thus, the researchers of this latest study say that ginseng, “R. rosea” and schisandra manage to help multiple functions in the body with an added bonus: their beneficial health effects can adapt and perform differently from one patient to the next. Adaptogens account for a person’s age, gender, environment, diet and even the season of the year. Now, that’s a pretty sophisticated herbal cure!