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Author: Eric Madrid, MD

In this article:

  • Panax ginseng
  • Ashwagandha
  • Licorice (Gan Cao)
  • Mac
  • Rhodiola (Hong zjing Tian)

An adaptogen is a plant substance which helps to protect cells from damage caused by environmental and chemical stress factors. Plants that contain this substance, acquire the power and ability to protect against these stress factors due to the fact that grow in harsh climatic conditions. For example, Rhodiola and ginseng, two well-known adaptogen, rising to the height of 3 km above sea level in the atmosphere with low oxygen content and in areas with cold climate. According to “the Book disease prevention Life Extension”, in order for the plant was classified as adaptogens, it must meet three criteria: be non-toxic, have the ability to physiological normality and to have more than one mechanism of action.

Adaptogens can significantly improve the health of women due to their ability to improve the immune system, fight fatigue, reduce the symptoms of menopause and much more.

Panax ginseng

Panax ginseng take for many diseases. The use of this plant in medicine started in Korea, where it is used for more than 2000 years. Ginseng is also grown in parts of China and Siberia. Panax ginseng is unique — it should not be confused with other known species of ginseng, such as American and Siberian ginseng. Panax ginseng also called Korean, Chinese or Asian ginseng.

Panax ginseng is available in tablet, liquid or powder. Its dosage varies depending on the reasons for its use. The deadline ginseng also depends on certain factors. The intake of ginseng common brings many different benefits. Listed below are some of the most well-known beneficial properties of ginseng, the existence of which is confirmed by many studies:

  • support the immune system;
  • cancer prevention;
  • improve cardiovascular health;
  • improving neurological health;
  • weight management;
  • control of blood sugar levels;
  • eliminating anxiety and depression;
  • getting rid of fatigue.

Recommended dose: indicated on the label. Can also be used in the form of hot tea.

Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera)

Ashwagandha can help chronic condition characterized by low levels of energy. This plant grows in Asia, particularly in India and some parts of China. It is commonly used in Ayurvedic medicine as a cure for fatigue for two reasons:

Increase energy

The study, which was published in 2013 in the publication of Integrative Cancer Therapies (“Integrative cancer therapy”) showed that ashwagandha can help increase energy levels and quality of life of patients undergoing treatment for cancer.

Increase endurance

Animal studies have also shown that ashwagandha can help increase energy levels and stamina. A study of athletes, conducted at the University. Ahmet Yasawi (AYU) in 2015 has shown that ashwagandha may help to improve the endurance and quality of life.

The recommended dose of ashwagandha — 500 mg once or twice a day

Licorice (DGS or deglycyrrhizinated licorice)

When most people think of liquorice (or licorice), come to mind candy (not the plant). However, licorice is a plant that has long played an important role in traditional Chinese medicine. It is often used to help people with fatigue syndrome adrenal glands — a common disease of women. Active substances contained in licorice, are, in particular, glycyrrhizin and genistein.

Studies conducted for many decades, confirms the benefits of licorice DGS. A study in 1968 showed that this natural remedy can cure stomach ulcers and intestinal ulcers, while the 1978 study published in the British Medical Journal (“British medical journal”), showed that it can also be useful in the prevention of stomach ulcers. In addition, according to the 2012 survey, this medicine is also useful for people with indigestion.

The recommended dosage of licorice root — 450-900 mg per day.

Maca root

Maca root (Lepidium meyenii) is an adaptogenic product that represents a part of the plant grown in the Andes in South America. It grows to a height of 4000-5000 m above sea level. The Incas have used Maca as a traditional medicine. It has numerous medical benefits and has been used mostly to enhance both libido and fertility. Many considered it an aphrodisiac. Over time revealed some other benefits of Maca, which are described below.

Improving symptoms of anxiety

The study, which was published in 2008 in Menopause (“Menopause”), showed that women who took 3.5 grams poppies per day, decreased symptoms of anxiety and depression and noted lower levels of sexual dysfunction compared to women taking a placebo pill.

The improvement of symptoms associated with menopause

Around the age of 50 years in women starting hormonal changes, commonly called menopause. While most women experience this change quietly, some others are experiencing menopause related symptoms, which can cause problems. Conducted in 2005 the study showed that Maca can improve the symptoms that women experience during early menopause.

Increase libido

Millions of women around the world are taking antidepressants and drugs against anxiety. Common side effects of these drugs, known as SSRIs (selective inhibitors of serotonin reuptake) is a reduction in libido or sexual desire. A study conducted in 2015, has shown that Maca root may help to alleviate this common side effect.

Recommended dose: indicated on the label.


Also known as “Golden root”, Rhodiola grows in the Arctic regions of Asia and Eastern Europe. For this reason it is also called “Arctic root”. It is the basic tool of traditional Chinese medicine and has been used by the Vikings for its ability to increase endurance and help the body cope with the effects of environmental and psychological stress factors. To date discovered many beneficial properties of Rhodiola for women’s health.


Rhodiola may help people with unexplained fatigue. The results of a study published in 2009 in Planta Medica concluded that using Rhodiola can reduce fatigue.

Increase physical endurance

Athletes participating in competitions of different levels, often looking for ways to improve your endurance. This can help Rhodiola. In the study, whose findings were published in 2009 in Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine (“Chinese journal of integrative medicine”), it was concluded: “Herbal Supplement with a mixture of Rhodiola and gingko could improve the endurance by increasing oxygen consumption and protecting against fatigue”. A study published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research (the”Journal of strength and hardening”) in 2013, also confirmed the ability of Rhodiola to enhance stamina.

Anxiety and depression

Millions of people around the world suffer from symptoms of anxiety and depression. These States can change for the worse the lives of many people and even cause negative physical effects. The time the counselor or psychologist may be helpful in this situation, but sometimes it is not enough. When anxiety and depression are often prescribed medications, but many people are worried about the side effects of these drugs, so they are looking for more natural means of addressing the problem.

The study, the results of which were published in 2016 in phytomedicine is (“Phytomedicine”), showed that Rhodiola may be an effective treatment for people suffering from depression. In turn, in a study conducted in 2015, Dr. Crowley, it was concluded that people who use Rhodiola,

“…. indicates a significant decrease in anxiety, stress, anger, confusion and depression on day 14 of admission and significant improvement in General mood.”

Protection from dementia and Alzheimer’s disease

Rhodiola can help protect the brain from oxidative damage and play an important role in the prevention and treatment of dementia. This vital adaptogen is used in the natural approach to the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease by a neurologist Dale Bredesen, doctor of the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). Read more.

Useful properties of Rhodiola have been demonstrated in numerous studies, including research 2016, conducted by Dr. bei Zhang. In another study carried out in 2015, Rhodiola has been studied as a promising drug of traditional Chinese medicine.

High blood pressure

Millions of women worldwide suffer from high blood pressure. A study conducted in 2017, revealed that Rhodiola has beneficial properties in reducing blood pressure. In turn, the 2012 survey, whose results were published in Phytotherapy Research (“Research of herbal medicine”) is also demonstrated that Rhodiola may lower blood pressure with regular use. In addition, the study on rabbits, conducted in 2006, showed that Rhodiola may reduce the level of the enzyme ACE (angiotensin converting enzyme). Therefore, its effects are similar to the effects of drugs, which the doctors called ACE inhibitors. Note: never stop taking drugs to normalize blood pressure, if you have not received the recommendation of his doctor, on the termination of their admission.

Recommended dosage. Capsule containing 200-500 mg of Rhodiola, one to two times daily or as directed on the label. Liquid extract of Rhodiola — as stated on the label.


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  • The author of this article — doctor Eric Madrid, a member of the American Council on integrative and holistic medicine, certified American Board of family medicine and the American Council on integrative and holistic medicine. He is the author of “the purpose of the vitamin D, the healing energy of the sun.” Eric Madrid graduated from medical school at Ohio State University. He is a partner of Rancho Family Medical Group and is accepting patients in Menifee, California. More information about Dr. Madrid here.