What adaptogenic herbs are?
The adaptogens help to calm and regulate the stress response (i.e. fight or flight) by modulating adrenal gland function. The example of those herbs is tulsi also known as holy basil. Those are wonderful herbs for supporting health. They take us out of overdrive and help our nervous systems stay more in cruise control!
Because the adrenal stress system is also tied into our immune system as well as our hormones, they help us to stay healthy and also to treat problems ranging from infertility to certain autoimmune conditions such as Rheumatoid arthritis. They can also help to improve blood sugar, stress tolerance and improve your concentration and work performance. In addition to the ones mentioned already, there is rhodiola which is excellent for all of the above in addition to helping with anxiety, ginseng for energy and stamina, and American ginseng, which is similar to ginseng but a bit less stimulating.
Source: Organic Spa Magazine, August 2014