|Using herbs on a daily basis to prevent disease, enhance health and well-being, increase one’s ability to cope with stress and slow down the aging process is nothing new. The Chinese have been doing it for thousands of years. But only after Soviet scientists began studying herbs intensely in the 1950s did herbs attract the attention of Western health practitioners.|
What the Soviet studies showed is that certain herbs, which the Russians called “adaptogens,” have the ability to normalize body functions. For example, if your blood sugar levels dip too low or your blood pressure jumps too high, an adaptogen will help your body return to normal levels with no harmful side effects. Adaptogens are most effective in helping people who are not in the extremes of poor or peak health but somewhere in the middle.
Herbal adaptogens, specifically the 16 detailed in this book, hold great promise for the prevention of chronic illness because of their ability to enhance resistance to a variety of adverse influences. For instance, all types of ginseng have been shown to lower cholesterol levels and help the body cope with stress. Arctic root protects the nervous and endocrine systems and promotes healthy immunity. Studies show that elderberry protects the cardiovascular system and acts as an antiviral force, while licorice retards the growth of certain cancers. Green tea, drunk daily by millions of Chinese, detoxifies the liver, protects DNA and helps prevent heart disease.About the Authors: Earl Mindell, R.Ph., Ph.D. is a professor of nutrition at Pacific Western University. In addition to writing several hundred articles on the subject of alternative health, Dr. Mindell has written more than thirty books and booklets, including the best-selling Earl Mindell’s Vitamin Bible and Earl Mindell’s Herb Bible. Dr. Mindell received his pharmacy degree from North Dakota State University and his doctorate in nutrition from Pacific Western University.Donald Yance, Jr., C.N., M.H., A.H.G., is a practicing clinical master herbalist and certified nutritionist specializing in the use of nutritional and herbal approaches to cancer, AIDS, heart disease and other chronic health conditions, as complementary and/or primary therapies and in the prevention of disease. Mr. Yance is the author of Herbal Medicine, Healing and Cancer. He also writes and reviews articles for several nutritional and herbal journals, including Alternative Medicine Journal, Prevention magazine, Self magazine and Vegetarian Times, and he contributes a bimonthly article, “An Herbal Case History,” toTotal Health.