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 +====== Adaptogen ======
 +The word adaptogen describes an
 +agent that:
 +1. Has a normalizing effect on a
 +wide range of body functions
 +2. Has a non-specific action that
 +helps the body overcome stress
 +regardless of the direction of stress
 +3. Is non-toxic when used in normal
 +What are the premier herbs used by Western and European herbalists?
 +The premier herbs used by Western and European herbalists generally fall into a category
 +known as adaptogens, herbs that bring balance back to the body no matter what the
 +direction of imbalance. Some adaptogens will bring your blood pressure down if it is
 +high, or bring it up if it is low. Others will regulate
 +your thyroid whether its function is high or low (Rege
 +et al. 1999). Soy products are good examples of
 +these substances because they can be used
 +beneficially whether estrogen levels are high or low.
 +If the body’s estrogen levels are low, the mild
 +concentration of plant estrogens in soy will stimulate
 +cell receptor sites (the on/off switches for cellular
 +function). Conversely, if the body’s estrogen levels
 +are high, the same mild plant estrogens will block the
 +more powerful human estrogens from reaching the same sites. Thus, soybeans are
 +hormonal adaptogens.
 +[[Fair Use]]
 +Source: [[Alan Keith Tillotson]],​ The [[One Earth Herbal Sourcebook]],​ 2001
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