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Three Herbs for Fatigue




Ginseng

The latin name for this is Panax and it comes as Panax ginseng or Panax quinquefolius. Ginseng is known to be a bit more stimulatory on the central nervous system while quinquefolius is more calming but equally supportive. This herb is indicated for individuals with fatigue, chronic stress, chronic illness, cancer, depression, and diabetes. Numerous studies show it helpful in depression and it’s also a great prophylactic if you know stressful times are coming ahead!


Licorice

This is one of my favorite herbs as it has so many functions to aid the body. The latin name is Glycyrrhiza glabra which is how you may see it in herbal formulas. It helps maintain healthy cortisol levels (the stress hormone) and is particularly helpful for those with poor adrenal function. It also acts as a hormone modulator and a perfect herb to help with fatigue accompanied by hormonal imbalances like menstrual irregularity, PMS, hormonal acne, and PCOS.





Eleuthero

This herb is known to be one of the most gentle adaptogens. (Adaptogens are herbs supportive of the adrenal glands and stress response.) It can often be safe for women in pregnancy that have fatigue and are under great stress. It’s also a strong antioxidant and has also shown helpful in patients weaning of corticosteroids (eg prednisone) as this medication affects adrenal gland function. It’s latin name is Eleutherococcus senticosus.

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