One cool thing about being in an Integrative Medicine fellowship was learning about other medical systems around the world- some thousands of years old like Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine!
Many western medicines are derived from plants, so I loved learning more about botanicals and how they’re used elsewhere. I had never heard of ADAPTOGENS but the use of botanicals to help with different types of stress is an idea that’s thousands of years old. So here’s a brief overview just for educational purposes.
This is not medical advice- ideally you’d work with a knowledgeable practitioner who is comfortable with these plants. It would be important to have someone who knows interactions with other medications and expected side effects, risks & benefits. Integrative medicine is unique in that it can use the best of all worlds.
I know we have some herbalists (Kit Creemer), Integrative Medicine and Ayurvedic practitioners (Dr. Siri Chand Khalsa MD, Physician Coach) who follow us, so please give us pointers if you see something we missed!
Some of these plants have good human studies- some don’t have any but have been used for thousands of years. We’d be happy to do a deep dive on any that you’re curious about. A good evidence based app that patients & practitioners can both use to learn more is called AboutHerbs from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.
If there are other botanicals, supplements, vitamins, aspects of nutrition you’d like more info about, like and drop a comment! Tag or share with a friend who you think might be interested in topics like these. ❤️😍
Shout out to WellCova! Another Integrative Medicine doc who has a line of Ashwaganda tea we have tried that is delightful. 😁☕️