Reduce Fatigue and Increase Energy With Tonic Herbs

If you’re like millions of Americans, the first thing you do when you get up in the morning is head straight to the coffee pot. You’re hardly alone. In 1999, there were 108 million coffee drinkers in America consuming 3.1 cups of coffee a day. World wide consumption of coffee is to the tune of two billion cups a day and is the largest export after oil. We humans love our coffee.

Just why do we drink coffee? That’s pretty obvious. The goal is of course, to increase energy, but the mechanism of coffee, more accurately caffeine, is that it artificially activates the adrenals, the fight of fight glands. Apart from the potential insomnia and nervousness, when you drink too much coffee and rely on it for energy, your adrenals can get worn out, creating many more problems. Too much coffee can eventually end up being the cause of exhaustion and fatigue. But even if you don’t drink coffee, wouldn’t it be nice to increase your energy or your physical and mental performance to simply get more out of your day?

Enter the tonic herbs.

They are also referred to as adaptogens, which literally means they can help your body ‘adapt’ to stress. One of the things that stress does to the body is the same as what coffee does: it activates the adrenals. And too much stress over time will do the same thing as excess coffee can potentially do: wear out the adrenal glands. While a certain amount of coffee is generally considered to be harmless, why not increase your energy naturally and avoid the potential?

While the most famous of the tonic herbs is ginseng, there are many that are less well known that I like even better. Herbs such as cordyceps, astragalus, atractylodes and codonopsis are among the finest tonic herbs that nature has provided for us. These herbs are found in Traditional Chinese Medicine which predates western medicine by a few thousand years and they have a long history of safe and effective use. Another favorite adaptogen, Ashwaganda, comes from the Ayurvedic system of medicine of India which even predates the aforementioned Traditional Chinese Medicine. While they are sometimes used on their own, tonic herbs are seen combined together to obtain a synergistic effect, where they become even more effective.

Under chronic stress conditions, be it job, financial, or even illness, you are more susceptible to a variety of further health problems, because stress robs your body of energy, lowers immunity, and simply decreases general health and well being. So restoring homeostasis, or balance, is critical to good health and quality of life. That’s what the tonic herbs do best.

Tonic herbs have proven to be effective for increasing energy and in improving both physical and mental performance under stressful conditions. Many of the tonic herbs have been well studied here and many more in other countries. They are now becoming much more common in America, much to our good fortune.

A few years ago, China’s Olympic athletes used several of the adaptogen and tonic herbs to improve physical performance with very positive results, actually prompting many athletes to begin looking at herbs as a way to increase performance and improve energy without the well documented problems of steroids. Now, many world class athletes use tonic herbs as an important part of their supplement program.

They not only help to increase energy and improve performance, but also help in many other ways as well. They can stimulate the immune system, slow down aging due to their anti-oxidant properties, help you recover faster from overwork or illness, and in general simply help you perform your daily tasks more efficiently. And unlike the energy drinks that seem to be everywhere, you won’t have the dreaded energy crash. Energy drinks will not help you build your health and revitalize a tired body like the tonic and adaptogen herbs can.

So if you want to increase energy and decrease fatigue as well as improve physical or mental performance, I urge you to look at tonic herbs. They are safe and effective and have thousands of years of use. The world of tonic herbs awaits.

Chinese Tonic Herbs For Americans

There are common traits shared by humans. They are: the capacity to love another, to seek health and happiness, to feel complete, and to want to share these qualities with everyone. The ecosystem is complex, yes, but that doesn’t mean it has to be confusing. Many are hitting the books and searching the internet for elements which conduct positive energy, conduits to a better standard of living.

For Americans, there are so many expectations. We have big shoes to fill and we wear them proudly. Despite our confidence, it is evident that several methods and technologies from psychological treatment to the medical industry fall short of the high water mark that quivers in the peak of our imaginations. We want something deeper, more pure, and longer lasting.

In the latter half of the twentieth century, science and myth came to a head. The rediscovery of particular Chinese herbs called tonics became the crowning achievements for many academic and medical practitioners. Although these herbs such as reishi, jiaogulan, schizandra, and goji berries have been used for countless generations in the orient, there is now a large scale revival of their consumption within America.

Reishi is a mushroom that is extracted into a tea or powdered form. It is called the “herb of immortality.” As the king of herbs, it is the most revered herbal substance in Asia having an immune modulating effect of the highest degree. It regulates the body’s systemic functions, balancing excessive or deficient shortcomings. It is extremely high in phytochemicals and is a great mood enhancer with no contraindications or side effects.

Jiaogulan is known as “poor man’s ginseng.” This adapogenic herb that has many constituents and benefits to list works by lowering cholesterol and blood pressure, and also aids in digestion. Daily ingestion through tea improves strength and endurance, regulating the immune system, and providing an over-all anti-aging effect, reducing inflammation and fatigue.

Schizandra is a berry. Its name literally means “five flavors” and it is one of the most elite herbs in TCM. It is an amazing sex tonic and beautifying herb. It is also beneficial to the eyes, skin, hair, mental capacity, and is a great aid in detoxification. This wonderful fruit tonifies internal organs and tissues while offering a sense of vitality and invigoration.

Often used in conjunction with schizandra are goji berries. They may be the most delicious herb known to the world. These small, plump berries pack quite a nutritional punch! In the superior class of herbs, this tonic cleanses the blood, improves and protects eyesight, benefits the liver and kidneys, and maybe most importantly, replenishes vital essence (Yin Jing).

Tonics are very inexpensive for the benefits that are given. In addition, only small doses are needed to produce vast reserves of energy, mobility, and joy. All tonics are classified as adaptogens, meaning that they work with the mind and body, not pushing or draining the system, just balancing it. Try incorporating some of these ancient Chinese foods into your American diet and in no time at all you will notice the difference.

Tonic Herbs For Immune Defense

Although the doctors of modern western medicine would have you believe that herbs cannot have any healing effects on you (read “Media Censorship at Olympics in China Mirrors FDA Censorship of Health Product Claims in America” by Mike Adams of, in other parts of the world, herbs are highly revered. Western herbs do have some healing qualities, but the herbs I am referring to are the tonic herbs of Traditional Chinese Medicine, the Ayurvedic system, and the healing traditions of some South American countries. Tonic herbs do exactly what their name implies. They tonify the systems of the body. Tonic herbs are an elite class of herbs which can and should be taken on a daily basis, with little to no risk, and no side effects.

Reishi: Ganoderma Lucidum, commonly known as reishi, is considered a “superior” tonic in Traditional Chinese Medicine. It has been sought after for thousands of years, and to find it in the wild is truly rare. It is known as “The Mushroom of Immortality” and “The herb of spiritually potency.” Reishi is antiviral, antifungal, anti-parasitic, and anti-inflammatory. Reishi has many bioactive polysaccharides, which are long-chain carbohydrates with medicinal qualities. It possesses anti-tumor qualities due to these polysaccharides. The extract of this amazing mushroom is hailed for effectively regressing tumors. Reishi can also help to lessen or negate the harmful and unpleasant side effects of treatments such as chemotherapy. For this reason, it is widely given to cancer victims in China. Reishi also possesses immunomodulating qualities. It strengthens the immune system with double ended action: it raises (or lowers) the immune defense to the proper levels without overstimulating the immune system thereby preventing autoimmune dis-eases. Autoimmune dis-eases result when the immune system can no longer distinguish its own cells from invading harmful cells and begins to attack itself. HIV/AIDS is a severe autoimmune dis-ease, but the very allergies which most of us suffer from are the result of autoimmune dysfunction as well. Reishi is adaptogenic, meaning it assists the body in adapting to internal and external stressors, thereby balancing bodily systems and maintaining homeostasis (balance).

I take reishi everyday. It has enhanced my life in so many ways, most notably, the way I interact with the world around me. There are less stressors and agitations, and I have more of a spiritual understanding of my place and purpose. Since I began taking reishi, I have not suffered from the severe seasonal allergies which plagued me my entire life. I encourage you to do your own internet research on reishi. There is so much information available about this that I simply cannot condense it any further for you…but it is out there. It works.

Agaricus: Agaricus, known as “God’s mushroom” is another amazing medicinal mushroom. It too has immunomodulting effects, and is extremely potent. It is the richest known source of the polysaccharide-proteins known as Beta-Glucans (Beta-1,6-D-glucan and Beta-1,3-D-glucan). These polysaccharides are macrophage activators. Macrophages are the first line of immune defense in our bodies, the cells which seek out and destroy harmful foreign substances like viruses, fungi, yeast, and even heavy metals and pollutants. Anytime the viral load of the human body reaches a level which is no longer maintainable by macrophage activity, dis-ease results. Agaricus can be taken safely, everyday, without side effects, and like reishi, will not over stimulate the immune system. These tonic herbs are intelligent, and once you begin taking them, you will understand how they work with your individual chemical-molecular make up.

Holy Basil: Holy basil, also known as Tulsi, is one of the most highly revered herbs in the Auyurvedic Medical system of India. Traditionally, it is said that Tulsi balances the chakras (wheels or energy centers within the body), thereby balancing the flow of energy to all the systems of the body. Like reishi, holy basil is an adaptogen, and assists the body in lowering stress and fatigue levels. Holy basil has been scientifically proven to reduce the level of cortisol (a stress causing hormore) in the body. It can help to calm the body and the mind and reduces anxiety levels. It has also been shown to protect the cells from the harmful effects of radiation exposure. Holy basil has many health enhancing qualities and can be taken daily.