5 Herbs for Immunity, Energy and Stress Relief
Ashwagandha (fatigue & insomnia)
The roots of this nightshade plant, also known as Indian ginseng or winter cherry, have been used in parts of Asia and Africa to treat various ailments, including lower back pain, arthritis, sexual dysfunction, and stomach upset. A review of scientific studies published in Alternative Medicine Review concluded that the herb fights stress and has a positive effect on the central nervous system. Ashwagandha fights anxiety, fatigue, stress-induced insomnia, and exhaustion, says Winston.
How to take: Tincture (1:5): 30 to 40 drops three times a day. Capsules: one 400 to 500 mg capsule twice a day.
Reishi (emotional balance)
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practitioners use this herb to calm the mind and restore emotional balance. A study in the Journal of Medicinal Food found eight weeks of treatment with reishi reduced fatigue and improved wellbeing in 123 Chinese patients diagnosed with fatigue. The mushroom has polysaccharides, carbohydrates that boost disease-fighting cells.
How to take: Tincture (1:5): 80 to 100 drops four to six times a day. Capsules (mycelial extracts): three 500 to 1,000 mg capsules three times a day.