that secrete hormones into the bloodstream, carried to every organ/tissue which influences all functions of the body. Stress is at the heart of many health conditions. When the body is stressed, your capacity to adapt is reduced, which can wreak havoc on the immune, nervous and inflammatory response systems (endocrine glands). (The inflammatory response [inflammation] occurs when tissues are injured by bacteria, trauma, toxins, heat, or any other cause.) The damaged cells release chemicals including histamine, bradykinin, and prostaglandins. These chemicals cause blood vessels to leak fluid into the tissues, causing swelling. This helps isolate the foreign substance from further contact with body tissues.)
Adaptogenic herbs that help the body manage stress include ashwagandha root, astragalus, schisandra, wild oats and American ginseng (which, in addition it supports normal levels of stamina and endurance). Optimizing adrenal gland function is essential to combating stress.
Adrenal health provides nourishment to the adrenals, enabling the body to adapt to stress in a healthy way. These types of herbs help nourish and restore optimal nervous and immune system health by normalizing mood, energy levels, and overall immune function.
Another group of herbs that help maintain liver function promotes healthy liver enzymes and provides nourishing support to the immune system include Reishi & Maitake Mushrooms, Licorice, Astragalus, Skullcap and Bupleurum Root.
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In the upcoming months I will cover each of the glands. If you have any questions about their correlated chakras or affiliated herbs, or how to combine herbs to make simple formulas, just post a comment or email (firstname.lastname@example.org).