Humans have survived without the use of pharmaceuticals for thousands of years. Adaptogenic herbs such as ashwagandha, ginseng, rhodiola, licorice root, holy basil and many others help the body cope with the complications of high stress levels. For example, if your cortisol levels are high, adaptogens help bring them down. If your cortisol levels are low, adaptogens can help bring your cortisol levels up.
Adaptogens DO NOT reduce stress levels. This is something you need to be working on, intra-personally, EVERYDAY. But adaptogens can be a great aid in restoring hormone levels, without the side effects that come with many pharmaceuticals.
Bear in mind, some adaptogens are uppers, some are downers. You should be aware and specific about what you are taking, when you are taking it, and why. After due diligence, happy herbing! ? ?