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What sets adaptogens apart from other medicinal plants is their ability to nudge our bodies toward optimal health, or homeostasis.
The best way to appreciate this nuance is to compare adaptogens with pharmaceuticals. Drugs are typically designed to block or replace something. For instance, Celebrex lessens arthritis pain by inhibiting COX-2, an enzyme that causes inflammation. But COX-2 also shields the body from heart disease and stroke. Obstructing it brings on a two- to three-fold increase in heart attacks and strokes, according to a Food and Drug Administration alert. “Many conventional drugs are anti-this and anti-that,” explains Amanda Howell. “In contrast, adaptogens enhance the body’s overall ability to adapt in ways that maintain optimal functionality.”
We worry about the number of people using sophisticated drugs called TNF inhibitors, which turn off genes responsible for inflammation. The difference between using an adaptogen like gynostemma to lower inflammation and a TNF inhibitor like Enbrel, which blocks the whole inflammatory process, is like adjusting the heat on your kitchen stove with a dial versus a fire extinguisher.
These modern drugs can turn off genes completely which can have serious consequences: The FDA requires the packages for TNF inhibitors to carry a warning that the drugs can increase a person’s cancer risk.
Adaptogens allow us to safely dial a gene’s expression up or down. That’s huge.