5 Adaptogens to Calm the Mind | SpokenBlackGirl |Blogpost
Latoya Sinclair is a Mind Editor for Spoken Black Girl, who dedicated to living her highest purpose – spiritually, physically, emotionally, and mentally.
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(…) Plants! What can I say about them? The value that they bring to the human experience is paramount, and their vitality is essential to the world we live in.
The relationship between plants and humans go back to the dawn of time; in fact, they were considered our first form of medicine.
Most of the medicinal drugs we have on the market today are derivatives of plant structures, so learning of their benefits is helpful in maintaining wellness.
Over the years, I have been interested in plants as medicinal alternatives and have done novice research into their benefits on the human body. However, my journey into plant medicine took a turn when I received a diagnosis of dysthymia; also known as Persistent Depressive Disorder (PDD). Dysthymia is a mild form of major depression that can last for years at a time. It is common, in about 3-6% of the American population and treatment for the disorder usually consist of psychotherapy and medication.
After receiving the diagnosis, my therapist and I agreed it was in my best interest to continue psychotherapy as well as look into herbal remedies to accompany my sessions. If all else failed, I could revisit the conversation and invite pharmaceuticals into my treatment plan. After doing extensive research, I came across something called adaptogens.
Adaptogens are herbal medicines that help the body handle internal and external stimuli and stress. They are nontoxic, and studies show that they protect the nervous system and brain by aiding the molecular and cellar level of the central nervous system (CNS). “The adaptogens don’t possess addiction, tolerance and abuse potentials, they don’t impair mental function and lead to psychotic symptoms in long-term use (…)