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adaptogen

/əˈdæptədʒən/
noun
1.
any of various natural substances used in herbal medicine to normalize and regulate the systems of the body
Word Origin
C20: from adapt + -gen
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Contemporary definitions for adaptogen
noun

any of various natural substances that work through the adrenal glands to produce adjustments in the body to combat stress and increase resistance to stress, and which usually produce no side effects

Examples

Adaptogens such as the herbs garlic, ginseng, echinacea, ginkgo, goldenseal, and taheebo are natural substances that benefit the body.

Word Origin

Greek adapto 'to adjust' and the suffix gen 'producing'

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