New Edition!! Adaptogens: Herbs for Strength, Stamina, and Stress Relief - 2nd edition

In our modern world we live incredibly busy and stress filled lives. Chronic stress, impaired sleep and the resultant elevation of stress hormones such as cortisol have been shown to be an initiator and cofactor for much of our chronic degenerative disease. In addition to stress reduction techniques, healthy relationships, a good diet and adequate sleep, another essential method for reducing stress and enhancing well-being is the use of adaptogenic herbs. Many people believe adaptogens are a “one size fits all” therapy, take any one, they are all good for you. This is absolutely not true ! While adaptogens are generally safe, some are stimulating, some calming, some nourishing, others, cooling or heating, moistening or drying. To get the greatest benefit from these herbs you need to understand their energetics and qualities to match the appropriate herb or herbs to the person taking it. This book gives you the detailed knowledge to understand the unique qualities of each adaptogen as well as their companion herbs, nervines, nootropics and restorative tonics, so they can help you to live a better, healthier and more stress-free life. The new edition of this book includes a decade of new research, new case histories, additional herbs such as Rhaponticum, Maca and Shatavari, color photographs of the herbs, almost 100 pages of additional information and I have updated the book throughout.


Adaptogenic herbs can be most useful in the quest for health in our stressful society. David Winston and Steven Maimes explain and champion the use and benefits of these important herbs.

- James A. Duke, author of The Green Pharmacy

I am delighted to hear David Winston's voice reflecting his skill and wisdom as a herbalist in the book Adaptogens Herbs for Strength, Stamina, and Stress. This book brings to the reader the opportunity to learn from both the traditional herbal knowledge on this important subject along with the information coming to the subject from science and modern technology. The book has the flavor of a more traditional herbal bringing in the subtle skill of energies unique to each individual plant which belong to this group and introducing the reader to the concept of formulation of adaptogen plants. The reader can truly begins to experience the Art of Herbal Medicine reflected in David's writing voice.       

- Dr. Mary Bove

Essential reading for all involved with adaptogens, whether practitioners or consumers. This is the first comprehensive guide to adaptogens based on good herbalism, good science, and NO hype! A truly excellent book.”  

- David Hoffmann, NIMH