Herbs for Stress Support: Understanding Adaptogens

Most holistic practitioners and health-minded members of the public are now familiar with the term adaptogen and the usefulness of these tonic herbs in cases of stress, fatigue, and debility. However, a deeper understanding of their activity and efficacy is sometimes lacking, and the various adaptogens are often treated interchangeably without regard to the often significant differences between them.

During this presentation, we will define in more detail adaptogenic activity as a means of reestablishing autonomic equilibrium, and how the impact of adaptogens can be enhanced by combining correctly with nervines, nootropics, trophorestorative tonics, and other herbs and lifestyle modifications. We will discuss the current state of scientific research, and how that compares with traditional indications for the major herbs classified as adaptogenic. We will also compare and contrast the major adaptogenic herbs, distinguishing between their activity and uses, including Ashwagandha, American ginseng, Asian ginseng, Reishi, Cordyceps, Eleuthero, Rhodiola, Licorice, Holy Basil (tulsi), Sarsaparilla, and Schisandra.

Specifically, we will:

· Review the anatomy and physiology of the autonomic nervous and endocrine systems and the H-P-A axis.

· Deepen students’ understanding of the activity and uses of adaptogenic herbs.

· Distinguish between various adaptogens and their different clinical applications, including specific indications and contraindications.

· Understand how adaptogens can be placed in a broader holistic approach to health imbalances.



Suggested Donation: $10 - $15

SKH Herb/YTT Students and Alumni: Free


This is an online webinar and will be recorded. All registrants will receive a copy of the class recording. We will email you the webinar login details prior to the start of the event.




About Richard: Richard Mandelbaum RH is a clinical herbalist with a private practice in Brooklyn, NY. In addition to seeing clients, he teaches classes in clinical herbal medicine, medicine making, and field botany, wild edible plants, and mushrooms. He is a founding partner, director, and teacher at the ArborVitae School of Traditional Herbalism in New York City, and is also on the faculty at David Winston’s Center for Herbal Studies in Washington, NJ, and the Tristate College of Acupuncture in New York.

Richard has been an avid student of our native flora for over twenty-five years. He has been practicing as an herbalist since 1997, blending the use of our native medicinal plants with Chinese and Western herbal traditions. He is a graduate of David Winston’s School of Herbal Therapeutics in New Jersey as well as having studied at Rosemary Gladstar’s Sage Mountain Retreat Center in Vermont, and in New York City with herbalist William LeSassier. He has been a professional member of the American Herbalists Guild since 2003, and joined the AHG Council (board of directors) in October 2012. He currently serves as Secretary and chairs the AHG Policy Committee and the Committee for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Richard is also active in issues related to fair trade, sustainability, and social justice. He migrates throughout the year with his wife Gabrielle and their daughter Rose between Brooklyn and their straw bale home in Forestburgh, NY.



January 16, 2019
Time: 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Online Webinar
Event Prices:
$10.00 - Donation
$15.00 - Donation
$20.00 - Donation
FREE - SKH Herb Students/Grads ONLY