Adaptogenic Herbs and How We Formulate Our Products

Adaptogenic herbs make it easier for your body to adapt to stress. They help your body to build or mend its own natural balance so that it can handle stress and improve your health. Radiant Wonder Formulas are full of adaptogenic herbs, making them powerful support for the immune system, reproductive system, central nervous system, literally every energetic system in the body.

What is an Adaptogen?

Adaptogens are herbs that have the ability to help the body deal with stress and lower cortisol. An adaptogen is a substance (a chemical compound) which helps your body to adapt to changes in its environment.

What are Adaptogenic Herbs?

Thousands of herbs have been classified but less than twenty-five have made it into the elite Category of Adaptogenic Herbs.

Adaptogenic herbs make it easier for your body to adapt to stress. They help your body to build or mend its own natural balance so that it can handle stress and improve your health.

The traditional use for these healing herbs is not to treat disease but to bring such vitality to the body that it is able to resist disease.

Herbs for Less Stress

Adaptogenic herbs are being researched everywhere. It seems regular consumption of these unique herbs bring to your body a new level of strength and flexibility. That combination dramatically helps you adapt to changing, stress inducing, circumstances in your life.

If you have a wide range of stress in your life (and who doesn’t nowadays?) we would highly recommend that you try taking Adaptogenic herbs – ”herbs for stress.”

Mind, Body and Spirit

As you continue to use Adaptogenic Supplements, you will notice many positive changes. As your body becomes healthier, so does your psyche. Adaptogenic herbs are good for your mind body and soul.

Just One Example…

So, for example, if you have a low level of cortisol, adaptogens can help to increase it and if it’s too high, they can help to lower it.

That may not sound too impressive but it really is. To see why it’s impressive, let’s take a look at how cortisol can affect you…

What is Cortisol?

It’s a steroid hormone which your body makes in your adrenal glands. It is then released into your blood stream which carries it all around your body.

Almost every one of your cells is able to accept cortisol which then causes different actions – depending on the job of that particular cell.

What Does Cortisol Do?

Cortisol is best known for being involved in your body’s “fight-or-flight” response. When you’re faced with a situation where you have to think on your feet and stay and confront or move away quickly, your body pauses any processes that aren’t crucial for keeping you alive and triggers a massive boost in cortisol and epinephrine (aka adrenalin) to give you the huge energy rush that’s immediately required.

It’s all about bringing your body back into the naturally balanced state where it is able to function efficiently so that you can enjoy good health and achieve your full potential.

How Do Adaptogenic Herbs Adapt?

Your body is constantly regulating itself which is amazing. What is even more amazing is that your body is able to regulate itself in more than one way.

For example, if it is hot, your body sweats to release heat and cool itself down and If it’s cold, your body is able to generate more heat to keep itself warm. All man-made drugs and most herbs can trigger an action in your body – but they can only trigger that single action.

Scientists now believe that Adaptogenic herbs can help your body’s ability to react in more than one way – depending on what the outside influences are.

For example, Reishi Mushroom can help your body to compensate for auto-immune problems (such as allergies and rheumatoid arthritis). It can also help your body to defend itself against outside pathogens (such as virus and bacteria).

Are Adaptogenic Herbs Safe?

Adaptogenic Herbs can be taken safely long-term. In fact, if you use these herbs consistently, over time their effects accumulate and become even more effective. They build resilience and strength into your immune system. Adaptogenic herbs also contain high levels of phytonutrients and powerful antioxidants – which are both keys to a long and vital life. They are the safest herbs in the herbal kingdom.

Radiant Wonder Herbs are Triple Tested

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How We Prepare our Top Quality Adaptogenic Herbs

Raw isn’t always best in Chinese Medicine…

Some raw herbs can be broken down by your body’s digestive system. However, many contain a high percentage of indigestible material. For instance, Ginseng contains 20% or less of active constituents and 80% or more of indigestible material.

Raw Ginseng is very hard for the digestive system to break down. If you ate raw ginseng, the active ingredients would probably pass straight through your body before it had a chance to absorb any of them.

For thousands of years, Master herbalists cooked their herbs, and took then drank the cooked water as a tea.

They did not know anything about “bioavailability” – but they did know that they got superior results from preparing their herbs in this way.

Standardized Extracts vs Full-Spectrum Extracts

A Standardized Extract is one that extracts only what has been determined with current research to be the active ingredient in the complex phytochemical combination called a plant. The idea that it might be better to consume the whole plant and not just the active ingredient is a concept foreign to Western Medicine because Western Medicine deals with single chemicals.

Radiant Wonder herbs are Full-Spectrum Extracts. With our herbal formulas you have the full nutrition of the whole plant, not just one active ingredient. The body for millions of years has been used to taking in the complex chemicals of foods. Herbs are foods, just super foods. We believe the whole plant, the full spectrum, is a superior way to ingest your formulas.

Also science is not always fully aware of what is of value in the herb and what is not. The standardized extract of Gingko Biloba is missing new active ingredients that have since been discovered.

An interesting piece of history: Linus Pauling, who won a Nobel Prize for discovering the value of Vitamin C wrote a paper later presenting something else he had observed: the human body was able to absorb more Vitamin C from an orange than from a pill. This fact was lost in the profitable rush to sell Vitamin C.

Top Adaptogenic Herbs used in Radiant Wonder Herbal Formulas

American Ginseng

American Ginseng provides energy, adaptability and increased awareness and enhances endurance.

American Ginseng




American Ginseng is good for:

Adaptogenic American Ginseng

American Ginseng is included in one Radiant Wonder product


Astragalus RootAstragalus root increases energy which relieves numbness and pain

Protects the body against disease Promotes the discharge of pus and helps with the healing of fleshy wounds

Used clinically for hundreds of years for diabetes.

Astragalus is included in these Radiant Wonder products:

Adaptogenic Astragulas


Cordyceps can restore the deep energy that has been used in adapting to stress, aging or chronic illness.

In a number of Chinese clinical studies, primarily in older patients complaining of fatigue, when taking Cordyceps, the same patients reported

significant improvements in energy levels, a greater ability to tolerate cold temperatures, enhanced memory and cognitive capacity and renewed sex drive.

Cordyceps is included in five Radiant Wonder products:

Gingko Biloba

Ginkgo BilobaAvailable scientific evidence supports ginkgo for managing dementia, anxiety, schizophrenia, and cerebral insufficiency (insufficient blood flow to brain).

Note: Although ginkgo is generally well tolerated, it should be used cautiously in people with clotting disorders or taking blood thinners, or prior to some surgical or dental procedures, due to reports of bleeding.

Gingko Biloba is included in one Radiant Wonder product:

Gynostemma pentaphyllum (Jiaogulan)

Gynostemma reduces total cholesterol and increases the “good” high-density lipoprotein (HDL).




Also good for:

Gynostemma is included in these Radiant Wonder products:

Gynostemma product info box

Ho Shou Wu

Ho Shou Wu Root, also known as Polygonum, is widely considered the greatest rejuvenating herb in the world.


Taken for:The Charming Legend of Ho Shou Wu

– Age-related memory problems
– Dizziness
– High cholesterol
– Insomnia
– Liver and kidney problems
– Lower back and knee soreness
– Premature graying

Ho Shou Wu is included in these Radiant Wonder products:

Adaptogenic Schizandra helps with info box


Licorice RootLicorice root has more detoxifying agents that any other substance in the world. It can rid the body of more than 600 toxins without any detrimental side effects. It also helps to regulate blood sugar levels, nourish the adrenal glands and build muscle. It is a harmonizing herb, helping the diverse ingredients in various herbal formulas. It increases vital energy and strengthens digestive and metabolic functions. It also aids the assimilation of nutrients.

You may have read that according to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), previously known as the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), large quantities of licorice root may:

– Increase blood pressure, salt and water retention
– Affect cortisol levels in the body
– When taken with diuretics, cause dangerously lower potassium levels.

To get any of those reactions, you would need to eat more than 57g (two ounces) of black liquorice a day for at least two weeks.

There is a tiny amount of licorice in almost all Chinese formulas – 1%. Its action is to harmonize all the herbs in the formula.

We only have 2 formulas with more than 1% licorice, yet the percentages are still far below dangerous levels:

Licorice is included in these Radiant Wonder products:

Adaptogentic herb Licorice products


maca root

Maca is good for:

Maca Root treats a host of health issues

We use Maca in:


Maitaki Mushroom




Maitake Mushroom can help with:

– Chemotherapy support
– Chronic fatigue syndrome
– Hay fever
– Hepatitis
– High blood pressure
– High cholesterol
– Weight loss or control

Maitake Mushroom is included in two Radiant Wonder products:

Rehmannia Glutinosa

Rehmannia GlutinosaEarly research suggests that taking rehmannia along with the steroid stanozolol might help improve symptoms of aplastic anemia better than stanozolol alone.


Also good for:

– Allergies
– Diabetes
– Fever
– General tonic
– Osteoporosis

Rehmannia is included in these Radiant Wonder products:

Rehmannia product list


Rhodiola Root

Rhodiola is included in 4 Radiant Wonder products:


Schizandra berry

The beauty enhancing herb, Schizandra helps to restore proper water metabolism to the cells, detoxifies the liver and lungs and builds lung energy. It increases the available energy to the reproductive system, builds sexual fluids and moistens the skin.

Good for:

Adaptogenic Schizandra helps with info box

Schizandra is included in these Radiant Wonder products:

Adaptogenic Schizandra product list

Why Make Formulas?

There is great value in time-tested herbal formulas. Certain combinations of herbs have been found to have actions that are greater and more balanced than the actions of the individual herbs alone.

Radiant Wonder Formulas are Chinese medicinal herbs that use herbal teamwork at its finest. Herbs are categorized by their actions (energetics) in the body, selected from the various categories and combined using precise rules.

The Primary Action Herbs are the building blocks of the formula. They determine the primary action and may target a specific organ or regulatory function.

The Enhancers increase the potency of the formula by complementing the energetics of the Primary Action Herbs.

Directors are the herbs that direct the action of the formula to where it is supposed to go. Balancing herbs in the formula eliminate undesirable side-effects by counteracting certain actions of other herbs.