Many may not have heard of adaptogens. What is an adaptogen and what does it mean? Adaptogens are a buzz word in the herbal medicine field, why? Adaptogens are substances that help the body to achieve homeostasis, stabilizing physiological processes in the body, and allowing the body to better manage stress, resist fatigue, and support cellular energy metabolism. Adaptogens offer numerous positive benefits, and are safe, even with long term use. Numerous studies have found there to be increased mental performance and increased physical performance with the use of adaptogens, without the side-effects of traditional stimulants. While adaptogens are safe for most, they are not recommended for pregnant and breast-feeding women. Others should consult with their healthcare provider, as some herbs may cause insomnia, high blood pressure, or palpitations in high doses.