The term adaptogen refers to a category of herbs that help the body adapt to stress, support normal metabolic processes, and restore balance. Through these support functions, adaptogens increase the body’s resistance to physical, biological, emotional, and environmental stressors and promote normal physiologic functions.

Adaptogens have a long tradition of use and benefits. Before modern drugs, herbs and “tonics” were the only means available to treat illness and help maintain health. In fact, Herbs and plants were widely used in the
U.S. until the 1880s, when pharmaceutical drugs began to replace them.

More than 300 herbs are still used in India and China today. Moreover, in Europe, and especially in Germany, herbal treatments enjoy widespread scientific and medical support. Because most clinical research on herbs has been in Europe, the Pacific Rim, and India, the results of those studies are not as accepted or generally accessible in the U.S.

That situation is changing, however, with more placebo-controlled and double-blind studies being done to proving the efficacy and safety of herbs.


Non-toxic (minimal unwanted effects on physical and mental health)


Non-specific defense response to stress (activate, stimulate, or promote adaptive ability)


Normalizing influence on the body’s regulatory systems (neuroendocrine and immune, liver, cardiovascular, kidneys, and pancreas)

Because the botanicals in the Tunguska Event area grow faster and enjoy a higher concentration of beneficial nutrients than plants elsewhere, the adaptogens combined for Tunguska Mist and Tunguska Blast are even more beneficial than those in ordinary herbs.

For additional information on adaptogens and studies supporting their efficacy, consult Adaptogens: Herbs for Strength, Stamina, and Stress Relief by David Winston and Steven Maimes, 2007, Healing Arts Press.