Understanding the HPA Axis and How it Relates to Stress

When you’re talking about stress you’re really talking about the HPA Axis (hypothalamus, pituitary, adrenal) which are the glandular components of a stress response. Stress responses are our primal response to danger and are essential for survival. Modern living creates a constant response to emotional issues that drive chronic stress.

Once you’re locked into chronic stress life becomes a series of reactions centered on survival. Through the proper use of adaptogens like reishi, rhodiola and ashwagandha – herbs that you’ll find in TianChi and Inner Peace – you can reestablish the flow of a proper HPA response and stop reacting to situations and start responding in a more appropriate way. Your body can then learn to respond vs. react.

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