Which mushrooms are considered to be adrenal adaptogens?*

A Complete Guide to Everything You Wanted to Know About Adrenal Adaptogens*

Adaptogens, otherwise known as adaptogenic herbs, are a group of botanicals (including some mushrooms) that support the body’s natural ability to adapt to occasional physical and emotional stress.* Sometimes, you may hear them called “adrenal adaptogens,” although this is not an official name.

This blog post will explain the term “adrenal adaptogens” and the role of your adrenal glands. Plus, we’ll feature some of our favorite mushrooms that are known to have adaptogenic properties.*

What are your adrenal glands?

Your adrenal glands are two triangular-shaped glands that sit above your kidneys on either side of your lower back. They play a role in the stress response.*

Since your adrenal glands are responsible for managing stress, and herbs and mushrooms that support the adrenal glands are called adaptogens, the two words are sometimes combined.*

What are “adrenal adaptogens”?

“Adrenal adaptogens” are adaptogenic herbs and mushrooms that offer support to the adrenal glands and other body systems and structures during times of occasional stress.*


  • promote a balanced response to occasional physical or emotional stress.*
  • promote endurance, energy and stamina*
  • mental concentration and focus support*

“Adrenal adaptogens” may also support your immune and endocrine systems.* They can support your well-being and promote balance during times of occasional stress.* Additionally, they support healthy energy levels, on a daily basis and for the athletes. *

The botanicals we now call adaptogenic herbs or adrenal adaptogens have been used for hundreds of years in different herbal traditions. In India, the Ayurvedic tradition includes Ashwagandha, Basil, Amla and Shilajit. In Russia, folk herbalists relied on Rhodiola and Rhaponticum. In China, traditional herbalism uses Schisandra, Asian Ginseng and two mushrooms that we will discuss later: Reishi and Cordyceps.

AdaptogenShrooms offers certified organic tinctures dually extracted from the two most popular mushrooms that are adrenal adaptogens.* Try Reishi tincture for relaxation or Cordyceps militaris tincture for energy.* Or get both in our Daily 10 tinctureperfect for adding to smoothies, herbal teas and more.

For a more comprehensive list of herb and mushroom adaptors, check out this blog post!

Our 2 Favorite Mushrooms That Are Adrenal Adaptogens*

Now we’re going to talk about two mushrooms that are also considered “adrenal adaptors”.* Cordyceps (Cordyceps militaris) is one of the most revered herbs in traditional Chinese herbalism. Known as a sexual stimulant in China, it is often used to support a healthy libido in older adults.*

Cordyceps also:

  • Supports the body’s natural metabolic systems*
  • Supports cellular energy and endurance*
  • Supports lung capacity and oxygen uptake*
  • Supports our body’s response to occasional stress*
  • Used to support athletic performance*


Reishi mushroom (Ganoderma lucidum) is known as the mushroom of immortality, Ling zhi (spirit plant) and 10,000 year mushroom. Reishi is valued for its conditioning properties and the support it offers for overall well-being, healthy relaxation and immunity.* Reishi can also support stamina and healthy energy levels!*

Reishi also:

  • Supports cardiovascular health*
  • Supports a sense of relaxation*
  • Supports the body’s ability to adapt to occasional stress*

We hope you’ve learned a little more about adrenal adaptogens — and Reishi and Cordyceps! Please note that we sell certified organic tinctures of each and these mushrooms work with eight other Daily 10 Tincture for immunity and health.*

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