Following WWII and into the tensions of the Cold War, Russian leaders became increasingly interested in affirming their status as world power. Intent to produce world-leading representatives of Russian culture and might, Russia invested massive resources to improve the performance of Russian athletes, soldiers, artists, and intellectuals.
Research for a performance-enhancing elixir proceeded not with modern science, but with the ancient traditions of Russia’s northern territories. Turning to the mysteries of these indigenous people, a race ensued to uncover the secrets of these peoples’ longevity and vitality.
Conception of a Concept
In 1947, at the start of Cold War, the Russian professor Israel I. Brekhman and his mentor, Dr. Nicolai Lazarev, established a new classification of holistic remedies. To qualify for this classification, a remedy must have three distinguishing properties. It must regulate the body’s reaction to stress, have a normalizing effect, and should not disturb the normal functioning of the body. Citing these three adaptive properties, Brekhman and Lazarev labeled these remedies “adaptogens.”
Over the following decades, Brekhman studied hundreds of herbs from the ancient traditions of northern Russia, Ayurveda, and the world. Through billions of dollars of research and thousands of clinical studies, Brekhman discovered only a handful of herbs that met the specifications to be classified as adaptogens. This unique, prestigious collection of herbs was hidden from the world – reserved for only the leading representatives of Russia’s culture and might.
Years later, Brekhman’s studies were finally introduced to the world. Capturing the interest of the world, research resumed in Scandinavia, India, and the US.
Today, adaptogens are at the forefront of the wellness revolution. Adaptogens, as recognized for thousands of years in Ayurveda, do not improve, boost, or increase. They are, as the ancients knew – and Brekhman uncovered – a path of essence.
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