If the thought of spinning in circles on the vitamin aisle or going down a rabbit hole of available products makes whatever is ailing you worse, let WTHN be your guide.
You already know that keeping yourself healthy and functioning requires self-care, eating well and moving your body in a way that feels good. And while your vegetable plates and yoga classes and sheet masks usually do the trick, there’s no harm in admitting you want or need something extra in your routine. Whether it’s an energy boost or some help quieting your mind before sleep, a “wellness accessory” (like supplements!) may be just what your mind and body need.
But if the thought of spinning in circles in the vitamin aisle or going down a rabbit hole of available products worsens your ails, let WTHN be your guide. Their four specially-formulated herbal blends combine the power of adaptogens and nootropics with the centuries-old wisdom of Traditional Chinese Medicine to help your mind and body adapt, cope and thrive.
Don’t know what an adaptogen is? Unclear about how to incorporate herbs into your daily routine? Not sure which blend is right for you? Read on! The geniuses at WTHN have answered all your questions — and more.
“Adaptogen” is a serious buzzword right now, but a lot of people aren’t sure what the term actually means. What is an adaptogen?
“Adaptogen” is a term used to describe certain plants — including herbs and mushrooms — that help the body and mind adapt to and cope with physical, emotional and mental stress.
According to the American Institute of Stress, a majority of Americans are living under constant stress that affects their physical health. Cue adaptogens! They work with the hypothalamic pituitary adrenal axis to lessen the body’s response to stress. When deadlines are approaching and the to-do list feels endless, adaptogens will help you cope with a cool head instead of a racing heart and overwhelmed mind.
What about “nootropic”?
Nootropics are herbs, supplements or other substances that enhance brain function: cognitive function, memory, learning, focus and more. They work with the brain to increase circulation, regulate neurotransmitter activity, calm the nervous system and promote neuroprotection. Some of the reported benefits include better short- and long-term memory, faster reaction time and alertness, and improving cognitive performance.
What’s the best way to introduce herbs/adaptogens into your wellness routine? What if you’re already taking other vitamins/supplements/medication?
Daily use is best because herbs work cumulatively and it may take a couple weeks to feel the effects build up (especially if you start with a high level of stress or exhaustion). Consistency is also key.
Herbs and vitamins play well together so no worries about mixing them. If you’re on prescription medication, ask your providing practitioner about adding herbs to your existing routine.
What would you tell people who are wary of supplements?
Chances are, you are already taking herbs in some capacity. Whether it’s chamomile tea to relax before bed or sprinkling black pepper on your food (which boosts metabolism). Herbs have treated body and mind together for thousands of years and are part of a healthy diet. Simply put, herbs are natural products (aka plant parts) with therapeutic properties.
The most important part about incorporating supplements is ensuring that they are high-quality, from a trusted source. WTHN herbs are formulated by nationally board certified herbalist, licensed acupuncturist, WTHN’s chief healing officer, Dr. Shari Auth, DACM, and are based on thousands of years of proven results. They’re all organic, transparently sourced and rigorously tested for metals, microbes, pesticides, GMO; what’s listed on the bottle is what’s in the bottle.
Why did you decide to root your herbal blends in TCM?
WTHN’s approach is based on 2,500 years of time-tested healing and the latest in modern research. Traditional Chinese Medicine has naturally healed humans for thousands of years through acupuncture, herbal medicine and cupping — holistically powerful together, just as life-changing on their own. WTHN’s mission is to demystify TCM and make it more accessible, including both acupuncture and Chinese herbs.
How do you decide which herbs/adaptogens to blend for a specific outcome?
In TCM, herbs in a blend are more potent than they are solo — together they target a variety of symptoms. Plus, specific herbs can sometimes magnify a therapeutic action in another herb, while others just help your body process the blend. Some things are just better together.
WTHN herb blends often start with traditional Chinese formulas, then add in the power of adaptogenic and global herbs for a modern mix that really works.
How can someone using WTHN blends support the herbs with other lifestyle choices?
We love herbs and acupuncture. Acupuncture is a powerful healing tool that works well in combination with herbs. You can also add face cupping to your skincare routine. Combining herbal formulas can also be a way to maximize results.
What are the hero herbs in your Dream On blend? How do they help lead to better sleep?
If you and your bedroom ceiling are having a stare down, you probably need some Dream On in your life. This blend is for anyone who has occasional difficulty getting in the winks they need as the formula combines calming and naturally sedative herbs like jujube seeds from China, skullcap from Europe and ashwagandha from India. The herbs in Dream On work together to increase serotonin levels (reducing anxiety) and increase gamma aminobutyric acid (GABA) to calm your mind and help you fall asleep faster. Adaptogenic ashwaghanda lowers cortisol levels, helping you stay asleep and maintain healthy energy levels so you wake up feeling refreshed.
Walk us through the Fully Charged herbs? How do they help with energy?
If you’ve been burning the candle at both ends for way too long and caffeine’s your crutch to get through the day, Fully Charged could be a game changer. It contains organic adaptogenic and nootropic herbs — including eleuthero, rhodiola and shisandra — to give you sustained energy and focus without the crash. This formula increases circulation to the muscles and brain, supports the adrenals, and helps alleviate fatigue and brain fog.
What about Clean Slate? How does this blend work to reset your system?
Clean Slate is a way to reset your system with a deep cleanse that doesn’t require a crazy diet. Formulated with herbs traditionally used to support the body’s natural detoxification processes, this blend helps your body help itself. Milk thistle, dandelion and eclipta help the liver do its job of processing toxins. Triphala detoxes and rejuvenates the colon so you can say good riddance to toxins. With so many toxins floating in our environment, lurking in our food and all around us, Clean Slate is for everyone and can be taken daily.
And Run The World? How do these herbs help your body manage stress?
In today’s fast-paced world, Run The World helps you manage the flow of daily life and roll with the punches. This blend helps balance your emotions (including anxiety, anger, worry, depression and nervousness), and can be used preventatively or to treat stress. It contains superhero herbs like adaptogenic tulsi (aka “herbal yoga”) and mimosa tree bark (aka “happy bark”).
This information is not intended to treat, diagnose or prevent any disease or issue. Please seek your doctor’s advice for any questions regarding a specific condition and before beginning any exercise, diet or health-related regimen.