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Dr. Israel I. Brekhman

Adaptogens, although used for centuries, remained relatively unexplored until the mid 1940s when a group of Russian scientists took an interest in them and began research of these amazing herbs.

For 50 years, Dr. Brekhman delved into the mysteries of Adaptogenic herbs, uncovering incredible benefits in the areas of physical performance, stress management and concentration. In later research, it was revealed that all Adaptogenic herbs also have anti-oxidant properties.


Many of Dr. Brekhman’s own studies and articles are included as part of the Brekhman Research Library.

Who was Dr. Brekhman?

Pharmacologist, Research Scientist, Teacher, Humanitarian

Israel I. Brekhman devoted his lifelong work to the discovery of new formulas to promote health and well-being. He broke ground into an entirely new area of nutrition, providing the key for achieving health and vigor. 

Dr. Brekhman directed his research for more than forty years toward plants of the Russian Far East, many of which possess remarkable attributes for naturally supporting human health. Extensive research into these unique plants and others from around the world allowed Dr. Brekhman to completely understand and harness their vital elements. Through this process, he laid the foundations for the study of a new class of plants known as “Adaptogens”; and paved the way for their extensive study by proteges and colleagues around the world.

Dr. Brekhman’s dream was to develop the science of keeping everyone well to the extent that it was possible.

This science he called “Valeology”, the science of staying well. The result of his fifty years of research is available in the form of the Adaptogenic products developed by his team of scientists. Dr. Brekhman’s success depended upon his commitment to the science. He experienced great difficulties including lack of funding and generally disinterested bureaucrats. However, years of dedication finally paid off and funding began to trickle into his projects. His research gained the interest of the sports community, military, animal research and finally the medical establishment of Russia. From his research Dr. Brekhman developed a protocol using Adaptogens to help diminish the effects of alcohol. For this President Gorbochev awarded him the prestigious Order of Lenin and the doors to research finally opened. Dr. Brekhman’s devotion was to Adaptogens – “The best from nature!”

Dr. Brekhman believed in creating natural, safe products that could be used by everyone, everyday.


Dr. Brekhman and His Team

Dr. Brekhman and his team had many accomplishments including:

  • Products that Ensure Physical Performance

  • Tremendous restorative properties

  • Helps one achieve greatest potential

  • Shortens recovery cycle, allowing extra training

  • Natural anabolic and anti-catabolic properties

  • Great for athletes of all caliber


Custom Formulations Combine Adaptogens with Vitamins and Mineral

  • Adaptogens, vitamins and minerals from the sea

  • Developed by Dr. Brekhman and his team and dedicated to his memory

  • Top 100 Products of Russia

  • From Eleuthero and elements from the pristine lakes of the Primorye 

  • Rich in natural humic acid 

  • Developed by Dr. Svetlana Schetsova, a student of Brekhman

Topical Applications and Tea

  • Contains Adaptogens and other herbs with strong healing properties

  • Developed by the late Dr. V. Dvuzhilnyi, a favorite student of Dr. Brekhman

  • Used by Boris Yeltsen for exema

  • Natural organically certified, Adaptogen tea

Dr. Israel I. Brekhman

November 1921 - July 1994

Israel Brekhman was born in southern Russia in 1921. He entered the Naval Medical Academy at the beginning of the ‘Great Patriotic War’ (World War II) and graduated in 1945 specializing in pharmacology. Dr Brekhman spent his days in class and his nights on the front, defending St. Petersburg during the German siege, while his wife carried bread and soup across the ice to the soldiers on the front lines.


Upon graduation as a medical doctor in 1945, he was assigned to the Russian Far East where he worked under his mentor and life-long friend, Dr. Nikolai Lazarev. It was Dr. Lazarev who initially defined the characteristics of Adaptogens and subsequently issued a challenge to Brekhman to further that research. Brekhman set his mission to find the components of plants that contributed to the healthful properties of Adaptogens.

Dr. Brekhman authored many books exalting Adaptogens and their benefits. His first publication, “A New Medicinal Plant of the Family of Araliaceae – – The Spiny Eleutherococcus”, was published in 1960. His research lead to the approval of the monograph by the Pharmacological Committee of the Ministry of Health of the USSR for clinical use. Brekhman earned 40 patents including 21 international patents. He published 22 monographs, several hundred scientific articles and many books.


The work today being done on Adaptogens is largely based on the cornerstone of research initiated by Dr. Brekhman and his loving wife, Margaret Grenivich-Brekhman. Dr. Brekhman worked at the Far East Science Center of the USSR in Vladivostok. Beginning in 1956, he conducted research on potentially useful Adaptogens to help improve human health and well-being.

May 1983 ~ Victor Lomakin, a first secretary of Prymorsky Regional committee of CPSU (Communist Party of the Soviet Union), presents Dr. Brekhman an award for great contribution in research of natural resources, development of productive forces of the Far East, and training of scientific manpower. 

In 1985, The Russian Parliament bestowed it highest civilian honor on Brekhman, the Order of Lenin, as well as the Lenin Medal for Valiant Work, and The Certificate of Honor. Brekhman led several international symposia, and was honored as the founder of Valeology (the science of staying well) at the international symposium on Valeology in St. Petersburg, Russia.


Dr. Brekhman and his associates studied 233 plants – their admixtures and their biological actions. Dr. Brekhman devised 4 elaborate computer programs to classify the plants and herbs as to biological and toxic actions, and to study the beneficial effects of the herbs.

Dr. Brekhman identified a nucleus of ten groups of formulations having therapeutic and beneficial properties. Dr. Brekhman and his group are the inventors and holders of 21 international patents relating to his work in developing natural plant substances. His work and formulations were important and of immense help to the Russian space program and to Russia’s world-class athletes.

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