Eleuthero Root (Siberian Ginseng) Benefits and Side Effects

Eleuthero [Eleutherococcus senticosus] is an adaptogen with a rich history. Traditionally practitioners use the plant’s root for its, healing, balancing and energizing properties.

The herb has been used all over the world under different names. Known as Ci wu ju, Shigoka Devil’s Shrub, Siberian Ginseng, Ussurian Thorny Pepperbush, Touch-Me-Not, Russian Ginseng, and Wild Pepper.

Benefits of Eleuthero

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  • Energy
  • Focus
  • Anti-Anxiety
  • Anti-Fatigue
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Common Colds
  • Immune Booster
  • Liver Detox
  • Cancer
  • Antiviral
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Insomnia
  • Bronchitis

Energy and Anti-Anxiety

Providing extra energy during stressful times Siberian ginseng is recommended by herbalists as a stimulating herb for people who are tired and run-down, especially those affected by stress. The herb contains active chemical components, eleutherosides, appearing to inhibit the stress response by reducing the activity of the adrenal cortex.

Eleuthero works to balance serotonin, norepinephrine, dopamine, and epinephrine. Its effect on these mood determining brain chemicals makes it a natural mood stabilizer.

Focus

Increasing circulation, Siberian Ginseng helps in restoring memory, concentration, and mental clarity that might be weakened by less blood flow to the brain.

Anti-Fatigue and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Research and studies have shown that Eleuthero root improves the body’s capacity to cope with stress. Because of this effect it has become popular to enhance mental function and physical performance during times of overwork, stress, fatigue and exhaustion.

It is sometimes beneficial for those suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome when professionally prescribed.

Common Cold

Eleuthero is traditionally used to help rebuild Chi energy during the recovery period following any illness.

Immune Booster

Immune system stimulant, Siberian Ginseng is specifically effective for preventing infection during times of intense physical activity.

Normalizing body functions, Eleuthero is a powerful adaptogen and helps the body to balance, heal and to instill an overall sense of well-being.

Liver Support

It helps the liver to detox harmful toxins from radiation exposure.  In Russia, studies show that using Eleuthero Root removes the side effects from chemotherapy.  It also has been used to treat bone marrow suppression due to chemo or radiation therapy.

Antiviral

Researchers have found that it increases the synthesis of the interferon drug; that boosts the activity of the immune system, interfering with every viral infection stage. (Interferon is used for AIDS and Hepatitis C viral infections.)

It stimulates the activation of immune system components (B- and T-cells) that attack bacteria, making it a useful antiviral supplement in the treatment of many types of viral infection.

High Blood Pressure

Traditionally used in Chinese Medicine (TCM), to remedy rheumatic disease and heart conditions.  Thought to reduce blood pressure and cholesterol, restore cardiovascular health, Eleuthero Root has been considered by herbalists.

Insomnia

Chinese healers believe that Siberian Ginseng is an herbal sedative and one of the best remedies for insomnia.

Other Eleuthero Benefits

Eleuthero has been successfully in treating bronchitis and other chronic lung conditions.

Siberian Ginseng may also be useful when the HPA (hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis) is depleted, having symptoms that include fatigue, stress, neurasthenia and sore muscles associated with the hypo-functioning of an under-active endocrine system.

Recent evidence suggests that Eleuthero Root may prove valuable in the long-term management of various diseases of the immune system, including HIV, chronic fatigue syndrome and other autoimmune illnesses.

In men, it appears to stimulate the body’s production of testosterone and may be helpful in increasing sex drive and fighting impotence.

Eleuthero Side Effects and Contraindications

  • Men with prostate disorders should not use Eleuthero Root.  It contains compounds that might stimulate testosterone production.
  • Pregnant and nursing women may use it but should avoid products that also contain Panax Ginseng.
  • If persons take digoxin (Lanoxin or Lanoxicaps) for cardiac arrhythmia or congestive heart failure, they should consult their healthcare professional before taking this herbal supplement.
  • Do not take Siberian Ginseng if you suffer from hypertension.
  • Rare side effects have been reported including insomnia, drowsiness, tachycardia, headache, nervousness, and hypoglycemia.

Proper Dosage for Siberian Ginseng

Take commercially prepared Siberian ginseng tablets according to the manufacturer’s instructions (up to a maximum of 3 g per day) for a period of up to six weeks, followed by a 2-week break.

Suggested Uses of Eleuthero

Eleuthero Root will help reduce fatigue, build stamina, and stimulate the immune system against stress.  It helps the body to resist infection during prolonged times of mental and physical stress, including athletes wanting to increase energy levels, performance, endurance and its stamina-building advantages.  Effectively used as a sedative, and can relieve depression, helps Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), concentration, improves memory and sensitivity to environmental pollution.  It might also offer help during chemotherapy, radiation side effects, and can help detoxify the liver.

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