I hope this article will give you a good idea of the benefits and uses of Eleuthero (aka Siberian Ginseng). Eleutherococcus senticosus is an adaptogen that is among the most researched in modern times.
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. It has been known as Ci wu ju, Shigoka Devil’s Shrub, Siberian Ginseng, Ussurian Thorny Pepperbush, Touch-Me-Not, Russian Ginseng, and Wild Pepper.
- 1 Benefits of Eleuthero: In Depth
- 2 Eleuthero Side Effects and Contraindications
- 3 Proper Dosage for Siberian Ginseng
Benefits of Eleuthero: In Depth
Eleutherococcus senticosus is a pretty awesome plant and has a lot more benefits that just the graphic above highlights. Here are some of the ones worth mentioning.
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Common Colds
- Immune Booster
- Liver Detox
- High Blood Pressure
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.
Increasing circulation, Siberian Ginseng helps in restoring memory, concentration, and mental clarity that might be weakened by less blood flow to the brain. These cognitive enhancing effects have made it a staple among users of nootropics.
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.
Eleuthero is traditionally used to help rebuild Chi energy during the recovery period following any illness, even the common cold or flu.
Studies have shown that eleuthero is an immune system modulator. 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.
It helps the liver to detox harmful toxins from radiation exposure. In Russia, studies show that using Eleuthero Root removes the side effects of chemotherapy. It also has been used to treat bone marrow suppression due to chemo or radiation therapy.
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.
Chinese healers believe that Siberian Ginseng is an herbal sedative and one of the best remedies for insomnia. It’s use in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda is extensive.
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 the HIV virus, chronic fatigue syndrome and other autoimmune illnesses.
In men, it appears to stimulate the body’s production of testosterone (although not to the degree that Pine pollen does).
It also appears to be an excellent choice for increasing sex drive and fighting impotence. What man over 40 doesn’t need help in the fight against low libido and erectile dysfunction?
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 3g 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.
This herb owes its popularity to the broad spectrum of benefits it carries enhancing overall health and wellbeing. I highly recommend you try taking eleuthero daily for a week so you can see how big of a difference a small change can make. I personally take Eleuthero Extract, great stuff!
Why was Eleuthero renamed from Siberian Ginseng?
Eleuthero was called Siberian ginseng for a long time in the United States. Back in the early 2000’s growers of ginseng in Wisconsin got legislation passed in the farm bill that prohibits calling Eleuthero, Siberian ginseng. Technically it’s not ginseng although it has ginseng like properties, so they had some grounds, but it has definitely caused confusion in the market with both names being used to this day. Eleuthero is native to the far Northeast of China in an area called Heling Xiong, in the Black River province on the border of Russia.
It has been around for around 2000 years its one of the treasures of Chinese medicine. This herb is highly prized by traditional medicine practitioners.
As an adaptogenic herb, Eleuthero allows you to adapt physically and mentally to:
- Temperature Changes
- Financial Challenges
- High-pressure environments
Eleuthero is on the cycle of almost all Chinese athletes and when people take and use it daily they just feel better, so it’s a herb I regard highly.