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|Common Names |
|Eleuthero Root , Siberian ginseng, Ci-wu-jia, Wu Jia Shen Jing |
|Botanical Name |
|Eleutherococcus senticosus |
|Syn. eleutherococcus |
How to Use|
Side Effects |
Plant & Garden|
Eleutherococcus senticosus, also known as eleuthero ginseng or Siberian ginseng, is one of the primary tonic herbs and one of the most widely used herbs in the world.
Eleuthero is often recommended as a general tonic to revitalize people who are fatigued. 1Because it enhances immunity and helps the body deal with stress eleuthero is frequently included in nutritional support programs for people with fibromyalgia, arthritis and other autoimmune disorders. Eleuthero restores overstressed adrenal glands, working wonders for people who are chronically stressed. The adrenal glands have a big impact on our sexual health because of the role they play in producing a variety of hormones that regulate many physical responses, not just gender-oriented ones. Tonic herbs like eleuthero help to prevent "adrenal burnout" caused by ongoing physical or mental challenges. Helping the body deal with chronic
stress is the very definition of an adaptogenic herb , and ginseng may be one of the most effective herbs in this category. Eleuthero boosts concentration and focus without the letdown than comes from stimulants like caffeine.
Diets, especially ones with severe calorie restrictions, can take a big toll on energy levels and raise stress levels. 2 This elevates hormones like cortisol that make weight loss more difficult. While
adaptogenic herbs do not promote weight loss directly, when you feel more energetic and less stressed, you're more likely to stick to your new exercise and diet routine.
Eleuthero is sometimes combined with other adaptogens, like Korean, Chinese or American ginseng, astragalus, or schisandra, to increase its effectiveness.
|Traditional Chinese Medicine
Known in China as wu-jia-pi, eleuthero has been used in Chinese medicine for over 2,000 years, to balance vital energy and vitality. The herb is also commonly prescribed to treat respiratory and other infections. In traditional Chinese medicine, eleuthero is considered good for vital energy (qi/chi), used for sleeplessness with many dreams, lower back or kidney pain, deficiency of yang in the kidney or spleen, lack of appetite, and to enhance overall resistance to disease or stress. For treating rheumatoid arthritis and making muscles and bones strong, one prescription mixes wu-jia-pi with sweet rice wine. 5|
Eleuthero Side Effects:
In general, side effects with Siberian ginseng are rare and milder than those that occur with American and Korean ginseng. The Commission E notes a contraindication for hypertension. However, the glycosides contained in eleuthero have been shown to lower blood pressure (McGuffin et al., 1997) Not for use by pregnant women. Many commercial ginseng products are adulterated, buyer beware!
Preparation Methods & Dosage :The dried root is often taken in capsules, or brewed into tea, or made into tinctures
Eleutherococcus senticosus, leaves
It is a shrubby member of the same botanical family as Chinese ginseng (Panax ginseng
) and American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius
), Eleuthero is a woodland shrub native to southeastern Siberia and the Korean peninsula, and adapted to the damp forests of British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, and northern California.
Chinese ginseng (Panax ginseng)
American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius)
Siberian ginseng was used in Eastern Europe as a folk remedy for hundreds of years, but it was not until the 1940s that it became a popular herb in Russia and Europe.
- Steven Foster and Yue chongxi. "Herbal Emissaries" Healing Arts Press, (1992) TCM practitioners use eleuthero for lower back or kidney pain, and deficiency of yang in the kidney or spleen
- Linda B. White, M.D.. "The Herbal Drugstore" Rodale, (2003) If you are starting a new diet and exercise program, adaptogens like Siberian ginseng can help your body adapt to the stress. While it won't re-sculpt your body, you may feel less tired, so you're more likely to stick to your new exercise routine.
- . Eleuthero root , Commission E Monographs, (): As tonic for invigoration and fortification in times of fatigue and debility or declining capacity for work and concentration, also during convalescence. ,
- McGuffin, M., C. Hobbs, R. Upton, A. Goldberbg . American Herbal Product Association's Botanical Safety Handbook. , , (1997): The Commission E notes a contraindication for hypertension. Eleuthero is generally considered by most herbalists in the United States to be milder in activity than the more stimulating root of Asian ginseng (Panax ginseng). . However, the glycosides contained in eleuthero have been shown to lower blood pressure (McGuffin et al., 1997),
- Foster, S . Siberian Ginseng?Eleutherococcus senticosus , Botanical Booklet Series, No. 302. Austin, (1996): Eleuthero has been used in China as a folk remedy for bronchitis, heart ailments, and rheumatism, and as a tonic to restore vigor, improve general health, restore memory, promote healthy appetite, and increase stamina,