Siberian Ginseng Eleutherococcus senticosus has been used in Chinese medicine for almost 2000 years. Not to be confused with American or Asian ginseng, this herb comes from the eleuthero plant and has different chemical compounds and medicinal uses.
The root of the Siberian Ginseng plant contains the medicinal components named eleutherosides. Known as an “adaptogen,” this herb helps the body deal with stress and prevents a condition known as adrenal burnout.
This herb is used in tincture, powder, tea or capsule form; in addition, bottled tonics are commercially available.
Russian History and Applications
Scientists in the former Soviet Union extensively studied their ginseng. It was used as a treatment for radiation exposure after the Chernobyl nuclear reactor mishap and has been given to entire populations of Siberian cities to prevent cold and flu.
Trainers and coaches of Russian Olympic competitors give this herb to athletes to increase his/her breathing capacity. Australian clinical tests showed that athletes who took this herb for 8 weeks increased muscle strength from 13% to 15% and increased the body’s ability to burn fat through exercise by 43%.
An excellent prophylaxis against systemic infection this ginseng can detoxify the liver, increase endurance, and strengthen the immune system.
It increases concentration and focus as well as provides an overall boost to the immune system. Taking 20 ml of a tincture, three times daily has been shown to increase the number of immune cells that typically decrease in persons infected with HIV. This immune boosting property also helps:
- Certain Cancers
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Lyme Disease
- Viral Infections
Patients with herpes infections experience fewer outbreaks with less severity when taking this herb.
It also improves body metabolism, which can help in weight loss and overall physical performance.
Siberian ginseng is not recommended for use in children or patients with uncontrolled high blood pressure. If taken too close to bedtime, insomnia and restlessness may occur.