Eleutherococcus senticosus – root
Siberian ginseng is often referred to as the ‘king of adaptogens’ and is traditionally used to help the body better adapt to stress. It is considered much gentler than Korean ginseng without the stimulating actions of that herb. Siberian ginseng is most effective in the treatment of prolonged exhaustion and anxiety resulting from overwork, lack of sleep and long-term stress. Think of those people burning the candle at both ends such as students, night shift workers and multi-tasking parents juggling careers and families. Siberian ginseng also shows promise for the management of moderate chronic fatigue syndrome.
Siberian ginseng is also used for increased endurance, especially athletic performance, and memory improvement, as well as for immunological enhancement and overall well-being.
- Mild Stimulant
- Support mental and/or physical performance.
- Increases the body’s resistance to stresses.
- Relief of fatigue, restorative tonic.
- Convalescence during recovery from acute or chronic conditions.
Contra-indications and Cautions
No known toxicity.
Advisable to discontinue high doses during acute infections, unless used in conjunction with powerful antimicrobial therapy or in a formulation with proven efficacy.
Caution is advised in hypertension when used at the higher end of the dosage range.
May cause insomnia in some people if taken too close to bedtime.
Administration and Dosage
The analysis of contents below is a guide only, product specific data including expiry date is with the item in the shop.
Eleutherococcus senticosus 1:2. Each 1 ml contains 500mg of dry herb.
Liquid extract in 50% ethanol. Use 15 to 55 ml weekly.
Our clinic uses fluid extracts from Optimal Rx, Herbal Extract Company, Nutrition Care, Mediherb or Sunray Botanicals, in this order.
In Russia, Siberian ginseng was originally used by people in the Siberian taiga (sub-arctic) region to increase performance and quality of life, and to decrease infections. In the 1950s the term adaptogen was coined by Soviet scholars and they considered Siberian ginseng to be one of the most important adaptogens after Korean ginseng (Panax ginseng). It is known as Ci Wu Jia in Chinese (and by its synonym Acanthopanax senticosus) and is a widely used traditional herb that can invigorate qi (vital energy), strengthen the spleen and nourish the kidney in the theory of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Siberian ginseng was first introduced into the American herb market in the late 1970s, as Wuchaseng and Wujiaseng, and it became commonly known as Eleuthero.