Siberian Ginseng

Eleutherococcus senticosus

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Common names

  • Eleuthero
  • Siberian Ginseng

The Siberian ginseng is a plant of the Araliaceae family called the eleuthero, this herb is distantly related to the real Asian ginseng (Panax ginseng), also called the Chinese ginseng. The eleuthero herb has been often called by the name Siberian ginseng in this country, even though it is also more commonly known by names such as the touch me not and the devil's shrub and other names in its native Siberia. The geographical area called the Taiga forming large parts of southeastern Russia, parts of northern China, and areas of Korea and some areas in Japan is the place of origin for the eleuthero herb.

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Eleuthero is used in a variety of herbal applications, and normally the root and the rhizomes - name for the underground stem - are the main parts of the herb used in preparing herbal remedies. This variety of ginseng can be regarded as a very hardy and tough deciduous shrub; it can reach a height of 10 ft or 3 m when fully mature. Each individual stem of the Siberian ginseng characteristically bears about three to seven toothed leaflets. The number of beneficial herbal remedies which can be made from the Siberian ginseng is legendary and the herb is considered to be a very powerful tonic herb, and it is used in the treatment of people as a supplemental performance booster. The greatest benefits of the Siberian ginseng lies not in its ability to treat illness or to improve ill health but its main medicinal use unlike other medical herbs, lies in its ability to maintain good health in a person. The strong and effective ability of the Siberian ginseng in stimulating the resistance of the body to physical and mental stress has been demonstrated in numerous studies; due to this the herb is now widely used in times of stress and pressure as a general stimulatory herbal tonic. The effects of the Siberian ginseng are more strongly stimulatory than the Asian ginseng but all in all, the effects and beneficial actions are similar in both varieties of ginseng.

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Parts used

Root, rhizomes.

Uses

As it is a very strong stimulatory herb, some people such as students stressed by exams are often given the Siberian ginseng, as it promotes mental resilience and jogs the memory of the person, doses of the herb are also recommended to reduce the effects of physical stress on a person involved in some heavy physical activity, such as normally occurs during the physical process of training for athletics and endurance events.

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Debilitation and persistent physical exhaustion which affects people due to over work or from prolonged stressfulness can be very effectively treated using the herbal Siberian ginseng remedy - the herb acts as a rejuvenating and strengthening herbal remedy. People recovering from some chronic illnesses and those in a weakened state can also benefit from taking the herb as it strongly stimulates the immune resistance and greatly aids in the process of convalescence - rapidly speeding up the recovery process in the body. Infection can be prevented by the drinking the general tonic made from the Siberian ginseng, the herb also helps in the maintenance of health and mental well being in people who regularly take the herb as a general tonic. Problems such as impotence are also treated using the Siberian ginseng as an herbal remedy.

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Other medical uses

Habitat and cultivation

The taiga in parts of eastern Russia, eastern China, and parts of Korea and Japan are areas from which the Siberian ginseng originated. Cultivation of the variety is carried out using the stocked seeds, however, getting the seeds to germinate in a controlled farmed environment is very difficult and hard to achieve. Autumn is the season during which harvesting of the roots occurs, these are dried and stored for the market.

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Research

While the definite mechanism by which the herb biochemically stimulates stamina and endows resistance to stress is still a mystery, the Siberian ginseng has been extensively analyzed by many researchers in Russia since at least the 1950s, and the results obtained have confirmed many of the beneficial effects attributed to the herb by herbalists around the world.

Different glands in the body are affected positively by the herb, especially the adrenal glands, and the Siberian ginseng acts as a general herbal body tonic - it endows the body with the ability to withstand very hot temperatures and heat in general, it helps the body resist cold, it helps in the resisting infection and buffers the body against all other physical stresses, and even radiation from radioactive sources. Siberian ginseng has even had a space age application in that it was used a counter against weightlessness in space when astronauts were made to take it. The Siberian ginseng has also been administered to professional athletes to boost performance and increase endurance, some individuals have experienced up to nine per cent increase in stamina level following the regular doses of the Siberian ginseng herb.

Usual dosage

Dosage levels for the Siberian ginseng vary from one person to the other, normally it is about 2-3 grams every day of the dried ginseng, the powdered root form or the rhizomes extract. Two to three divided dosages of 8-10 ml of the alcohol-based extracts can be taken daily, or the concentrated solid herbal extract standardized on eleutherosides B and E, can be taken at dosage levels of 300-400 mg every day, during the treatment period. The ideal and traditional dosage level for the eleuthero is a regular dose of the herb for a period lasting six to eight weeks at a stretch; these periods of dosage are punctuated by breaks lasting one to two weeks break following which the dosage can be started again.

Side effects and cautions

Traditionally, the use of eleuthero herb has not been linked to any serious side effects and there is minimal danger involved in the use of the herbal remedy. A minuscule portion of users have reported very mild and transient diarrhea as a possible side effect of using this herb. When taken very close to sleeping hours, the eleuthero herb might possibly induce some sleeplessness and insomnia in some individuals. People who are affected by an uncontrolled high blood pressure condition must not take eleuthero in any form. Lactating women and women in a term of pregnancy can safely use the Siberian ginseng without any fear of side effects. Some herbal eleuthero products are sometimes adulterated with the Panax ginseng and the other related ginseng species, these herbs are contraindicated and must not be used by lactating women or pregnant women - care should be taken when purchasing all herbal products.

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