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Siberian Ginseng - Eleutherococcus Senticosus

This herb acts as an adaptogen and is used to increase stamina, relieve physical and mental stress, improve mental alertness, normalize body function and improve overall health.

Grown in the Far East, the active chemical ingredients are called eleutherosides. Eleutherococcus Senticosus is technically not ginseng at all, but it has many similar properties of ginseng and is therefore used in much the same way. Also known as Siberian Ginseng, this herb acts as an adaptogen and is used to increase stamina, relieve physical and mental stress, improve mental alertness, normalize body function and improve overall health.

Eleutherococcus senticosus (formerly Acanthopanax senticosus) is a species of small, woody shrub in the family Araliaceae native to Northeastern Asia. In Chinese medicine, it is known as cì wǔ jiā. It is commonly called eleuthero, and was previously marketed in the United States as Siberian Ginseng because it has similar herbal properties to those of Panax ginseng. However, it belongs to a different genus in the family Araliaceae, and it is currently illegal in the United States to market eleuthero as Siberian Ginseng since "ginseng" only refers to Panax species.

E. senticosus is an adaptogen that has a wide range of Health benefits attributed to its use. Currently, most of the research to support the medicinal use of E. senticosus is in Russian or Korean. E. senticosus contains eleutherosides, triterpenoid saponins that are lipophilic and that can fit into hormone receptors. Supporters of E. senticosus as medicine claim that it possesses a variety of medicinal properties, such as:

  • increased endurance
  • memory improvement
  • anti-inflammatory
  • immunogenic
  • chemoprotective
  • radiological protection
Most herbalists recommend taking American ginseng (or any other ginseng) for a month at a time, followed by a two-week "rest."
This information is intended for educational and informational purposes only. It should not be used in place of an individual consultation or examination or replace the advice of your health care professional and should not be relied upon to determine diagnosis or course of treatment.