Eleuthero Root (Siberian Ginseng)

Eleuthero Root (Siberian Ginseng) Also known as eleuthero, has been used for centuries in Eastern countries, including China and Russia. Despite its name, it is completely different from American (Panax quinquefolius) and Asian ginseng (Panax ginseng), and has different active chemical components.


Traditional Use: Siberian ginseng was traditionally used to prevent colds and flu and to increase energy, longevity, and vitality. It is widely used in Russia as an “adaptogen.” An adaptogen is a substance that is supposed to help the body better cope with either mental or physical stress.

Common Use: Some people use Siberian ginseng to improve athletic performance and the ability to do work. They also use it to treat sleep problems (insomnia) and the symptoms of infections caused by herpes simplex type 2. It is also used to boost the immune system, prevent colds, and increase appetite.

Dispensing: Siberian ginseng is widely available in tablet, capsule, tincture, pure root and in tea bags. Because the therapeutic effect is between two and three grams per day, I tend to favor tablets and capsules as opposed to tea or tinctures because one would have to use these multiple times during the day.

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