Eleuthero Root - Siberian Ginseng (Eleutherococcus senticosus), Dried Herb
Eleuthero is the common name of Eleutherococcus senticosus, a species of small shrubs that are primarily found in China, Korea, Russia, and Japan. One of the other commonly used names for Eleuthero is Siberian Ginseng, because the health benefits of the herb are closely related to Panax ginseng. In traditional Chinese medicine, it has been in use for thousands of years. It has long been used as an adaptogen and tonic to strengthen “qi” or “chi,” –or the body’s energy. It invigorates the body and mind, and has been shown in studies and among users to reduce mental and physical stress. Among its other benefits, it has been found to help maintain healthy blood circulation, support healthy immune function and a healthy inflammatory response; help the liver to detoxify, enhance memory, mood and cognition, relieve symptoms of menopause and menstrual disorders, and, perhaps most significantly, relieve chronic fatigue.
Oriental medicine practitioners have prescribed drinking Eleuthero tea to improve overall health and quality of life. Eleuthero tea usage in China may date back more than 2000 years. Soviet scientists began studying the medicinal effects of Siberian ginseng in the 1940s. Since then, top-rated Russian and Siberian cosmonauts and athletes have used Eleutherococcus senticosus to enhance their mental and physical performance levels.
Master herbalist Stephen Harrod Buhner, author of multiple books on herbal remedies and Lyme disease, advocates Siberian ginseng for managing a variety of Lyme-related symptoms, including chronic fatigue and depression. In his book, Healing Lyme, he writes that Siberian Ginseng is useful for alleviating chronic fatigue, mental fog and confusion, low immune function and difficulty in overcoming the disease.
Eleuthero Tea Recipe:
- Place about one tablespoon of dried Eleuthero Root into a metal tea steeping ball.
- Heat purified water in a medium sauce pan. When the water reaches boiling, turn off the heat. Pour a cupful of water and place the tea ball in it. Allow to steep for about five minutes until desired strength is obtained.
- Enjoy with flavor enhancers like lemon, honey or cream.
Most researchers agree that Siberian Ginseng is most likely safe when it’s used for just a short period of time. In a few people, it may cause insomnia, headache, nervousness, drowsiness, and hypoglycemia, so it’s a good idea to consult your doctor or other qualified holistic health care practitioner before taking this herb. Siberian ginseng may also be contraindicated in people with heart conditions, diabetes, or hormone-sensitive cancers such as breast cancer, so if you have one of these conditions, again, it’s a good idea to consult your doctor before taking it.
Please note: This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is compiled from traditional and modern herb books, articles, and research. This information is summarized for its educational value and should not be used for the diagnosis, treatment, or prevention of disease. It should not be used to replace the services of a qualified practitioner.
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