Siberian ginseng, or eleuthero, is best known as being an adaptogen in the ginseng family and has been part of the herbal repertoire in Chinese medicine for thousands of years. It was also used in Korean and Russian folk medicine, not only for increasing stamina but for promoting overall health. Russian researchers brought attention to this impressive root in the 1960's at which point its fame spread to the West, where it is often used to support athletic performance ranging from deep sea diving to mountain climbing at high elevations. It can now be found lining the shelves in most health food stores in North America. Various modern research studies have validated many of the traditional uses.
Adaptogenic, hypocholesterolemic, choleretic, hypoglycemic,2,3 tonic, diuretic, stimulant.8
Phenolics, polysaccharides, and eleutherosides A-GO, phenylpropanoids, lignans, coumarins, polysaccharides, and sugars.1
Specific: No known precautions.
General: We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.
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- Davydov M, Krikorian AD. Eleutherococcus senticosus (Rupr. & Maxim.) Maxim. (Araliaceae) as an adaptogen: a closer look. J Ethnopharmacol 2000;72(3):345-393.
- Khan, I. A., & Abourashed, E. A. (2011). Leung's encyclopedia of common natural ingredients: used in food, drugs and cosmetics. John Wiley & Sons
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