Eleuthero (Eleutherococcus senticosus) is an Asian herb. It’s been used for thousands of years as a healing remedy in folk medicine. Eleuthero is also commonly called Siberian ginseng. However, this name was changed to “eleuthero” to avoid confusion with true ginseng, which includes Asian ginseng (Panax ginseng) and American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius).
Eleuthero boosts energy levels and contains compounds known to help overcome exhaustion and prevent its side effects. It increases circulation, eleuthero may increase blood flow to the brain, improving mental functions such as memory and concentration.
Eleutherosides have been shown to improve the lymphatic function of the lymph node network, meaning they may reduce edema. Edema is swelling caused by a build up of fluid.
As an immune stimulant, eleuthero may shorten the length and severity of lung infections, such as influenza and pneumonia. Research suggests eleuthero may have similar properties, especially in cases of lung cancer. As a stimulant, eleuthero may increase the ability of muscles to do work, especially during periods of intense physical activity. Several studies have shown that eleutherosides may help prevent and repair nerve damage.
By boosting the immune system, eleuthero may improve or speed up the healing process. Compounds in eleuthero have also been shown to prevent the formation of ulcers, including diabetic foot ulcers. Eleuthero increases circulation and heart rate, and may raise blood pressure over time.
Eleuthero is used to increase muscle and bone strength. Extracts of eleuthero and eleutherosides are known to bind to estrogen receptor sites. Eleuthero may, therefore, lessen the effects of estrogen withdrawal in women who are experiencing menopause. For this reason, women with estrogen-driven cancer may need to consult their doctor before consuming eleuthero.
Eleutherosides have been shown to reduce insulin resistance.
Dried Eleuthero Root- Eleutherococcus senticosus Root
It can also be used whole, and the herb’s dried leaves and stems can be boiled to make a tea. The plant’s fresh fruit may also be eaten raw.
HOW TO USE:
How To Use Siberian Ginseng Root?
To make an infusion, 1-3 tsp of Siberian Ginseng Root pour 200ml of boiled water and leave for 15 minutes, then strain and drink it 1-2 times a day. Enjoy with flavor enhancers like lemon, honey or cream. Many people also use black Pepper extract (Piper nigrum) as an bioenhancer in their eleuthero teas.
The herb is not considered safe for use in children. For people over the age of 18, typical dosage and other recommendations include:
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