Monday, December 3, 2012

Eleuthero Root (Siberian Ginseng)


Eleutherococcus senticosus


Properties:

  • Adaptogenic
  • Tonic
  • Stimulant
  • Immunostimulant

Helps With:

As an adaptogenic, Eleuthero helps the body to adapt to stress, fatigue and extreme temperature, especially cold. 

Increases immune function in the body by boosting the production of T cells. A Russian study found that if taken 8 to 10 weeks before cold and flu season, chances of getting sick decreased by 95%! 

Helps to balance levels of serotonin, dopamine and other brain chemicals that determine mood.

Boosts and supports liver function by eliminating toxins. Studies have shown that Eleuthero can be very beneficial during chemotherapy and radiation treatments. Bone marrow can recover quicker if Eleuthero is used. 

In younger people, Eleuthero works as a stimulant and can increase stamina such as during athletic performance. On the flip side, this amazing herb works as a restorative, tonic and even sedative in the elderly and those with a serious illness.

Increases concentration and works well to improve cognitive function.

As a stress fighter and adaptogen, Eleuthero has been known to help with ADD.

Stimulates the production of testosterone which helps men with low libidos. 

Side Notes:

There are varying opinions on how often to take Eleuthero. Some say no more than 6 weeks, and some say as long as needed. The Russian study proved that 8 to 10 weeks is what was needed to reduce the chance of colds and the flu, so do what feels right for your body.

Be careful of taking it too close to bedtime...it is a stimulant and may cause insomnia.

In some cases people with conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus have found Eleuthero to be slightly aggravating.

Men with prostrate problems should not take this herb as it increases testosterone. 

Eleuthero was formerly called Siberian Ginseng, but since it is not actually Ginseng, only a relative, it can no longer be called by that name. It has very similar properties to Panax Ginseng, but is more stimulating. (And I believe less expensive...bonus!) 

Getting More Eleuthero:

  •  Makes a great addition to any type of tea. I've been adding mine to my raspberry leaf tea. Just be sure to steep it in boiling water as it is a hard root.
  • Add it to a tincture.
  • Add a little pinch of powdered eleuthero to a spoonful of raw honey for a little pick-me-up.

Bethany
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Disclaimer:
In order to protect myself from people who might take any information I have written out of context or use it in any way I do not intend...I must say the following: I am NOT a doctor. I take no responsibility for what you do or not do with any information I have written. My opinions and writings should not take the place of a  doctor...consult one of those if you need medical advice. Pretty much...please use common sense and I strongly suggest you do your own research as well. It's empowering!


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