Information on Siberian Ginseng

Latin NameEleutherococcus senticosus
Other NamesEleuthero
Part UsedRoot
Herb FormsTincture, standardized or concentrated extract in capsule or tablet, bulk herb.
AffectsEndocrine system, Immune system
CautionsIt is still uncertain whether eleuthero actually raises blood pressure slightly in susceptible individuals or people with existing hypertension. Use caution in these cases, but it is probably not a major problem.
Botanical InfoA tall spiny shrub from the Ginseng family with branched clusters of cream-colored flowers.
DescriptionSiberian ginseng contains adaptogenic and immune-regulating properties making it useful for fatigue and exhaustion, debility, immune deficiency, and stress-related disorders. This herb is known as an adaptogen, a type of remedy that helps you adapt to stress and changes in your life. Studies show that taking Siberian ginseng may cause you to have more energy, get sick less often, have better workouts, and respond to stress and jet lag better. It is also helpful during convalescence and for chronic inflammatory conditions.
The tincture or liquid extract is official in Russia and is a popular way to take the herb. For an average preventative dose, take 2-3 dropperfuls 1-2 x daily. Up to 3-4 dropperfuls 2-3 x daily can be taken if needed.

Siberian Ginseng has a taste of ACRID, SWEET and a temperature of NEUTRAL.


Decoction1 cup 2-3 x daily
Tincture2-3 droppersful 1-2 x daily
Extractfollow label directions

Ailments Treated by Siberian Ginseng

AilmentTreatment SupportApplication
Adrenals, weakadrenal toniccapsules, tablets, tea, or tincture
Asthmaadrenal tonictincture, capsule, tablet
Candidiasisadrenal tonictincture, tablet, capsule
Chemotherapy side effectshormone balancer, tonictablet, tincture
Chronic fatigue syndromeadrenal tonictincture, tablet, capsule
Convalescence, from long-term illnessadrenal tonictincture, tablet, capsule
Debilityadrenal tonictincture, capsule, tablet
Diabetes, insulin dependentadaptogentincture, tablet
Fatiguetonic, adaptogentincture, tablet, capsule
Faintingtonic, adaptogentablet, tincture, capsule
Hormonal imbalanceadrenal tonictincture, tablet, capsule
Hypoglycemiatonic, blood sugar regulatingtablet, capsule, tincture
Hysteriasupports adrenals, adaptogenictablet, capsule, tincture
Immune deficiencyadaptogentablet, capsule, tincture
Jet lagadaptogen, hormone tonictincture, extract in capsules or tablets
Muscular painadaptogentincture, tablet, capsule
Nails, brittleadrenal tonictincture, tablet, capsule
Nightblindnessadrenal tonictablets, tincture, capsules
Nightmaresadrenal tonictablet, tincture, capsule
Rejuvenationadrenal tonic, stress relievertincture, tablet, capsule
Sexual energy, to decreaseadrenal tonictincture, tablet, capsule
Stressadrenal tonictincture, tablet, capsule
Thyroid, hypohormone regulator, adaptogentincture, capsules or tablets
Tinnitismetabolic regulatortincture, tea, capsules or tablets
Vitality, lowadrenal tonictincture, tablet, capsule
Weight, to gainadrenal tonictincture, tablet, capsule
Xray radiationadaptogentincture, tablet, capsule


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