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Siberian Ginseng (Eleutherococcus senticosus)
Siberian ginseng is a shrub belonging to the Araliaceae family, which is native to the Far East, China, Japan and Korea. The herbal properties of Eleutherococcus ginseng has been studied in Russia since the 1950s. Following detailed research using human studies, the use of the extract as an adaptogen is now widespread.
Eleutherococcus ginseng has been traditionally used in South East Asia as an adaptogen, increasing the body?s resistance to Stress and building up general vitality. Eleutherococcus also acts as a stimulant or sedative, immunostimulant, anti-inflammatory, anti-Oedema (Water Retention) and affects steroidal activity.
Part of the plant used: ROOT.
Herb powder, 0.6-3 g daily.
Long-term users of Siberian ginseng may choose to have a break of 1-3 weeks every 30-60 days of supplementation.
Siberian ginseng has been used to help many body systems "normalise" themselves when imbalanced, to help resist Stress and to build up general vitality.
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Studies have noted a few side-effects including Insomnia, shifts in heart rhythm, tachycardia (excessively fast heart beat), Headaches, heart Pains, palpitations (rapid/erratic heart beat), hypertonia (increased heart muscle tone in people with Atherosclerosis), extrasystole (a particular type of heart beat - a fast heart rhythm), irritability, melancholy and Anxiety in hypochondriac patients. Hypersensitivity reactions have also been documented in stressed individuals.
Pregnant and lactating women should consult with a qualified medical health professional before taking Siberian ginseng.
Siberian ginseng is not recommended for use by children or by people with uncontrolled high blood pressure.
Siberian ginseng should not be taken by those who are highly energetic, nervous, tense, hysteric, manic or schizophrenic. The herb should also be avoided whilst on anti-psychotic drugs.
Siberian ginseng should not be taken with hormone treatments.
Studies show that ginseng may interfere with certain therapies including cardiac, hypoglycaemic, hypo/hypertensive and anti-coagulants. Individuals with high blood pressure should consult with a qualified medical practitioner before taking Siberian ginseng.
1. Siberian Ginseng: Current status as an adaptogen. In: "Economics and Medicinal Plant Research", vol 1, N R Farnsworth et al, Academic Press, 1985.