Siberian Ginseng

Eleutherococcus Senticosus

A hardy, deciduous shrub growing (at a slow rate) to 2m (6ft 7in) in height. Containing both male and female organs (hermaphrodite). Flowers in July in umbrella-like clusters varying in colour from light violet to yellow. Berry-like oval fruit. Bright green leaves 12-15cm long. The root is long, woody and pliable.

Family: Araliaceae

Which probiotic is it in?: Siberian Ginseng is a key herb in Sleep and Immunity

Habit and cultivation: This woodland plant likes warm open sunny conditions. It is cultivated both in China and Russia for its medicinal properties.

Actions (known for): Adaptogen and immunostimulant.

History

Used for centuries in both China and Russia and despite its name is completely different to Panax. It has been used by Russian Olympic athletes to enhance performance and stamina for many years.

Parts used:

Root

Constituents (bio available chemicals):

Eleutherans (glycans), eleutherosides and triterpenoid saponins.

Nutritional constituents:

Indications:

Recovery from illness, to aid stress, improve mental functions, improve stamina and endurance and chronic immune deficiency.

Dosage:

Liquid extract (1:2): 15-55ml per week.

British Herbal Pharmacopoeia

Acute infections with fever.

Cautions for therapeutic doses

Acute infections with fever.

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