Siberian ginseng: botanical image of the siberian ginseng plant

Siberian Ginseng

Eleutherococcus senticosus

Family: Araliaceae

Bio-Live: Siberian Ginseng is a key herb in Bio-Live Sleep and Bio-Live Resilience.

Description: 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.

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.

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.

Cautions for therapeutic doses: Acute infections with fever.

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