Eleuthero Root (Siberian Ginseng)
The roots of this Asian shrub, distantly related to ginseng, are one of the top adaptogens, in use for over 2,000 years. It produces a balancing and healing effect on the body, increasing endurance from all types of physical, emotional, and spiritual stress. Extensive clinical studies have shown eleuthero root to enhance mental acuity, without the letdown that comes with caffeinated products. It is reportedly extremely helpful for those recovering from stimulant misuse. Works best when taken daily, 1-2 tablespoons, with 2-week breaks after every 8.
Until recently, most scientific research on Siberian ginseng was conducted in Russia. This research has largely supported its use to maintain health and strengthen the system rather than to treat particular disorders. Siberian ginseng may help the body deal with physically and mentally stressful exposures, such as heat, cold, physical exhaustion, viruses, bacteria, chemicals, extreme working conditions, noise, and pollution. By strengthening the system, it may also help prevent illness.
A 4-week study in healthy subjects found that those who received Siberian ginseng extract had improvements in a number of measures that reflect the functioning of the immune system. Several combination supplements containing Siberian ginseng and other herbs have reported benefits in patients with colds and the flu. Laboratory studies also support the use of Siberian ginseng to improve immunity.
A 3-month human study of Siberian ginseng among middle aged volunteers found that there was a significant improvement in memory and concentration as compared to placebo. One study found Siberian ginseng use in elderly patients improved their quality of life including aspects of mental health and social functioning after 4 weeks of therapy. When the ginseng was stopped, the improvements decreased. And, another popular but unproven use of Siberian ginseng is to maintain or restore mental alertness.
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Although Siberian ginseng is frequently used to enhance physical stamina and increase muscle strength, studies have shown mixed results for these purposes. Other studies support the use of Siberian ginseng to decrease symptoms of fatigue. Siberian ginseng has a long history of folkloric use for male infertility. Animal studies suggest that Siberian ginseng may be helpful in increasing reproductive capacity.
Herpes viral infection
A 6-month study of 93 people with herpes simplex virus type 2 (which can cause genital herpes lesions) found that Siberian ginseng reduced frequency, severity, and duration of outbreaks. Talk to your doctor about whether it is safe or appropriate for you to use Siberian ginseng as a supplement to prevent herpes outbreaks.
These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.