Eleuthero Root - Siberian Ginseng Eleutherococcus senticosus

Eleuthero is an energy tonic and an antiaging adaptogenic herb. Adaptogens maintain homeostasis, increase energy and endurance and enhance sexual performance.

Siberian Ginseng is different than other ginsengs. It can be used by both men and women. Other ginsengs are primarily for men. Siberian Ginseng can be taken for long periods, and its action can improve and get better in time.

Eleuthero Root helps to give natural energy to the body. It is very helpful when the body is under chemical or physical stress. It helps with drug dependency and can also help with emotional problems.

Benefits of Eleuthero Root:

  • cerebral circulation

  • anxiety

  • endurance

  • blood pressure

  • depression

  • pituitary glands

  • prostate glands

  • hormones in both male and female

Eleuthero Root is especially helpful with menopause when it is added to Dong Quai, Licorice Root, and Black Cohosh. It also helps blood sugar problems and acts as a free radical scavenger.

Eleuthero Root has been extensively researched by the Russians and as a result is popular among workers and athletes in that country to improve performance, endurance and competitive abilities as well as preventing sickness in the workplace. All of this demonstrates the herb's adaptogenic properties.

Dr. Hans Selye, author of 1700 scholarly papers and 39 books on stress noted that headaches, insomnia, high blood pressure and cardiovascular and kidney diseases are brought on by stress. When it comes to health, it is wiser to prevent an illness than to deal with it after it has made a home for itself in your body.

"Every stress leaves an indelible scar, and the organism pays for its survival after a stressful situation by becoming a little older."
Dr. Hans Selye

When you are stressed, your adrenal glands produce a hormone in excess called cortisol. Cortisol is highly toxic and attacks muscle mass, your organs, and diminishes your strength. Your recovery time is longer and your focus was reduced. It also diminishes your immune system. Adaptogenic herbs protect you from excess cortisol.

Emotions that arise out of threat or deficit - fear, frustration, anger, sadness - have a decidedly toxic feel to them and are associated with the release of specific stress hormones, most notably cortisol.

The mechanism by which adaptogens achieve their stress protecting normalizing action is well researched. Adaptogens act to restore hypothalamic and peripheral receptor sensitivity to the effects of cortisol and other adrenal hormones. In this way, adaptogens enable the body to mount an appropriate stress response with lower amounts of cortisol than would otherwise be required. In addition, adaptogens help the adrenals return to normal more quickly.

The stress and energy benefits of this herb are renowned. Results from extensive research by Russian scientists show it to be a powerful "adaptogenic" herb used to help the body's reaction to stress. This category of herbs assists in the body's "nonspecific resistance" to stress, fatigue, and disease. It is used in Russia and other former Soviet republics by athletes, industrial workers, and laypersons alike. The Chinese have long believed that regular use of Eleuthero Ginseng increases longevity and improves general health, appetite, and memory. It is now commonly used in the United States and Europe by athletes and those with active lifestyles as an herbal supplement to enhance energy.

Eleuthero Root is part of the Aralia family and is the more commonly known as Chinese Ginseng. Found in Siberia, northern China, and parts of Japan, this shrub can reach up to six feet tall at maturity. It is sometimes called "spiny" Ginseng, referring to its botanical name of Acanthopanax ("acantho" means spiny). Now correctly called Eleutherococcus, Siberian Ginseng grows abundantly in the wild, and like the other Ginsengs, has a relatively large root system. The roots are the coveted part of the plant, as they contain the active compounds, called eleutherosides. These eleutherosides include long chain sugars, known as glycosides, which have tonic properties to the metabolic system.

A close look at some of the research and studies on Eleuthero Root shows exactly why it should be included in your program to enhance your health and overall energy. In the mid-1980's, an interesting study was completed by Japanese medical researchers showing that extract of Eleuthero Ginseng increases total work output on a stationary bike by 23.3% compared to a 7.5% rise in the case of the placebo.

A Russian study, conducted in the 1960's and repeated again in the 1980's, shows that Siberian Ginseng increases mental performance. In a telegraph control center, operators relayed a text continuously for five minutes, and then repeated the task one hour after ingesting 2 ml of Eleuthero extract in water. After the second five minute work period, those taking the herbal extract performed with significantly fewer errors than those in the control group.

Other studies show that Eleuthero Ginseng increases overall health and disease resistance and reduces the incidence of ailments like colds and flu.

The name change is part of an effort to clarify between plants in the genus Panax (the true ginsengs) and plants in other genera that are commonly called "ginseng," such as Eleuthero (Eleutherococcus senticosus). Eleuthero is the official common name in conformance with the Dietary Supplement Act.

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For added support, Femhealth also has other adaptogenic herbs: Ashwagandha, Jiao Gu Lan, Korean Ginseng, and MACA, which is very good for menstrual and menopausal symptoms - hot flashes, etc.

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Research References for Siberian Ginseng:

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Baranov AI. Medicinal uses of ginseng and related plants in the Soviet Union: recent trends in the Soviet literature. Journal of Ethnopharmacology. 1982;6(3):339-353.

Bazaz'ian GG, Liapina LA, Pastorova VE, Zvereva EG. Effect of Eleutherococcus on the functional status of the anticoagulation system in older animals. [article in Russian] Fiziol Zh SSSR Im I M Sechenova. 1987;73(10):1390-1395.

Blumenthal M. Farm bill bans use of name �ginseng� on non-Panax species: �Siberian ginseng� no longer allowed as commercial term [press release]. Austin, Texas: American Botanical Council; Fall 2002.

Dasgupta A, Wu S, Actor J, Olsen M, Wells A, Datta P. Effect of Asian and Siberian ginseng on serum digoxin measurement by five digoxin immunoassays. Significant variation in digoxin-like immunoreactivity among commercial ginsengs. American Journal of Clinical Pathology. 2003;119(2):298-303.

Davydov M, Krikorian AD. Eleutherococcus senticosus (Rupr. & Maxim.) Maxim. (Araliaceae) as an adaptogen: a closer look. Journal of Ethnopharmacology. 2000;72(3):345-393.

Deyama T, Nishibe S, Nakazawa Y. Constituents and pharmacological effects of Eucommia and Siberian ginseng. Acta Pharmacol Sin. 2001;22(12):1057-1070.

Dowling EA, Redondo DR, Branch JD, Jones S, McNabb G, Williams MH. Effect of Eleutherococcus senticosus on submaximal and maximal exercise performance. Medical Science in Sports and Exercise. 1996;28:482-489.

Drozd J, Sawicka T, Prosinska J. Estimation of humoral activity of Eleutherococcus senticosus. Acta Pol Pharm. 2002;59(5):395-401.

Eschbach LF, Webster MJ, Boyd JC, McArthur PD, Evetovich TK. The effect of Siberian ginseng (Eleutherococcus senticosus) on substrate utilization and performance. International Journal of Sports Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism. 2000;10(4):444-451.

Gaffney BT, Hugel HM, Rich PA. The effects of Eleutherococcus senticosus and Panax ginseng on steroidal hormone indices of stress and lymphocyte subset numbers in endurance athletes. Life Sciences. 2001;70(4):431-442.

Gaffney BT, Hugel HM, Rich PA. Panax ginseng and Eleutherococcus senticosus may exaggerate an already existing biphasic response to stress via inhibition of enzymes which limit the binding of stress hormones to their receptors. Medical Hypotheses. 2001;56(5):567-572.

Glatthaar-Saalmuller B, Sacher F, Esperester A. Antiviral activity of an extract derived from roots of Eleutherococcus senticosus. Antiviral Research. 2001;50(3):223-228.

Hacker B, Medon PJ. Cytotoxic effects of Eleutherococcus senticosus aqueous extracts in combination with N6-(delta 2-isopentenyl)-adenosine and 1-beta-D-arabinofuranosylcytosine against L1210 leukemia cells. Journal of Pharmaceutical Science. 1984;73(2):270-272.

Harkey MR, Henderson GL, Gershwin ME, et al. Variability in commercial ginseng products: an analysis of 25 preparations. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 2001;73(6):1101-1106.Harkey MR, Henderson GL, Zhou L, et al. Effects of Siberian ginseng (Eleutherococcus senticosus) on c-DNA-expressed P450 drug metabolizing enzymes. Alternative Therapy. 2001;7:S14.

Henderson GL, Harkey MR, Gershwin ME, Hackman RM, Stern JS, Stresser DM Effects of ginseng components on c-DNA-expressed cytochrome P450 enzyme catalytic activity. Life Sciences. 1999;65(15):PL209-PL214.

Hikino H, Takahashi M, Otake K, Konno C. Isolation and hypoglycemic activity of eleutherans A, B, C, D, E, F, and G: glycans of Eleutherococcus senticosus roots. Journal of Natural Products. 1986;49(2):293-297.

Jellin JM, Gregory P, Batz F, Hitchens K, et al, eds. Pharmacist's Letter/Prescriber's Letter. Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database, 3rd Edition. Stockton CA: Therapeutic Research Facility, 2000.

Jeong HJ, Koo HN, Myung NI, et al. Inhibitory effects of mast cell-mediated allergic reactions by cell cultured Siberian Ginseng. Immunopharmacology and Immunotoxicology. 2001;23(1):107-117.

Lewis WH, Zenger VE, Lynch RG. No adaptogen response of mice to ginseng and Eleutherococcus infusions. Journal of Ethnopharmacology. 1983;8(2):209-214.

McRae S. Elevated serum digoxin levels in a patient taking digoxin and Siberian ginseng. Canadian Medical Association Journal. 1996;155(3):293-295.

Medon PJ, Ferguson PW, Watson CF. Effects of Eleutherococcus senticosus extracts on hexobarbital metabolism in vivo and in vitro. Journal of Ethnopharmacology. 1984;10(2):235-241.

Scholz MW, Sacher F, Aicher B. The synthesis of RANTES, G-CSF, IL-4, IL-5, IL-6, IL-12, and IL-13 in human whole blood cultures is modulated by an extract from Eleutherococcus senticosus L. roots. Phytotherapy Research. 2001;15:268-270.Shi Z, Liu C, Li R. Effect of a mixture of Acanthopanax senticosus and Elsholtzia splendens on serum-lipids in patients with hyperlipemia. [Article in Chinese] Zhong Xi Yi Jie He Za Zhi. 1990;10(3):132 and 155-156.

Szolomicki S, Samochowiec L, Wojcicki J, Drozdzik M. The influence of active components of Eleutherococcus senticosus on cellular defense and physical fitness in man. Phytotherapy Research. 2000;14(3):30-35.

Wang H, Actor JK, Indrigo J, Olsen M, Dasgupta A. Asian and Siberian ginseng as a potential modulator of immune function: an in vitro cytokine study using mouse macrophages. Clin Chim Acta. 2003;327(1-2):123-128.

Webb D. Eleuthero � a detailed review of its reputed effect as an adaptogen. HerbalGram. February 6, 2001.

Yi JM, Hong SH, Kim JH, Kim HK, Song HJ, Kim HM. Effect of Acanthopanax senticosus stem on mast cell-dependent anaphylaxis. Journal of Ethnopharmacology. 2002;79(3):347-352.


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