Siberian Ginseng

Latin name: Eleutherococcus senticosus
Chinese name: ci wu jia
Other names: devil’s root, eleuthero, touch-me-not

What is Siberian Ginseng?

Siberian ginseng is a woody shrub native to Northeastern Asia and is grown in China, Japan, and Siberia. It has similar properties to Panax ginseng, but it is not a tree and not herbaceous. Siberian ginseng is also known as eleuthero, and it is currently illegal to market it as Siberian ginseng in the United States because it is not technically a species of ginseng. The plant has traditionally been used as a part of Chinese medicine.

What are the health benefits of Siberian Ginseng?
Siberian ginseng is used as much for maintaining good health as it is for treating bad health. It has a variety of uses based on its anti-inflammatory, adaptogenic, immunogenic, and antioxidant properties. It is used to increase endurance, improve memory, enhance immune function, reduce inflammatory response, stimulate resistance to stress, and to increase sexual function. Siberian ginseng is used to treat bone loss, menopausal problems, geriatric debility, chronic bronchial inflammation, and radiation sickness.

Are there any precautions for taking Siberian Ginseng?

Siberian ginseng is not recommended for evening use and should not be taken with caffeine.

Where can I find Siberian Ginseng?

Siberian ginseng can be found online, in herbal specialty shops, at Asian markets, and in the offices of Chinese medical practitioners.

You can find this herb combined with other herbs in the Traditions of Tao formula:
DuraBone, which helps strengthen bones and tendons.

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