If you type in Google “Siberian ginseng” you will definitely find thousands of sites devoted to this splendid and well-known herb. Today, everyone in European and American countries, even in Australia knows about its health benefits. Moreover, many people now know its complicated botanical name – Eleutherococcus senticosus. But thanks to the widespread use of the incorrect popular name “Siberian ginseng”, it is thought that Eleuthero is very close, even similar to the famous Panax ginseng, also named Korean ginseng. But this is not true. Eleutherococcus senticosus is quite different. This is a large branched bush which can be easily found in the Taiga forests in South-eastern Russia and North-eastern China. And Eleutherococcus has a lot of health benefits for a human. Actually, Eleutherococcus is considered by scientists as one of the most helpful and safest remedies helping cope or prevent many diseases.
As a medicinal herb Siberian ginseng was discovered in the mid-XX century Soviet Union. In 1960 professor Israil Brekhman has published his first work entitled “A New Medicinal Plant of the Family of Araliaceae -The Spiny Eleutherococcus”. Just a couple of years later Eleutherococcus extract was approved by the Pharmacological Committee of the Soviet Ministry of Health for clinical use as a “stimulant.” That is when and where the history of adaptogen herbs as drugs had begun.
Within recent decades, Eleutherococcus or Siberian ginseng have been studied by numerous research groups throughout the whole world. But the most prominent studies were performed by Korean, Chinese, Japanese, and Russian scientists. They have tested various methods of extraction, determined concentration of the active compounds named eleutherosides in the native roots and isolates, as well as prescribed mechanisms of the health effects in animals and through clinical trials.
Today, researchers say that there is nothing mysterious in the beneficial activity of Siberian ginseng. Many good effects were proved experimentally and in clinical studies:
1. Eleutherococcus enhances resistance to viral infections and helps prevent flu and other respiratory infections.
2. Eleutherococcus potentiates the activity of the immune system activating the production of specific antibodies.
3. Eleutherococcus can boost brain functions and improve mental activity. It can even reduce signs of neuroinflammation in the brain, so it can restore cognitive functions impaired by age-related diseases.
4. Eleutherococcus exerts a tonic effect. It prevents the lowering of blood pressure and, at the same time, does not rise it higher than normal.
5. Affecting the brain centers Eleutherococcus enhances physical stamina and endurance.
6. Eleutherococcus help in physical training optimizing energy metabolism and helps muscles work more effectively and recover faster.
At the same time, there are tons of information about the health benefits of the Eleutherococcus and many of them are not correct. For example,
- Eleutherococcus cannot heal any diseases except the ones strongly depending on the immune system potency like colds and flu, for instance.
- Siberian ginseng does not treat brain or heart diseases; it can’t cope with liver or pancreas disorders.
- And of course, Eleutherococcus does not treat tumors and even there is no evidence that it can reduce the risk of tumors.
It is very simple to understand that Eleutherococcus does not act against bad factors like bacteria, or tumor cells, or toxicants, or organic tissue damages. Siberian ginseng only makes the function of the inner systems more effective. That is why Eleutherococcus is much more helpful for prevention of the diseases and almost useless as a therapeutic agent. Regular use of the Eleutherococcus makes the body stronger and younger and helps keep such a good shape substantially longer.
And in addition, the Eleutherococcus root extract must be fresh as eleutherosides are prone to degradation in time and the extract itself should be prepared correctly. Incorrect use of the solvents generally results in the active compounds remain inside the root and the final extract is just a bitter liquid with no health benefits. High-quality Eleutherococcus extract may be in a liquid form or it may be dry with no ethanol and can be used by teens, elderly persons, and anyone who does not want to consume alcohol.
Eleutherococcus or Siberian ginseng is not a mysterious remedy but a very helpful herb for anyone who wants to be healthy, good-looking, and energized. It can be found in capsules with enhanced absorption for maximum health benefits.