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Siberian Ginseng (Eleutherococcus senticosus)
In its Russian homeland, physicians have long relied on Siberian ginseng as a basic remedy for illness. Recently, however, the plant has been accepted by Western medicine. Now a very popular remedy, it is recognized for ots ability to help improve stamina and strengthen resistance to tress.

Plant Facts: this plant is a hardy shrub and generally grows 6-10 feet in height, in rare cases, it can reach heights of 20 feet. It can be grown from seed, but it is difficult to germinate. The branches and shoots are covered with woody thorns, and the rootstock has a faintly biting odor and a bitter, astringent taste. Siberian ginseng is similar to, but more potent than, ginseng.

Origin : Siberian ginseng grows in much of eastern Siberia, Japan, Korea and northern China. The plant grows in deciduous and mixed forests at altitudes upto 2640 feet.

Parts used : the root is the part of the plant that is used medicinally. Provided it is not exposed to light and not powdered or cut, it can keep upto 3 years. Once ground, ginseng root degrades within one year.

Components : Siberian ginseng contains various glycosides that are collectively known as eleutherosides. These include syringaresinol, sinapylalcohol, sitosterol and isofraxidine. All contribute to the herb's capacity to strengthen immunity.

Indications: Primarily, Siberian ginseng aids the body in adapting to stressors, both mental and physical. It improves concentration and boosts mental and physical performance. It is an especially useful rejuvenating remedy for convalescents, as it combats weakness and exhaustion. An immune strengthener, Siberian ginseng helps reduce susceptibility to infection. The plant may also provide support during radiation therapy and benefit those with arteriosclerosis and low blood pressures.

A little lore : In east Asia, Siberian ginseng is believed to foster overall health and well-being. Chinese folk medicine writings describe its effects as follows: "Drives out wind and moisture, strengthens sinews and bones."

Strengthens ability to deal with stress; boosts energy.

Methods of Administration

Tincture : In a dark container with a tight seal, pour ¾ cup of vodka and ½ cup of purified water over 4 oz. of ground or powdered Siberian Ginseng. Keep at room temperature away from sunlight for 4-6 weeks. Shake several times each day. Strain. Store in a sealed bottle. Take 30-50 drops 2-3 times daily.

Over the counter products: Ginseng capsules are available in health food stores. To deal with ongoing stress, take 1 g. daily. If desired, you can take a prepared ginseng powder instead.

Healing teas:

Using the powder: Pour 1 cup of boiling water over 1 tsp. of powder. Steep for 10-15 min. Strain. Drink 1-2 cups daily. 
Using ground root bark: Boil 1 cup of water. Add 1 tbsp. of root bark. Simmer for 15-20 min. strain. Drink 1-2 cups of the tea daily

Treatment regimen : you can take ginseng for 4-5 weeks. Pause for 1-2 weeks; then repeat 2-3 times. Don't use it if you have a fever or a history of heart attack or high blood pressure.