Ginseng, Siberian

Scientific Name: Eleutherococcus senticosus/Acanthopanax senticosus

Ginseng, Siberian Information

Eleuthero, which is known in the United States as Siberian ginseng, has been used for centuries in China and Russia. Although a distant relative of American and Asian ginsengs (Panax sp.), with some overlap in its uses, Siberian ginseng is a distinct plant with different active chemical components. Prized for its ability to restore vigor, increase longevity, enhance overall health, and stimulate both a healthy appetite and a good memory, it is widely used in Russia to help the body adapt to stressful conditions and to enhance productivity. In Chinese medicine, it is valued for its beneficial effects on "qi" and its ability to treat "yang" deficiency in the spleen and kidney. Like the panax ginsengs, Siberian ginseng is considered to be an adaptogen, which means that it helps in stressful circumstances and also helps return the body to a normal balance. So, for example, an adaptogen might lower blood pressure in someone who has high blood pressure, but raise it in another person who has low blood pressure. The active ingredients in Siberian ginseng, eleutherosides (similar to ginsenosides in the panax species), are thought to increase stamina and to stimulate the immune system. 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.

Ginseng, Siberian Benefits

  • Improves the functioning of the immune system
  • Aids in memory and concentration
  • Helps maintain or restore mental alertness
  • May be helpful in increasing male reproductive capacity
  • Helps reduce the frequency, severity, and duration of outbreaks of herpes simplex virus type 2 (which generally causes genital herpes lesions)

Ginseng, Siberian Nutrient Content

Siberian ginseng products are made from the root. The root contains a mixture of components, common to many plants but occurring together in Siberian ginseng, called eleutherosides. Among the other ingredients are chemicals called polysaccharides, which have been found to boost the immune system and lower blood sugar levels in laboratory studies using animals.

Ginseng, Siberian Notes

The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) rates Siberian ginseng as a class 1, which means that it is safe when used as directed. Siberian ginseng should be taken before 3 P.M. to avoid insomnia

Ginseng, Siberian Products

  Brand & Product Name  Description  Retail 
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  Nature's Herbs : Ginseng Siberian Plus 
 100 caps, 404 mg  $8.79   $4.95   More info 
  Nature's Herbs : Ginseng Siberian 
 250 caps, 400 mg  $18.69   $10.95   More info Discontinued
  Natures Way : Eleuthero, Siberian 
 100 caps, 410 mg  $8.49   $4.95   More info 
  Natures Way : Eleuthero, Siberian 
 180 caps, 410 mg  $11.99   $6.95   More info 
  Natures Way : Eleuthero, Siberian Standardized Extract 
 60 caps  $17.99   $10.95   More info 
  Nature's Answer : Eleuthero (Siberian Ginseng) 
 2 oz  $21.99   $12.95   More info 
  Nature's Answer : Eleuthero (alcohol-free) 
 2 oz  $19.99   $11.95   More info 

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