By Karen Appold
Siberian “ginseng” root (eleutherococcus senticosus) is an herbal supplement that may contain medicinal properties. Native to northeast Asia, it may reduce mental and physical stress, energize the body, and even help the immune system.
Of course, your body is equipped to endure stress. It essentially has mechanisims and chemical stabilizers that regulate internal processes to help you better deal with it; think of it in terms your body likes to run pretty much as it did the day before, so to speak. However, a constant onslaught of stress, particuarlly chronic stress often resulting from modern life, can make certain internal mechanisms run “amuck.” Coupled with a healthy lifestyle, Siberian root may help you find relief. You can buy supplements in the form of teas, liquids, powders, tablets, and capsules.
Relief from stress
Siberian “ginseng” root is thought to strengthen the body’s ability to deal with stress by influencing adrenal glands. When something stressful happens, your nervous systems automatically kick starts chemical reactions; reactions which sometimes cause various hormones to combat each other. Siberian root may possibly prevent subsequent stress related medical conditions such as tension headaches, heartburn, or upset stomach. It may help people who are hyperactive, anxious or nervous.
Relief from fatigue
Siberian “ginseng” root may be a choice for people suffering from ailments caused by insufficient sleep, emotional problems or illness. The plant extract may improve muscle growth and protein synthesis, which may reduce fatigue. Patients with chronic fatigue syndrome may particularly benefit from taking small or moderate amounts of supplements.
Immune system support
By stimulating the body’s immune system, Siberian “ginseng” root may help to prevent and treat infection, viruses and disease. It may actually reduce the duration and intensity of the common cold, when taken along with other herb extracts such as andrographis at the onset of symptoms.
Decreasing herpes outbreaks?
In one reported trial, 93 herpes patients took two grams of Siberian root every day. Both men and women said they experienced decreased subsequent outbreaks. Additional studies showed promise in helping cholesterol and osteoarthritis patients, as well.