Eleuthero Root (Eleutherococcus senticosus) is native to southeastern Siberia and the Korean peninsula, and settled in the damp forests of Washington, British Columbia, Oregon, and northern California. Eleuthero belongs to the Araliaceae family and is a distant relative of Asian ginseng (Panax ginseng). Eleuthero is also known as Siberian ginseng (a name banned in the United States by the Ginseng Labeling Act of 2002) Acanthopanax senticosus, Ci Wu Jia, Ciwujia, Devil’s Shrub, Eleuthera, Devil’s Bush, Eleuthero, Eleutherococc, Eleutherococci Eleutherococcus senticosus, radix, Ginseng Root, Hedera senticosa, Prickly Eleutherococc, Shigoka, Touch-Me-Not, Pepperbrush, Wild Pepper, Ussuri, Ussurian Thorny, and Wu Jia Pi. Eleuthero is a species of small, woody shrub growing to 6 feet at a slow rate. Eleuthero Root flowers in July in most habitats. The flowers have both male and female characteristics and are pollinated by insects.
Although not as popular as Asian ginseng, eleuthero was used to prevent flu, respiratory tract infections, and colds. It was also said to provide vitality and energy. In Russia, eleuthero was originally used by people in the Siberian Taiga region to increase quality of life and performance and to decrease infections.
In more modern times, eleuthero root has been used to increase stamina and endurance in Soviet Olympic athletes. Russian explorers, sailors, divers, and miners also used eleuthero root to prevent stress-related illness. After the Chernobyl accident, many Ukrainian and Russian citizens were given eleuthero to neutralize the effects of radiation.
Eleuthero root is thought to act as an adaptogen, a class of herbs that supposedly increase the body’s resistance to stress. Advocates claim that eleuthero can also help with these health conditions: arthritis, bronchitis, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, atherosclerosis, high blood pressure, fibromyalgia, kidney disease, chronic fatigue syndrome, colds, flu, insomnia, and rheumatoid arthritis. In addition, eleuthero is sometimes used to improve athletic performance, enhance the immune system, and ease the side effects of chemotherapy.
Eleuthero root may be useful as a preventive measure during the cold and flu season. However, it was not yet specifically studied for this purpose. Initial evidence also suggests that eleuthero may prove valuable in the long-term management of various diseases of the immune system, including chronic fatigue syndrome and HIV infection. It is available in the forms of encapsulated root, tincture, or tea, or maybe added to smoothies or juices. The dried roots of the eleuthero plant are typically prepared as tea. Eleuthero Tea fuels the immune system, especially during times of arduous physical exertion and stress. . Eleuthero Tea may have antiinflammatory properties, antioxidant properties that help fight cancer, enhance mental alertness, help boost physical endurance and strength, beneficial effects on the liver, and help the body burn fat faster through exercise.