Latin:  Eleutheroccocus senticosus

Family:  Araliaceae

Parts Used:  Bark

Taste/Energetics: Bitter, slightly warming

Properties:  Adaptogen, anti-inflammatory, analgesic, anxiolytic, immunostimulant

Actions:  Eleuthero, AKA Siberian Ginseng, is a relative of Asian and  American Ginseng as well as the Northwest coastal Devil’s Club.  With its nice gentle tonic and adaptogenic effect, eleuthero can be offered in many different formulas for helping to bolster the immune system, improve stamina, vitality and reduce fatigue.  It should not be seen as a replacement for needed changes in diet in lifestyle (like getting good proper sleep and rest), but it can be a helpful herb for those who have been worn out by stress and trauma and need deep level nourishment and support.   In Chinese medicine it is known as a “Qi tonic” and is best offered over a period of time as its benefits are cumulative.

This is an herb that is often offered in tincture form but I feel it is best taken in whole form and  added to tea formulas.  As an adaptogen it is not excessively strong like Asian ginseng and is helpful for those who feel weak, worn out with fatigue, insomnia, arthritic pain and who tend to get colds and infections easily. Commonly offered to those with CFS, fibromyalgia, exhaustion with limited heat signs.

Dose:  2-4 tsp in pint of water decocted for 40 minutes to 2 x/day; 2-5 ML up to 2 x /day

Contraindications:  None