What Is Siberian Ginseng?

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Siberian ginseng is an herb that has been used in Eastern countries, such as Russia and China. Siberian ginseng is different from American or Asian ginseng due to its different chemical compounds. Russians and Siberians have used ginseng as an adaptogen, which allows them to adapt to mental and physical stressors like the harsh winters. Siberian ginseng was used to stimulate appetite and enhance memory. Siberian ginseng is also known as "eleuthero" and should not be confused with American or Asian ginseng.

Eleutherosides

Eleutherosides are the active compound in Siberian ginseng. They are thought to stimulate your appetite and enhance your memory. The Siberian region of Russia is remote and, until recently, most studies surrounding Siberian ginseng were conducted in Russia, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. The Russian data suggests that Siberian ginseng can improve your overall health and strengthen your immune system. Research shows that it can help you adapt mentally and physically to handle stressful situations.

Adaptogen

In 2005, the Swedish Herbal Institute in Gothenburg, wanted to find evidence in the effectiveness of the plant's adaptogens. Adaptogens have an effect on the sympatho-adrenal-system. This particular system is what allows us to react and adapt to a stressor. Rhodiola rosea, Siberian ginseng and other adaptogens were tested and each of the plants increased mental performance and physical working capacity within only 30 minutes of administration. These adaptogens could be a useful alternative to harsh stimulants (i.e., high doses of caffeine), which could be linked to addiction, tolerance and have an abuse potential. Stimulants can also effect sleep structure, which is why they should not be take six to eight hours before sleep. Stimulants can also cause a "crash," also known as "hypersomnolence."

Additional Siberian Ginseng Studies

According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, 93 people with herpes simplex type 2 took Siberian ginseng during a six-month trial. It was found that Siberian ginseng reduced the severity, frequency and duration of the herpes outbreaks. The dose of Siberian ginseng was not available.

General Doses of Siberian Ginseng

The general recommended dose is 500 to 3,000 mg daily, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. Siberian ginseng can be found in capsules, raw powder or tea.

Warning

Please consider seeking the help of your health care provider before starting any supplementation. Ginseng may cause headache, insomnia, nosebleeds and vomiting.

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