Eleuthero, although little-known by most people, is a shrub that is well-regarded by those in the world of alternative medicine. Originating from many Asian countries as well as Russia, this plant has the ability to address a wide variety of health deficiencies and ailments.
Also referred to as Siberian ginseng, shigoka, Devil’s shrub touch-me-not, Kan Jang, or wild pepper, it is the leaves and the roots of the plant that offer so many benefits.
Health Benefits of Eleuthero
Below you’ll learn more about this impressive shrub, and how it can improve your life every day.
1. Immune System Support
When used in combination with other immune-supporting herbs, eleuthero can help ward off common viruses and keep you healthy. Herbalists also believe that it initiates the production of B- and T-cells in the body that attack bacteria and viruses in the body. It is also used as a means to ward off infection.
2. Fights Fatigue
Kick those energy drinks and sodas to the curb, and turn to eleuthero the next time you need a real boost of energy. Eleuthero gets the metabolism moving, helping improve circulation throughout the body and thus improves the energy flow. The root of this plant is also used to improve mental and physical performance.
3. Cognitive Improvement
Related to its ability to fight fatigue, this plant can also sharpen your mental abilities. By increasing blood flow to the brain, eleuthero improves the brain’s ability to think and respond quickly. Studies also suggest that consuming eleuthero can improve memory and concentration over the long haul; some proponents believe that Siberian ginseng can even prevent or slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease.
4. Reduces Stress
Herbalists will often turn to eleuthero when someone is complaining about high stress or anxiety issues. There are active chemical components in the plant, called eleutherosides, which actually reduce activity in the adrenal cortex, thus lessening the amount of stress hormones released in the body.
5. Heart Health
Related to eleuthero’s ability to improve circulation in the body would be its benefits for the heart. By improving circulation, the plant can help reduce the buildup of cholesterol in the arteries, thereby maintaining a healthy blood pressure and reducing the risk of heart attack or stroke.
6. Liver Support
Siberian ginseng has properties that help support the function of the liver. By aiding in healthy detox and ridding the body of harmful radiation, eleuthero keep the inside of the body clean and healthy.
7. Diabetes Management
Some studies are beginning to suggest that eleuthero may help regulate blood sugar levels and prevent diabetic shock.
8. Healthy Lungs
Eleuthero has long been used to treat respiratory conditions and issues, such as bronchitis. Likely due to its antiinflammatory properties and improvement in circulation, this plant helps reduce irritation and inflammation in the lungs; which allows one to breathe easier and clearer.
9. Reduces Inflammation
While the reduction of inflammation in the body translates to many of the other benefits already discussed, a reduction of inflammation in the body can also reduce joint pain and fight conditions such as gout and osteoarthritis. Reducing inflammation throughout the body also helps all of your organs and muscles work as efficiently as possible, and keep you healthy.
How to Use
Eleuthero can be found in tincture or capsule form in most health food stores. It can also be consumed as a tea, but that option may be less practical for those that don’t have native eleutherococcus growing near them.
Making the Tea
To make eleuthero tea, gather some dried or fresh organic root and shave into thin slices. Place one tablespoon of the shaved root into a cup. Heat purified water into a saucepan and allow to reach boiling point. Turn off the heat and pour the water into the cup over the herb. Allow to steep for about 5-10 minutes or until desired strength is reached.
Sweeten to taste. You can also add a bit of black pepper as a bioenhancer.
Making the Tincture
To make a tincture, place equal parts of eleuthero root and brandy or vodka into a glass jar. You can also use glycerin or apple cider vinegar if trying to avoid alcohol.
Ensure that the root is fully submerged under the liquid. Put the lid on, tighten, and label with the date. Place the jar in a dark cupboard for 4-6 weeks and remember to shake it daily.
After the required period, strain the liquid through cheesecloth. Your eleuthero tincture is now ready to use. Take 4-10 ml daily.
It is important to note that eleuthero has been linked at times to insomnia or hormone-related disorders. This herb is quite powerful and should be utilized only after first conferring with your physician.